Oct 2021 To Open Up / A rereading of Pendragon v. UK (1999)
To Open Up
A performative rewriting of Pendragon v United Kingdom (1999)
Under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986, a druid, performing a summer solstice ceremony at Stonehenge along with about 40 other people, was arrested for trespassing. The case reached the European Court of Human Rights which, in its Pendragon v United Kingdom, (1999) 27 E.H.R.R. CD179 (1998) judgement.
We go into the case, open it up, past its skin, laterally into the organs, landing finally onto its entrails.
The body of the case is still pulsing. Good.
The elements are pouring out.
The Earth Law Judgement Project
curated by Helen Dancer and Bonnie Holligan
text and performance
16 June, 2021