New Orleans 2001
9th Myth and Theatre Festival

"On Jealousy"

July 25 to 29 , 2001

with theatre / dance / voice & mythology
10-day workshops start
July 20

Editorial and Press Release

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"On Jealousy"

Editorial "On Jealousy"

Mythology thrives on jealousy. The best laid plans of mice, men and gods are brushed aside by the power of jealousy, whose reptilian reflexes drag us back to the swamps. Theatre also thrives on jealousy: its subterfuges coil their way through many of tragedy's intrigues and comedy's greatest (and sometimes nastiest) laughs, with its cornuto lore: the cuckold, the laughingstock, the scapegoat of our insecurities.

Psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists and other "ists" moved in on jealousy in the wake of the 60s sexual revolution and women's liberation movement. The New Age mood was optimistic: jealousy would recede, become a leftover, the shadow of a dinosaur. Rituals were performed to new mythologies, mostly imported from the East, or from a bronze-age Eden. Possession, and therefore jealousy, was blamed on iron-age patriarchs. Others felt they had graduated, or at least, perhaps with age, grown beyond the reach of jealousy's sharp claws. The question remains: does the 'post-jealousy syndrome' imply 'post-passion'? Is jealousy passion's inevitable escort, its secret procuress, linking the imagination of sex with the drive to posses?

The Festival invites you to take a second look at jealousy through its mythologies, the fiery triangles in its dramaturgies and choreographies. Performing artists, for instance, will study postmodern dance-theatre classics from this perspective. Join mythologists in commenting Jason and Medea: Postmortem, a Pantheatre performance where the theme of jealousy first came up: a choreographic theatre piece where six actresses "let fly" their views for and against jealousy's emblematic mythical couple. We will also look at the incredible imagination, and variety, of animal jealousy. Myths lurk in every corner in New Orleans - the imaginal capital of 'The South' - from the depths of the Louisiana bayous to the wickedest streets of the Vieux Carré. Is it that New Orleans' music and fiction are 'hot' because they are openly spiced with jealousy, flourishing in the shadows of love's impassioned discourse?

Enrique Pardo

Check The Gossip Column On Jealousy for later comments on The Editorial

 

PRESS RELEASE
(Jan. 2001)

The International Myth and Theatre Festival returns to New Orleans (local)

Myth and Theatre Festival Comes to the City that Care Forgot (national)

A unique meeting of the performing arts and mythology returns to New Orleans, July 25 to 29, 2001: the 9th Myth and Theatre Festival will take place both at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré, in the heart of the French Quarter. Each of these festivals approaches a topic related to myth and psychology, and explores it through workshops, lectures, master classes and performances. This year the theme will be: On Jealousy. The festival is organized by Pantheatre, from France, in collaboration with the Universities of Tulane and Loyola, who will be hosting workshops on theatre, dance, voice, mythology, archetypal psychology - starting July 20th.

The Myth and Theatre Festival was created in France in the early 80s, when members of the Paris-based Pantheatre, and of the legendary Roy Hart Theatre (the 70s avant-garde voice theatre) got together with world renowned psychologist James Hillman, his friends and colleagues. The outcome was a series of extraordinary gatherings with themes such as The Greed of Dionysos, Alchemy, Aphrodite, Magic, The Enemy.

After a USA first in New Orleans in 1999, dedicated to the God Hermes ("Quick, Cool and Crooked"), the festival takes on jealousy, its mythologies, the fiery triangles in its dramaturgies and choreographies, and asks the question: "is jealousy passion's inevitable escort, its secret procuress, linking the imagination of sex with the drive to posses?" Frowned upon in the revolutionary 60s and 70s as a dinosaur alligator (or godzilla!) that should be gotten rid of, jealousy seems to be making an archetypal comeback; witness the 90's Othello: O.J. Simpson - or, worse, the Jerry Springer Show. "Mythology thrives on jealousy," says Enrique Pardo, founder of Pantheatre and the Myth and Theatre Festival. "The best laid plans of mice, men and gods are waylaid by the power of jealousy. Theatre also thrives on jealousy: its subterfuges coil their way through many of tragedy's intrigues and comedy's greatest (and sometimes nastiest) laughs."

In New Orleans - the imaginal capital of 'The South' - myths lurk in every corner, from the depths of the swamps of Louisiana to the wickedest streets of the Vieux Carré. Is it that New Orleans' music and fiction are 'hot' because they are overtly spiced with jealousy, and flourish in the shadows of love's impassioned discourse?

Pantheatre, the organizing company, is at the cutting edge of both physical theatre research and archetypal studies, elaborating a unique and inspiring blend of the two. The festival will, for instance, present a video of Jason and Medea: Postmortem, where the idea of a festival on jealousy first came up: a dance theatre piece directed by Festival director Enrique Pardo in Milan, Italy, in 1998, where six actresses "let fly" their views for and against jealousy's emblematic mythical couple. Pantheatre has also set up projects On Gossip (Ireland, July 2000) and On Scandal (Umbria, Italy). Other recent productions include "Greed", an adaptation of Euripides' The Bacchae, at Columbia University, New York, and The Shakespeare Betrayal (New York, 1999), with Kristin Linklater, another regular contributor to the festival.

Workshops with Pantheatre combine theatre training with a challenging sense of personal initiative ("rules are made to confirm exceptions" is one of their mottos). Enrique Pardo's workshop will be titled Triangles : Cultivating Insecurity. He explains: "The point is risk: putting oneself artistically at risk in order to enhance the story, the image, the ensemble". Linda Wise will tackle Emotion: How to Let Fly, Liza Mayer, Carmen for Beginners. Both will be including Roy Hart Theatre extended range voice techniques.

Invited teachers this year are Joan Schirle, co-Artistic Director and founding member of Dell’Arte International, America's most famous physical theatre school, and Bruno Dizien, one of France's most exciting and eccentric choreographers, whose dance workshop will include rock-climbing techniques!

The festival workshops encourage cross-disciplinary participation, mixing actors, dancers and singers with non-performers, and creating an atmosphere unique among conferences. The quality of dialogue between performers, mythologists, therapists, writers, visual artists is the festival's pride, and inspiration. As described by Sonu Shamdasani, author of Cult Fictions, award winning London-based Historian of Psychology, and regular contributor, the Myth and Theatre Festival is "a dance of ideas."

 

Festival Contacts

Reports on Previous Festivals

Myth and Theatre Festival, New Orleans

HERMES
Quick, Cool and Crooked

New Orleans - 1999

Pantheatre, Paris
festival@pantheatre.com
On Gossip
Waterford, Ireland - 2000

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