Psalm for the Monstrous
Psalm for the Monstrous is a grief ritual, a rage fest, and an ode to the monster within. Deconstructing the Medusa myth, Psalm for the Monstrous explores how narratives of power, victimhood, and violence relate to being a woman. Working in collaboration with Maria Mavridou, we will construct a ritual using the drag character Victory Medusa. I’m not sure if it will end up being a healing ritual, a grieving ritual, or a rage-filled summoning circle, or something in between. Can we ever heal Medusa the abuse she suffered? What happens when we invite Medusa to haunt a performance? What would it mean to just sit with her in all her pain AND possibility? I am interested in exploring the potential for invitation and haunting in the gendered physicalities of action movies by creating dance scores from them. This piece will investigate female grief, rage, and the monstrous within us all.