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THE MOUTH OF THE GODS is a combined arts and heritage project, which will see us collaborate with London's Latin American communities to explore their history, music, dances, rituals, costumes and other cultural traditions. At the centre of the project is the short opera ST. FRANCISCO XAVIER, written by an anonymous Indigenous composer for performance by Indigenous musicians on the Jesuit missions during the 18th century.

The opera will be the climax of a full-length performance at Hoxton Hall, and the performance will be the climax of a major engagement project. The first part of the event will make use of other music from the same region and period, coupled with drama, dance and traditional ritual to tell the story of Latin America's Indigenous communities from their own point of view. 

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We are seeking dedicated dancers of Latinx backgrounds to participate in dance workshops and perform at Hoxton Hall in London as part of THE MOUTH OF THE GODS. The project uses  opera, drama, dance and traditional ritual to tell the story of Latin America's Indigenous communities. Workshops will be led by Jessica Luong, co-founder of Balia Peru, and Border Crossings' choreographer Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi. Volunteers must be 16+ with dance experience and enjoy working collaboratively. 

  • Initial workshops on 13 April, 11 May and 8 June from 10:30-4:30.
  • Weekly evening workshops from September.
  • Performances at Hoxton Hall from 27 November to 1 December 2024.

Want to get involved? Register interest by emailing Lucy.


We are on the lookout for 12 passionate and experienced embroidery volunteers to helps us recreate an embroidered mantle of the Paracas Culture of Peru. The final stitched artwork will be featured on stage at Hoxton Hall, in the heart of London's East End, as part of the performance of THE MOUTH OF THE GODS. In this eight-month project, volunteers will have the opportunity to be guided by a Peruvian embroidery master Bella Lane and to explore The British Museum archives. We particularly encourage applicants from Latin American backgrounds. Email Lucy for details. 

THE MOUTH OF THE GODS project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players. Also supported by the Cockayne Foundation, London Community Foundation and the Marchus Trust. Co-produced by Hoxton Hall.

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