Les Rêves Canadiens
| Susan McNaughton's Intermezzo blends with Brahms to set the stage for this revisit to the
essential myth of Persephone and Demeter. The fundamental quality of feminity is
change. Women's bodies change many times in their lives. Their relationships
with the people they love change too.|
So it is with mothers and
This is the dance of life. Where Persephone dances flowers grow.|
The earth is
forever spring and summer.
Disturbed by the blight of the Earth Zeus intervenes with Hades. Persephone is eventually released, but she has consumed
seven pomegranate seeds, the symbol of fertility and is bound to winter in Hades
for eternity. Seven is that magic Pythagorean number like a diminished seventh
note always offering the eighth and the return. Women hunger for their seeds to grow and are in the end left
to hunger in their loneliness.
| Hades sees the beautiful Persephone and seduces her
into the underworld.|
Demeter is left to search the world for her daughter. When Helios
tells Demeter where her daughter is the Earth Mother reacts vengefully sending winter to earth.
Wendy Chiles and Kathleen
Pyper work brilliantly under the guidance of
choreographer Susan McNaughton.
| She must find her peace with the cycles of life and the wheel of
the fates. She passes from her life as a maiden to the responsiblities and joys
of the world.|
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