The Dark Queen calls out from the Great Below and invites you to descend and gather with her amongst the seeds and soil and the dark of the moon. The Queen gives her sincere apologies for her flatulence, things are a bit out of balance underground. But don’t be afraid of the spells and smells she’s casting inside the dark moon, transformation can be a messy business.
Based on poetry written nearly 4000 years ago about theDescent of Innana, Dark Moon retells stories from Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth by Diane Wolkstein and The Moon: Symbol of Transformation by Jules Cashford
The Primordial Mermaid
Once upon a time, deep in the Primordial Ocean an enchanting mermaid was born. Ever since she has been traveling the waters of life, gathering ancient stories of creation. Now this majestic creature of the deep is waiting on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin to remind us how to awaken the seeds of wisdom that lie within us and beneath us. Art Not Apart, Contour556, Canberra 2018
Poetry and song stir the radiant spirit of Penelope, wife of Homer’s hero Odysseus. Our travelling performance is inspired by Emile Bourdelle’s mythic figure. We begin in Nakaya’s Fog Sculpture, then approach Penelope and journey to her inner world through a descent into James Turrell’s Skyspace.
Music composed by Glenda Cloughley and Mesomedes of Crete (2ndCenturyCE). Contour556, National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden 2016
A mythopoetic, site-specific theatre trilogy based on the ancient Mediterranean agricultural myth of Persephone and Demeter.
Miriam as Persephone. Written by Dr Craig San Roque.
Persephone’s Picnic 2015
Persephone Underground 2016
Persephone’s Heart (Greece) 2017
A Chorus of Women
Miriam has been attentive to transmissions from her own Western heritage since her four-year involvement with A Chorus of Women. She has been singing, performing and offering creative direction for different events and major projects. In 2003 A Chorus of Women sang a Lament for the people of Iraq. 150 Canberra women sang inside Parliament House as the Australian Government declared war. 15 years later, Chorus continues to resound the participative democratic voice of the citizens’ chorus in original song, community events and major performance projects.