“A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” – William Woodsworth
Water has played an important part in every version of the TITANIA script and story over the last several years. The image above shows Titania as she is about to slip into the water. She seeks it out at times of overwhelming grief, and moments of healing solace. It’s a force greater than her pain and her desires – it washes away everything within her and allows her to let go. Sometimes that means an end to life and at others a revitalization.
My story is about healing, which is a kind of rebirth. And water, being the source of life, is the vessel that holds the power to cure. At the end of the tale of the “Armless Maiden” (one of a few inspirations for my story) the woman wades into a lake to get a drink of water. As she bows toward the surface a bird lands on the water and begins to splash her with its wings. The more it pushes water toward her, the more she heals, and her arms are restored to her.
In my film, there is no bird, nor miraculous restoration of limbs, but the sentiment is just the same. After a long journey of perseverance comes a time of wholeness.
There are scenes where the water is metaphorically more menacing – the salt water stings her wounds, across to the other shore lies a prison, and she was carried across water to her exile. These too, are trials she must work through to heal. And though she may dream of the sunlight and trees of home, the water is truly her guide – emotionally and physically, along the way.
(photos above by Keith Chandler, Victoria Hay as Titania, photoshop by Lisa Stock)