Rahu's Head: Oregon Eclipse Festival 2017
In Hindu mythology, Rahu is the severed head of the mythological demon that swallows the sun during eclipses. Drawing from this, using masks to melt the armor of identity, five dancers will roam about in dark primal adornment symbolic of Rahu’s Head during the moment of consuming the sun. Eclipses are moments for ritual and of the cycle of death and rebirth. The dancers butoh-like movements will be reminiscent of shedding skins, channeled body memories, and shadow aspects of self. Using the whole body as antenna, dancers work with raw impulse and instinct; being vessels of inner and outer forces with sensitivity to vibration, resonance and energetic echoes. In honor of the process of ritualized dance as prayer, we coax all beings to embrace death and the spirit of metamorphosis.