(Persephone picking wild flowers)
Over the weekend we reshot the first episode to my new series PERSEPHONE which will be debuting online in a couple of weeks. The story is inspired by the myth of Persephone and her Springtime ascent from the Underworld. Her path is a cycle and we will see her other self descend into the Underworld at the same time. When my story begins Persephone has flashes of her other self during the abduction of Hades, and she escapes the Underworld to try and stop herself from being trapped again. But as she ascends she begins to forget who she is and what has happened.
(Persephone, Carrie Anne Hunt, escaping the tower)
The cycle of the Underworld is a myth that has resonated with me for sometime, and will also show up quite literally in TITANIA. Our descent into darkness and our rise back up is something in which I think we can all relate. And it’s a story I’ve interpretted and looked at from many angles. In TITANIA what takes her to the Underworld are circumstances beyond her control, she has a task to fulfull down there and get out. But in PERSEPHONE the Underworld is her fate and her home. Does she accept that or will she try to change it and if she tries to change it does she succeed? How much in control of “our stars” are we? How much do we really want to face? All of these are questions I’m asking myself as I write the series, and questions I get from fairy tales.
(Persephone crosses the river)
In this series I’m making conscious decisions to use fairy tale archetypes, visually. I was once at a Red Riding Hood symposium in NYC where Clarissa Pinkola Estes traced Red back to the myth of Persephone – which quite fascinated me. And so there I have my Persephone dressed in red at the edge of the forest, at the moment of her abduction, when fate takes hold and forces her into darkness. Isn’t that how life usually deals it out though – on the turn of a dime your life changes and you’re abducted into darkness. And working one’s way back out into the light is a journey this mythic character makes yearly. And she inspires me. Carrie Anne and I have talked at length about her. It’s not another person or an extraneous event that leads her out in our version, but her own self, wanting to protect herself. So we’re taking a more internal approach to her motives. There’s a Rapunzel like tower and a snake infested river (literally, there were snakes in that water!) for her to cross. You’ll see more characters from fairytales that share similar fates with Persephone – and Carrie Anne will be playing all the roles too!
Hope you’ll join us when the series launches. Our aim is to post an episode once a month over the summer. You can check my website for updates or the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/InByTheEye
p.s. – if you see a link below to a YouTube video, it is not mine, but a commercial that WordPress has slapped on here without my knowledge…