Puppettheatre with live-music, inspired by celtic Myth
Two worlds - puppets and music, reflection of myth. Tradition contrasts with modern media, wooden puppets with projection.
A godlike woman, Étaín is an ethereal being born from the river Boyne - she is the last woman in the matriarchal line. The play is an essence of the three lives of Étaín and her fate between two men, a druid and a warrior. Who is she going to choose? The performance is accompanied by live music (violin, viola, harps and drums). The projection acts as an abstract narrator and a catalyst of the storyline. Suitable for youth and adults.
The Legend - something about
Celtic people lived in Europe since the 10th century BC and their myths are some of our common European cultural heritage. The Celts moulded the elemental features of the European culture and lived in harmony with their environment..
Boand - Goddess of the River Boyne, Étaín´s mother
Elcmar - a reverse side of good, vicious, envious and mean, Boand’s husband
Eochaid - a legendary High King of Ireland, marriage with Étaín is numinous wedding between king and goddess- priestess
Étaín - goddess who has extraordinary position in Celtic mythology due to her double rebirth. She represents beauty, fertility and healing ability
Dagda - an important god of Irish mythology. His name means "The Good God", not good in a moral sense, but good at everything, or all-powerful. Dagda is a father-figure and a protector of the tribe. He also possessed a richly ornamented magic harp made of oak which, when he played it, put the seasons in their correct order
Fuamnach - Midir's first wife and a witch. When Midir fell in love with Étaín, Fuamnach got so jealous that she cast several spells on her
Midir - druid, master of the Land of the Immortals, husband of Fuamnach, but later falling in love with Étaín
Oengus - god of Love or fertility generally
The triskele, or triple spiral. The spiral is an ancient Celtic symbol related to the sun, afterlife and reincarnation. It is supposed by some to be a symbol of pregnancy (the sun describes a spiral in its movements every three months; a triple spiral represents nine months)
The Druids and Druidesses - formed the professional class in Celtic society. They performed the functions of modern day priests, teachers, ambassadors, astronomers, genealogists, philosophers, musicians, theologians, scientists, poets and judges. They underwent lengthy training: some sources say 20 years. Druids led all public rituals, which were normally held within fenced groves of sacred trees. They also taught a mystery tradition. Since ancient Druidism was an oral tradition, they did not have a set of scriptures as do Christianity and other "religions of the book.
The cult of head - amongst the Celts the human head was venerated above all else, since the head was to the Celt the soul, centre of the emotions as well as of life itself, a symbol of divinity and of the powers of the other-world. The Celtic head-hunters venerated the image of the severed head as a continuing source of spiritual power. If the head is the seat of the soul, possessing the severed head of an enemy, honourably reaped in battle, added prestige to any warrior's reputation
Tara - The Hill of Tara (Irish Teamhair na Rí, "Hill of the Kings"), located near the River Boyne is reputed to have been the seat of the High King of Ireland.