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

On Gossip

The Lectures
Nor Hall, Connie Rodriguez, Jay Livernois, Colette Kavanagh, Stephen Karcher

Open Sessions & Master Classes

Sonu Shamdasani, Stephen Karcher, Neil and Luke Clancy, Mary Ryan

All the workshop leaders presented their work in sessions and/or master classes open to all Festival participants between July 3 and 9.

Nor Hall

Gossips and the God with the Keyhole Aura

An adapted version of the lecture that inspired the theme "On Gossip", delivered at the New Orleans ‘99 Festival - "Hermes; Quick, Cool and Crooked." From the theology of gossip (god-sibs) to Plato ("myth is kitchen-sink gossip") to highly controversial contemporary issues.

Connie Rodriguez

A recounting of some of Suetonius' more outrageous gossip about the Julio-Claudians in his Biography of the Caesars. With slides of portraits, la "I, Claudius". More historical than mythological... Interspersed with surprise readings from Suetonius.

Colette Kavanagh

MAUD GONNE: Half Lion, Half Child.

Once W.B. Yeats saw the beautiful Maud Gonne, he fell totally in love with her and was, in his own words, "overthrown by a woman’s gaze." He pleaded with her to marry him, but she thought "poets should not marry" and refused his proposals for almost 28 years. During this time Yeats wrote some of the most beautiful poetry of the twentieth century.

Stephen Karcher

Bad Blood, Straw Dogs and Paper Tigers: Divination, Gossip and the logoi in Warring States China and Hellenistic Greece.

I am relating divination and gossip (I heard it through the grapevine!) in two troubled times because of a shared scandalous nature, a concern with straw dogs and other fictional histories, the chatter of the complexes or ghosts-and-spirits, the hint of a cybernetic guidance loop and nigredo consciousness (bad blood indeed!) They both constantly circle round the shards of words, the logoi, that cast myths into our eyes.

Jay Livernois

The Gossip on Soul

"Soul" was the word of the nineties, yet like bad gossip, it now seems to be everywhere you don't want it to be, from your chicken soup to your bed to your teenager. How has this happened? According to Webster's dictionary, isn't "soul" the same as "spirit," and vice versa? How has there been a cultural change in soul's usage, and if so, who or what was responsible? Is it really all Thomas Moore's and James Hillman's fault? What about C. G. Jung's role? How was soul's dissemination connected to Robert Bly and the men's movement or contemporary feminism and the goddess?



Stephen Karcher

Cultivating Images: using the Yijing's figures, omens and phrases (the logoi) to "gossip with the ghosts-and-spirits" - exploring the way Change can help open personal concerns to archetypal fields of imagery and associations that move (in) the imagination. These would be rooted in on-the-spot divinations: Making mirrors of the moments to reflect the gods.

Sonu Shamdasani

Thinkshops : experimental explorations in the practice of thinking and in

"the experimental creation of gossip" !

Neil Clancy, Luke Clancy

A presentation of Waking Antigone’s brother, by Minc Theatre, including a discussion on new technologies with guest speakers Neil Clancy, Head of Interactive Services for R.T.E, and Luke Clancy, theatre critic and Editor of, will play its part at the festival.

Mary Ryan

Ballads and Bards During this two hour performance, Mary Ryan sings the ballads and discusses their influence on our major writing. She also performs from the work of the writers and in particular James Joyce who used ballads as an organising agent in much of his work. "All songs are living ghosts and long for a living voice." (Brendan Keneally)

All the workshop leaders presented their work in sessions and/or master classes open to all Festival participants between July 3 and 9.

Check The Gossip on Gossip Column for the latest gossip on the Festival, for proposals and likely themes - contributions welcome!

Check "A Panic Chronicle" - Pantheatre's 20th Anniversary and Summer of 2000



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