Just Me, Circe was first premiered at the Provincetown Dance Festival in 2011. It is a short solo set to a harmonica and piano score by Michael Wall. It’s about sex, power, and magic. It’s about being a woman.
I have always been interested in Greek mythology, particularly how the myths treat female characters. The Greek myths are told from a male perspective, and so many of them are riddled with misogyny: Pandora’s curiosity unleashes evil into the world, sirens tempt sailors to their watery deaths, the Trojan War stems from the quarreling of three goddesses and the irresistible beauty of one gal named Helen.
And then there’s Circe…..
Circe is a witch. Some say she’s a goddess. She’s known for her arts of seduction and enchantment, and she’s particularly famous for turning men into pigs. She’s knowledgeable, and so she is feared.
But who is Circe, really? What is she like? How does she feel when that shipload of dudes shows up on her doorstep demanding her hospitality? Or when Odysseus threatens to kill her? Or when after sleeping with her for a year, he just decides to sail off into the distance?
Am I like Circe? Could I be like her?
She Moves: A dance concert to benefit the Women’s Center of Rhode Island is a collaborative effort bringing together eleven of the strongest female voices in the Rhode Island contemporary dance community. Feb. 15, 6:00pm.Share