Thursday 3rd August – evening
SACRED DRAMA: Gathering of the Ancient Goddesses – Return of the ‘Top Girls’
Adapted by Jade Kelly. Directed by Alexandra Cichon, with Joan Cichon, in co-creation with the Goddesses, the Priestesses who embody Them, and their Khoros.
We have called ancient Goddesses to us, here to Avalon, to honour Them, Goddesses from around the world, beyond it, and across time. Can we doubt Their arrival? Demonized, denigrated, diminished by millennia of patriarchy, these ancient Goddesses celebrate tales of their triumphant return, achieved not through violence, but by the power of love, by force of wit, wisdom, daring, deep patience, perseverance, and strategic alliances with sometimes strange bedfellows.
Alexandra Cichon Ph.D. Priestess of Avalon
I am seeker, wanderer, writer, and weaver of Goddess spirituality with sacred drama, psychology, and psychodrama. I received my doctorate in the tradition of depth/imaginal psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. Called as Her Melissa to reclaim the Wheel of Ariadne of Bronze Age Crete, my dissertation was a revisioning of the myth of the Goddess Ariadne; some reflections are published in the 2016 anthology “Myths Shattered and Restored”. As actor, I am honoured to be a recipient of the Oxford University Dramatic Society’s Best Actress Award, for a performance piece I conceived/directed on the Sumerian Goddesses Inanna and Ereshkigal, and in the states, recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award (non-Equity) for Performance. I co-directed, with the playwright, the premiere of “Commedia” at the Oxford University Playhouse, (a work in the improvisatorial Commedia dell’ Arte tradition). My reflections on improvisation are published in the 2014-2015 “Double Dealer”, literary journal of New Orleans’ Faulkner Society. As a theatrical collagist, I am a bricoleur-ragwoman, sweeping up bits of reverie, myth, dream, image, sound, literary and esoteric fragments, shaping them into a new vision/context, as our dreaming psyche nightly re-assembles the remnants of the day.