Life Begins at Land’s End is a performance exploring issues of fertility, birth and life rituals, by Emilia Telese, for Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Rebirth Day programme of events starting on 21 December 2012.
Pregnant women will walk on Cornwall’s Land’s End and form a Third Paradise symbol by joining together, to celebrate a new beginning in their life. The symbology of the performance meets the meaning of the place in the name of change.
Emilia Telese chose Land’s End not only because of the symbology generated by its name, but also because of the many associations between Cornwall and rituality, and the resonance of locations in Cornwall such as Men An Tol stone circle, used for fertility rites in the Bronze Age.
Life Begins at Land’s End explores the role of women, fertility and childbirth in society and above all the very start of life, the gestation and birth of a human being.