Maenad performs publicly with the House of Inanna troupe for the first time at the August Hafla. Congratulations to Maenad and all our dancers!
In this performance House of Inanna honors a rare and beautiful occurrence — a Female Bodhisattva — by dancing her story: a lost soul who becomes a Tara, an an enlightened one, through breaking through her suffering and finding compassion for herself and others.
Gratitude and thanks to Carolena Nericcio, Fat Chance Belly Dance, and other teachers like Azar (veil), Colin Peterson (buugeng) and others who have taught us how to handle props well. Also very importantly, we thank Fontain’s MUSE for putting together an original score for our piece. The collaborative process rocked, and we’re honored to have them involved. Buy their music!
This ritual interpretation of the Descent of Inanna was performed at Tribal Fest 2011. Due to the nine-minute limit on stage time we reduced the traditional number of gates from seven to three, and we concluded not quite stripped bare, but wearing simple, unadorned shifts to symbolize the lack of any of the trappings of the ego. The ritual was a profound practice for us; more of an internal exploration than a performance piece.
We received a lot of help with this, for which we are very grateful. Many thanks to Elena Melendez for the beautiful voice-over of Inanna, and to Mixmaster Sean Gugler for mixing our music: A Muey A Muey (Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects); Izgrejala (Vas version); Cantara (Dead Can Dance); Jilala 1 – Nocturnal Ritual (Moroccan Spirit); Shashkin (Rare Elements – O.F. Tekbilek remixed). A huge thank you to everyone who made this possible!