The 8th Myth and Theatre Festival
July 5- 9, 2000
workshops June 28 and July 3
On Gossip

Festival Figures, Live and Mythical

Barabbas

Maud Gonne

Guanyin or Kuan Yin

Nor Hall

Stephen Karcher

Colette Kavanagh

Kristin Linklater

Jay Livernois

Pierre Longuenesse

Venice Manley

Liam Ó Maonlaí

Liza Mayer

Minc Theatre Ireland

Metis

Pantheatre

Pan

Enrique Pardo

Connie Rodriguez

Sonu Shamdasani

Wu hsien

W.B. Yeats

Yijing

Minc

  Garter Lane Arts Centre

Pandora

Mary Ryan

       

 

Nor Hall

Her lecture at the '99 Festival in New Orleans, Hermes, the God with the Keyhole Aura, inspired the theme On Gossip. "Psyche's scribe", writer, therapist, and imaginal mythologist from Minnesota, she is a map-maker in the territory of women's studies. Her lectures on the mysterious Dionysian goings-on in Pompeii have been heard from Vilnius to San Francisco. Moving into dramaturgy, collaborating with Archipelago theatre director Ellen Hemphill, she has produced three stunning pieces. The fourth, SNOW, is having its premiere in May, and a fifth is in the making.

Maud Gonne
An epic goddess-like beauty, reputed to be a 'femme fatale,' smuggled secret documents past Russian border guards as a spy in 1892. Catching the eye of the Prince of Wales, her father had to hide with her for a time. Hissed at in public when she separated from John MacBride, she was a favorite subject for British tabloid gossip. For twenty-eight years she rejected Yeats' proposals of marriage believing that "...Poets should not marry ..." But the gossip still goes on…

Liam Ó Maonlaí

Dublin born Liam Ó Maonlaí inherited Irish music from his mother and father. At the age of 19 he formed Hothouse Flowers. Liam has recorded as an individual with Sharon Shannon, Altan, Carlos Nunes, Carly Simon, The Waterboys, Maire Breatnach, Steve Cooney, among others. He is currently involved in a suite called The Pilgrim composed by Shaun Davey. "As a child I recognised how music could reveal the soul of a culture, I still work on that premise."

Guanyin or Kuan Yin

The Bodhisattva of Active Compassion and a mistress of Skillful Means. One of the Great Protectors, she became a woman when she crossed the border into China and merged with the Dark Animal Ancestress who presides over the Way or do. Kuan Yin is pledged to come to the aid of anyone who calls on her with a sincere heart. We can gossip with her through her oracle, the Sticks of Fate.

Enrique Pardo

His Jason and Medea: Postmortem (Milan, 1998) revised the gossip about this fatal couple, from Euripides - "the inventor of soap opera", claims classicist Charles Boer, one of the founders of the Festival - to Heiner Müller and Christa Wolf. At the time, Bill Clinton (Jason?) was in trouble with Monica's dress - Medea actually killed her rival with a wedding dress! Enrique works on gossip as the stuff of dramaturgy, the back door to myth (the front door too often opens onto pious, ceremonial theatre...) He is currently peeking into Pandora's Box. Actor, director, vocalist, writer.

Connie Rodriguez

Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Loyola University in New Orleans, she teaches Latin, Greek, Classical Archaeology, ancient mystery cults and Pandora's Daughters, a course on women in antiquity. She has served for two years as interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to that she was chair of the Department of Classical Studies. Dr. Rodriguez has taught abroad in Italy and in Greece both during the academic year and summer. The only thing she likes more than gossip is chocolate!

Minc Theatre Ireland

Formed in 1998 and launched with the workshop Trust and Betrayal, directed by Kristin Linklater and Enrique Pardo, Minc went on to produce a writer's workshop by Maria Irene Fornes to accompany its' production of Ms Fornes acclaimed play MUD for the 1998 Dublin Theatre Fringe Festival. In Spring 2000 Minc staged a version of Aristophanes' LYSISTRATA described by the Sunday Times as a kind of "Carry On Mounting Olympus".

