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The Morrígan

“The Morrígan” is a solo work-in-progress investigating the figure of its namesake, a key goddess entity in pre-Christian Irish mythology. It is being developed as part of ChoreoLab at the Junction Dance Festival in Vermont.

Showings

ChoreoLab Perfortmance at The Barn, July 15-16, 2022, Corinth, VT // Fri @ 7pm, Sat @ 3pm // Tickets & Info

Junction Dance Festival, July 22-24, 2022, White River Junction, VT // Sun @ 3pm // Full Schedule & Info

Process

This is a research- and meditation-driven work. Research has included a course on connecting with The Morrígan figure through the Irish Pagan School, as well as scholarly articles and texts on the stories involving her character. Meditation and improvisation on the themes of shapeshifting, wildness, triptychs, body as landscape, feminine power versus vulnerability, and the unknowability of intention have all informed the movement choices. Text-based movement was also developed from a translation of one of the prophetic poems The Morrígan speaks to the warrior figure of Cú Chulainn in myth.

The goal is both to learn about and spotlight the lesser-known parts of Irish mythology amongst the Irish-American community; and to connect the complexity of this goddess figure to contemporary themes of lost connections to natural landscape, perceptions of powerful female figures, and the nuanced, poetic areas between realities.