myth | shadow | play
Inspired by the poetry of Ovid, the music of Philip Glass, the visual play of shadow puppetry theatre, the Jungian shadow and an emerging character of the marionette, this piece comes from exploration of metamorphosis. How can a shadow multiply into various forms of representation? The shadow of the figure's hand at once looks like a jellyfish, at other times, a monster, then, a wave. Taking the first line of Ovid's Metamophoses,, "In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas / corpora" (I intend to speak of forms changed into new entities), this work explores that universal story of change, of creation and destruction, of the ongoing metamorphoses of entities. The movements of a dancer repeatedly shift; they enact a fluid dialogue of creation and destruction of symbols and echoes of ideas, feelings, and states. In Ovid's myths, violence often accompanies the metamorphoses of human figures into the natural landscape. A number of transformations happen, from human to animal (Perdix), to inanimate object (Nileus), to constellation (Ariadne's crown), to fungus (Mushrooms), to a different sex (Hyenas), to colour (Pebbles). How many forms can you see transformed in the hands of the puppet's shadows?