In light of the overwhelming positive response to Eleusyve Production’s stage production of Aleister Crowley’s The Rite of Jupiter, a rock opera, the Seattle-based production company is making the video presentation available for presale, either on DVD or through their steaming services on Vimeo.
According to the production company’s site:
“The Rites of Eleusis were a series of seven public invocations or rites written by British occultist Aleister Crowley, each centered on one of the seven classical planets of antiquity. They were dramatically performed by Aleister Crowley, Leila Waddell (Laylah), and Victor Benjamin Neuburg in October and November, 1910, at Caxton Hall, London. This act brought Crowley’s occult organization the A∴A∴ into the public eye.
“Crowley claimed that the Rites were designed to inspire the audience with ‘religious ecstasy’, and that merely reading them would help people ‘cultivate their highest faculties.’ Some in the popular press thought otherwise, and considered the Rites an immoral display, riddled with ‘blasphemy and erotic suggestion.’ The Rite of Luna was danced by Joan Hayes also known as Ione de Forest, a lover of Victor Neuberg’s.”
More information available at www.ritesofeleusis.com