The Exchange Gallery, Penzance, 2008.
St. Mary’s Churchyard and surrounding streets,
3 hours daily for 4 days
Using fox imagery to channel and awaken the feminine
sexual energy in the body. Simultaneously to raise
energy in the land/environment at strategic points
along the Mary Ley Line in Penzance.
This work deliberately crosses the boundary
between performing inside the designated art space
and outside with the land. The performer, dressed
in red, begins and ends in front of a mirror in
the gallery, where she adorns and takes off a
headdress decorated with two real fox heads. The
transformation into the fox happens in and around
the mirror as the performer allows her own identity
to recede. When the transformation is in progress
she leaves the mirror, and then the gallery. She
uses repetitive gesture and rhythmic fox cries
to enter a ritual-trance state as she moves in
and around the Mary Ley Line. The performance
culminates each day at the sacred site of St.
Mary’s Churchyard. This performance evokes
a sexual celebration akin to the pagan Holy-Day
of May Day.
Costume Design by Fernando Mialski / Music by
Alice Kemp / Bodhrán by Ian Whitford
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