CIRPA reviews the ‘masks’ of women in theatre by researching the interaction between the ethics and values in  societies and the parameters of its art;

Writers of the past based their stories on myths that were orally passed on over a long period of time. The first historical accounts come from the Greek, but their view on reality was different from ours: they did not distinguish between the remote and recent past and the author was free to remove or add details to render his story more probable or colourful. In the city-state of Athens the political climate was explicitly hostile regarding women. Great writers in the centuries that followed were influenced by these old visions…..

Myths are narratives that describe the journey of the soul (psyche). They all come from one fund of mythological motifs -selected, organized, interpreted and ritualized according to local need-. They are metaphors that are given in by the dominant ethics and values and the environment of a society.

The spirits in myths were the capricious, eccentric and perverse messengers that envisaged the archetypal masks of the gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, creatures, dragons, serpents and slayers: they loved to watch the conflicts they created on earth, gathered the news of the world and brought it back to their home in Hades.

to-day, in our expanding societies, we witness all events happening everywhere: spirits are morphic units that vibrate, wiggle, wobble and undulate in rhythmic patterns through and across time and space, that can appear again physically in other times and places, containing a memory of their previous physical existences: their traces can still be found in our collective unconscious. 

  ‘There is no present, or future, only the past, happening over and over again”
Eugene O’Neill – A Moon for the Misbegotten
 Sources: Anne Bogart, Charles L. Mee, Marilyn French, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Rupert Sheldrake

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