Mythical Beings: April 2017

 

For this showcase we decided to get a little more creative and build our own story. Each performer chose a mythical being to represent. We didn’t limit ourselves to one culture or time period which brought a lot of great history into the show.

The Phoenix

Performance, Choreography and Costume by Lindsey Morgan
Music: The Unforgiven (Instrumental) by Metallica

“The Phoenix, also known as the majestic sunbird of Greek mythology, is said to be the size of an eagle, with plumage of red and gold. The stories say that the Phoenix dies in a show of all consuming flames before being reborn and rising from the ashes. This cyclical pattern can symbolize the rise, fall, and renewal of the self or a society. In this way, the rebirth of the phoenix also represents hope for a better future.”

The Dullahan

Performance, Choreography and Costume by Alex Ansari
Music: Hybrid by Elsiane

“It is a quiet night in Irish countryside. Fog rolls over the hills and moors, shrouding the land. The people keep their doors locked, hoping to forestall what comes, but none can. When he calls, the souls of the dead must come. He rides a black stead, going swiftly through the night. The space above his shoulders is empty, he walks with no head. In the crook of his arm he carries the thing, lifting it only to call forward the souls of the dead. The headless horseman, the Grim reaper, they’ve given him many names, but when the Dullahan calls, you’ll finally know his face.”

Medusa

Performance, Choreography and Costume by Dafne Andrea Chianella Collins
Music: Snake Charmer by Jesse James

“Her severed head would serve as a weapon for heros; it created the corals of the Red Sea, the snakes of the Sahara, and even birthed the divine winged Pegasus. But one gaze into her eyes, will lead to death. Medusa. As a mortal maiden, she was the jealous aspiration of many suitors. Her ravishing beauty attracted undesired adoration, which enraged the gods. As punishment, her gorgeous hair was transformed into venomous serpents and her face was so hideous and frightening, the mere sight of her turned onlookers to stone. She was a monster. But it was her monstrous, slithering head that became the myth that influenced cultures and religions throughout history. Today, her image represents beauty, art, philosophy, and feminism.”

Queen Cassiopeia

Performance, Choreography and Costume by Raven Askew
Music: Gold by Owl City

“Queen Cassiopeia is unparalleled in beauty and vanity. She boasted of her beauty and declared that she was more beautiful than all the water nymphs, Nereids, who were the daughters of one of the sea gods, Nereus. In this defiance of the gods by displaying her excessive pride, Cassiopeia upset the sea god Poseidon and he therefore doomed Cassiopeia to a punishment in the heavens. The Queen’s doomed fate was to spend the rest of eternity upside down in the stars, tied to a chair. Cassiopeia is now one of the constellations forever more displaying her beauty to the world on her throne in the night sky.”

Valkyrie

Performance, Choreography and Costume by Catherine Kramp
Music: This Will Be the Day by Jeff Williams

“The chaos of battle swirls around her as she calmly watches the scene. She searches for those who die bravely in battle. When she finds a valiant hero she bears his soul to Valhalla where he will spend his time preparing for the final battle Ragnarok. She is a Valkyrie, the Chooser of the Fallen, a female helping spirit of Odin.”

The Siren

Performance, Choreography and Costume by Jennifer Titche
Music: No Diggity by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

“There are certain characters who appear in our stories time and time again – throughout cultures, across history, in nearly every part of the world. The hero, the villain, the mother, the fool… the temptress. Sirens, beautiful temptresses from Greek mythology, are one of these characters. The Sirens were known for their enchanting songs that would appeal to sailor’s souls and draw their ships in to wreck. It was said that the Sirens would only live for as long as mortals who heard their song were unable to pass them by. This Siren is still singing.”

Tiresias

Performance, Choreography and Costume by Anastasia Timina
Music: Room 3327 by Gramatik

“Although blind by the conventional definition of the word, Tiresias is clairvoyant. Prophet to Apollo himself, Tiresias has an exceptional ability to see the future an to know things about a person or object. He traded his ability to SEE with his eyes for and ability to SEE ALL with his mind. Often his visions come at the mention of a name or at the touch of an object. It is said that he takes on an otherworldly persona while having a vision, and that it is a spectacle worth witnessing.”

The Sun & Moon

Performance, Choreo and Costume by Jordan Anderson & Clayton Woodson
Music: Sunlight by Helena

“Throughout mythology the sun and moon have been represented by gods, titans, warriors and sages. They have been siblings, lovers and warriors. Depending on the origin of the myth, the sun and moon were created from everything from dueling family members to star-crossed lovers. Always they are banished to spend most of their time apart, and only allowed short moments of time together. During the day, the sun shines bright and at night, the moon reflects light down to the earth. To love the sun and the moon is also to love the inbetween times, during dusk and twilight, when the two get to interact, to dance and play together as they move into their places in the sky.”

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