C G Jung Program Guide : C G Jung Program Guide - Mar-Jun 2017
PAGE 9 PAGE 6 Venue: Mary Lockett Lecture Theatre In the F.J. Clarke Lecture Hall QEII Medical Centre, Caladenia Loop, Nedlands Cost: $15 (members), $20 (concession), $25 (general) Program Guide March—June 2017 Lecture: Friday, May 19 at 7:30 pm PAGE 9 An Invitation to the Wedding of Inanna and Dumuzi Raelene Bruinsma You are invited to a joyful celebration of the wedding of the goddess Inanna to her beloved con- sort Dumuzi (and his earthly stand-ins). Your attendance at the re-enactment of this auspicious event will help ensure that the proper forms have been observed; the rains will come to enliven the parched earth of Ancient Sumer; and the land will burst into ecstatic bloom. Inanna’s love story, as described in five thousand year old poetry, is sometimes considered to offer a model of empowered female sexual agency as an antidote to contemporary patterns of commodification/repression, and even as a tool of healing from abuse. However, embedded within this tender story of love marriage and joyful sexual blossoming, are other, often darker stories. Presented in story, poetry, and original song, this performance was created as a part of a practice-led PhD research project into the contemporary resonances of Inanna’s stories and poems - especially for women. It weaves ancient love poetry, contextualising stories, observations, and personal anecdotes to examine some of the implications of this ancient mythological literature for contemporary relationships and personal pro- cess. Raelene Bruinsma (Perth, nee Melbourne) was awarded her PhD in performance from the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University in Perth in 2015, having produced a three-act one-woman show which wove together almost twenty different mythological stories about the goddess Inanna and her various quests and experiences, and writing an accompanying exegesis. Both these products together addressed the question of how the stories speak to contemporary women. Using autoethnographic practice-led research as methodology allowed her to engage in her personal creative journey with the stories as an important source of knowledge creation, alongside interviews, post-performance discussion groups and book-based learning in a wide range of disciplines. Jungian interpretations of stories often guided her explorations. Raelene also cre- ated a number of shorter performances during the course of the PhD of which An Invitation to the Wedding of Inanna and Dumuzi is her favourite. She was lucky enough as part of her research to meet with experts in the field (such as archaeologists) in America, and held a clay tablet with the story of Inanna’s Descent in her hands. Raelene is also a Registered Music Therapist, having graduated from Melbourne University with first class honours in 1994, a singer songwriter and storyteller who has performed at festivals, folk clubs and house concerts around Australia, a community choir conductor (Working Voices), and a singing and song- writing teacher. She is currently recording a triple album of: songs about Inanna; stories and story-songs about Inanna; and other songs she has written.
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