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MAY 3 & 4
In increasing numbers, women artists have set out to subvert the canon, revising history to include feminist, multiracial, and politically charged ideals. Rather than rail against the dominance of Greek literature and philosophy and the province of dead white men, women realized that they could rework the canon into something they could aim. Adding to the growing collection of reconfigured classics, Crack Between the Worlds: Ancient Myth Revisited, combines music, dance, theater, and myth to tell a story of powerful shamanic women and the way their strength was hidden, demonized, and denied for the sake of industry and societal order. Choreographed and conceived by Sandra Kammann, this evening-length piece features the 30-member Sisters of One Eye, with performers ranging in age from 9 to 70. The production draws on the writings of Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sappho as well as on contemporary texts. An original score by Matt Jones alternates with chanting of the Hymns of Orpheus and movements intended to recreate ancient ritual. As a part of research for her master’s thesis in cultural anthropology, Kammann travelled to Greece to explore pre-Hellenic and Minoan sacred places and history firsthand. Post-performance discussions should provide the audience with a chance to contribute to this newest revision of Western civilization. At 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at George Washington University’s Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. $12. (301) 203-1905. (Holly Bass)