“Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.”
– W.S. Merwin, “Separation”
Observance of the Unseen Realm: Liminal Witnesses
In our every day lives, we are influenced by many unseen elements.
There are many silent whispers that guide us, and many unseen hands that carry us.
During All Souls, we celebrate this liminal experience.
We stand at the threshold: a celebration of life, a mediation on passing.
Along the Ghost River Walk, towering witnesses on stilts will carry illuminated cellophane figures that appear to float above the crowd. Smoke-bearers will offer aromatics inspired by the rites and rituals of sacred spaces. The sound of gentle chimes will announce the presence of these figures as they pass along the path
“It’s simple really, very clear
Like music drifting in the air
Invisible, but everywhere
Just because I cannot see it
Doesn’t mean I can’t believe it “
– “Jack’s Obsession” from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas
Ghost River Crew Director: Allison Desrosiers is a stilt-artist, tarot reader, health educator, and mermaid. Raised on a steady diet of Mummenschanz and Muppets, Allison studied Elements of 3D Design at the University of Connecticut before attending the Tisch School of Performing Arts at NYU. After ten years as a creative consultant for Gothic design team Funhouse NYC, Allison wound up in the desert, immersed in faith-based studies, EMS work, yoga, and circus arts. Since 2016, Allison has worked with House of Cirque (Phoenix AZ), Circus Farm (Mesa AZ), and Tucson Circus Arts (Tucson, AZ) to learn, collaborate, and provide quality performances throughout Arizona. It is with deep gratitude that Allison shares yet another All Souls experience with this community.