(12/12/00 10:31:27 pm)
|Rites of Passage|
I am a brand spanking new user, so forgive me if I am repeating a topic, although it is related to the "Transformations" topic posted earlier.
I am a graduate student in acting, and I will be creating my own performance peice as part of my Master's thesis. I have decided to focus my perfomance around the "rites of passage" that women must go through in order to acheive the next phase of their lives. I beleive fairy tales to be the universal expression of those initations: they tell tales of the heroine's passage from girl-child to maid, from maid to wife, from wife to mother, from mother to stepmother, from stepmother to crone/witch, from witch to fairy godmother.
My plan is to create the script for my piece out of various sources: original tellings, adaptations, critical analyses. I would love to hear your thoughts on my proposal, as well as recommendations for tales that embody the "rites of passage" theme.
(12/13/00 8:46:29 am)
|Rites of Passage|
Allyson: This is a great topic. My own favorite rites-of-passage tale is The Girl With No Hands, aka The Girl With Silver Hands...or the African variant Midori Snyder uses in her story of the same title, The Armless Maiden. Marie-Louise von Franz gives an insightful analysis of the story from a Jungian perspective in her book called (I believe) The Feminine in Fairy Tales.
Have you read Midori's essay on The Armless Maiden? You can find
it at www.phantastes.com/98fall/heroine.html.
Two other good essays on the subject are Heinz Insu Fenkl's article
on the Korean tale The Blindman's Daughter www.endicott-studio.com/forblind.html
and Terri's Rites of Passage article, www.endicott-studio.com/forrites.html.
(12/13/00 10:10:55 pm)
After reading the articles (which were incredibly helpful, Thank you Terri and Midori), I explored the Endicott site...all I can say is WOW. The whole idea of interstitial art appeals to me, and interdisciplinary work has always influenced me as an artist/student of the arts. What especially excited me was the wonderful poetry I encountered in the Coffe House section of the site. BRAINSTORM!
Does anyone know how I can get permission to use selected portions of the poems that are on the site? Visions of movement pieces dance in my head...
I also took a gander at the Gallery of artwork, and I can definitely use that imagery (as well as iconography I have already researched) as a basis for physicalizing the stories.
What a wonderful discovery!
(12/16/00 2:17:35 am)
Allyson: You can write to any of the poets on the Endicott site to ask permission to use their pieces by sending e-mail to the Endicott Studio: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glad you liked the site!