Choreographie/Performance: Paola Daniele
Photo/Video/Montage/Original Score/Performance: Konstantin Lunarine
The fear of abysses
Myths evoke frightful sea creatures are images that continue to haunt us. The mythology of ancient Greece is full of terrifying monsters. These monsters, sometimes grotesque, always end up being defeated by the gods or heroes.
Many of these monsters are hybrid beings, resulting from the union between a human and an animal. It is certainly no coincidence that mermaids or harpies are hybrid creatures with a woman’s head. In mythology as in many religions, women are represented as a danger or a life-threatening temptation. The monsters are intermediate in flesh and bone, very useful to the gods, because they are so deadly and frightening. When the human being decides that hi has to be equal to the gods, a horrible monster makes him quickly realize its vulnerability.
The message is clear: only the gods and heroes can defeat the monsters. It seems that the man was marked by the symbolism behind these creatures since today still, they represent our fears and questions.
Chimera, Sphinx or Phoenix are all powerful symbols that remind us that our universe is sometimes mysterious.
From Greek mythology, Scylla and Charybdis are two creatures that could be mistaken for sisters, were not. Charybdis was a monster, daughter of Poseidon the god of the oceans and Gaia. No meal managed to satiate and one day she devoured the flock of Heracles. To punish her, Zeus sent for eternity in a strait. Scylla was a nymph whose Glaucus, a marine divinity was in love. To conquer it, he asked the enchantress Circe a love potion, but she was in love with him. To rule out her rival, she turned it into a monster who found himself in the same straits of Charybdis a little further.
Their legend has given the famous expression of go between Scylla and Charybdis which can lead to go from bad to worse. The fascination for unexplored areas by humans is probably the origin of these basic myths.
The fact is that the human being is far from the king of the sea. For a long time, any trip to sea and oceans was an extraordinary adventure, originally plethora of legends and superstitions oscillating between irresistible attraction and deaf terror. This paradox is found in the most ancient myths with astonishing similarities between civilizations, because if the ocean is often a key place in the cosmogony, a sort of cradle of life, reassuring is lost in the zones shadows that cultivates its mystery. We will plunge into the abysses in this mysterious universe and these primordial fears more archaic than the langague, fascination for unexplored areas that characterizes the man since the beginning of time. A fear of the feminine as the promordiales waters. The primordial water is the source of life itself, but also the place where you can drown and disappear where they live monstrous species. The ocean as a source of life but also as liquid boundary between the sun and the world of darkness.
Life-giving and death, water personified by the woman feeds the greatest hopes as the greatest fear.
“Christianity does not it make you the baptism, a dip in the running water, the ritual of symbolic death preceding a resurrection?”
Once upon a time the girls … Patrick Banon
Stromboli Island 2015