Stephen Karcher

Author, translator, lecturer and consulting diviner, he has worked with oracle texts, myths and archetypes for more than thirty years. He was Co-Director of the Eranos Yi Ching Project and helped to pioneer a depth-psychological approach to divination. He has danced, acted and choreographed professionally. His latest books are Ta Chuan: The Great Treatise and The Oracle of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Compassion. Consulting oracle to the Festival, he currently lives in North Wales where he is working on a new book, The Classic of Dreams, and makes dinner for traveling ghosts-and-spirits.

Colette Kavanagh

...was born in the village of Rathfarnham, where Yeats said his final goodbye to Maud Gonne. She swam her way through adolescence as a record-breaking aqua queen. Netted out of the water and cast onto Dublin's Gate Theatre, her passion for performance and ritual led her into tv and prize-winning documentaries. Erudite, peripatetic writer, and mythographer, educated at Pacifica Graduate Institute (California), her current projects include scripting the story of Maud Gonne for film.

Barabbas

Barabbas...the company was founded by Veronica Coburn, Raymond Keane and Mikel Murfi in 1993 and launched in a three-play festival in Project Arts Centre in 1994. Barabbas' theatre is based in the visual, physical and dynamic. Barabbas works to create a vibrant, exciting, profound performance and presentation style serving to enhance the broad theatrical landscape the company inhabits. This landscape stretches from non-verbal, lyrically visual, devised productions to commissioned work and new interpretations of extant texts. Barabbas' innovation, excitement and high production standards have brought the company an Entertainment Award in the 1997 Pan-Celtic Film and Television Awards; three nominations in the 1998 ESB Irish Times Theatre Awards including best production for The Whiteheaded Boy and The 1998 Kilkenny Beer Cream of Irish Theatre Award for their contribution to Irish Theatre.

Venice Manley

Lyric soprano and singing teacher from London, she militatated with Irish tinkers, nurtured her curiosity about their music, and her irrepressible gathering instinct turned to collecting songs and chants from all over the world. Grand-daughter of a London Gaiety Girl, she sings with the a capella group KITE and has recently performed in The Soundhouse, a project directed by Meredith Monk. She has coached at the Odin Teatret, the National Theatre, Giving Voice Project (CPR Wales), the Roy Hart Centre (France) and teaches regularly at the Gaulier School in London.

Pierre Longuenesse

A French scholar on Yeats' theatre, actor and director of the Samovar Company, has staged Shadowy Waters and other pieces by Yeats, involving music, dance and painting; now working on a multi-lingual rendering of the Persian-Arabic classic Kalila Wa Dimna, for France's prestigious Institut du Monde Arabe.

Garter Lane Arts Centre

One of Ireland’s largest arts centres, it occupies two historic 18th century Georgian buildings in the centre of Waterford City. The main one was built in 1792 as The Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends - better known as The Quakers: the movers of their own time, thoroughly opposed to gossip because they believed in "the inner truth" (already!). The Garter Lane Arts Centre theatre is often home to Red Kettle Company and Waterford Youth Drama, and its programme regularly features Irish, British and foreign performers.

Metis

Cross-bred archaic goddess of the ways of water, first wife of Zeus, mother of Athena and Poros, grandmother of Eros. We can hear her voice in the weaving of a spell or a trap, in the gossip of sea-pilots, craftspeople and wise women, in the chatter of the complexes. She gave Odysseus his nickname, polymetis, or "full-of-tricks."

Kristin Linklater

Internationally acclaimed voice teacher; co-founded Shakespeare and Company (USA). Her books: Freeing the Natural Voice and Freeing Shakespeare's Voice, are classics in the field. She has directed workshops at previous Myth and Theatre Festivals and entered into a Linklater/Pardo conspiracy which resulted in a production entitled The Shakespeare Betrayal, directed by Pardo in which Linklater embodied the illegitimate half-sister of the Earl of Oxford -- revealing the real authors of the canon. Despite all this, she was appointed in 1998 to the Chair of Theatre at Columbia University, New York.

Mary Ryan

Mary has worked as an actor and singer in film, theatre, television, and radio, including touring nationally and internationally with the Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre, Lyric and Amharclann De hIde. She gives musical theatre workshops in Irish and English, and in 1999 she formed the Molly Malone Ballad Company (Molly being a lady of the night of cockles and muscles lore) to explore the Irish tradition of song.

Wu hsien

The "joining-spirits-and-humans-together-spirit-medium" invented the profession of being a wu and put together the oracle called yi or Change. Wu can gossip with the spirits. They use words and dance to bind and loose, calling the spirits down and making them visible. They can show you your fate and your loves, but do be careful: "When Wu hsien used his words against a tree, it withered. When he used his words against a bird, it fell."

Pantheatre

Based in Paris and at the Roy Hart Centre, in Southern France, Pantheatre is an organization which covers a wide range of activities: performances, mythological studies, choreographic and voice training programmes, with themes like Shadow Boxing, Scandal, Jealousy, Therapy - or, Gossip. Founded and directed by Enrique Pardo, with Linda Wise and Liza Mayer, Pantheatre will mark its 20th anniversary with a first Symposium on Choreographic Theatre (May 2001).

Jay Livernois

One of the original pioneers and advisors to the Festival, he has contributed some of its most gossiped-about moments, with lectures on Voodoo, de Sade, Pornography, Jesus the Magician and The Occult Casanova. At the '97 Festival on The Enemy he declared himself The Enemy of Cool in his lecture on the origins and values of "cool" - hence gossips dubbed him "Mr. Cool". Editor-in-chief of Spring Publications and publisher of the Spring Journal, he is also a translator of medieval and renaissance texts (Petrarch), writer, critic.

Minc

Minc – small, soft, furry, vicious animal. Question – why do all the best parties end up in the kitchen?

W.B. Yeats

Belonged to the great romantic pack of genius gossipers of the declining 19th century: Wilde, Maeterlinck, Villiers, Blok, Verlaine; and, like most of them, was adulated and slandered, in a life that was a mixture of the sublime and the disgracefull. Had a very hard time with the Abbey Theatre, and did not realize how much of a precursor he actually was in theatre. In 1907 he wrote Deirdre, an exceptional tribute to woman.

Liza Mayer

Liza Mayer has assembled a uniquely balanced voice pedagogy. She left academia in the crazy sixties to work in London with Alfred Wolfsohn and Roy Hart, becoming a founding member of the Roy Hart Theatre. She later discovered as much prejudice in the voice-breaking avant-garde as had been attributed to classical singing and theatre, and studied with orthophonists and classical singers, incorporating studies in the physiology of the voice, movement and dance. Her own voice has the magic to transport into those moving realms known as duende.

Pan

Pan, supposedly, made ALL the Gods and Goddesses laugh when Hermes, his daddy, brought him to Olympus. His mother fled when she first saw him - his horns, beard and goat feet.. Christianity did not laugh: he became its Evil One. A borderline divinity (aren't they all?), Pan is the singer-dancer (hence Pantheatre) - haunted by desire and imagination.

Pandora

Pandora, supposedly, charmed them out of their wits and got the best and worst from ALL the gods (pan-dora: all gifted)! Her beauty and curiosity wrought havoc to Prometheus’ ideologies, though his followers still think Hope can save humanity. Enrique Pardo is looking into Pandora’s Box and the cast of this production will be stirring the gossip in his workshop.

Yijing

The Classic of Change, is the world's oldest and most interesting system of "wisdom-divination." We can use it to gossip with the gods. "One day the Master said: Change makes the subtle seeds manifest and opens the obscure. The Names it names are Small. What they reach to is Great. Their meanings reach far and have elegance. They twist and turn but always hit the center. They set things forth yet always contain the wordless secret."

Sonu Shamdasani

Considered by many as one of today's greatest Historians of Psychology, a close advisor to the Festival, he once amazed everyone with an impromptu two-hour talk on the origins and implications of the notion of archetype. Research Fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London, his most recent book sets the records straight on some sectarian gossip concerning one of psychology's founding fathers: Cult Fictions: C. G. Jung and the Founding of Analytical Psychology.

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