La Bestia: Sweet Mother (first five minutes of the production)

January 25, 2014

La Bestia: Sweet Mother explores the knife’s edge between creation and destruction.  Basing the multi-media work – a theatrical exploration which includes my visual art, original musical scores by a cellist and an acapella singer and a modern dance element – on the earliest texts of Genesis, in addition to precursor creation myths from the Babylonians, Egyptians, Zoroastrians, Hindus and Greeks, I weave a tale of three mothers who are also, due to their personal circumstances, forced to become destroyers.

For isn’t this what happened when God created the universe?  Through the creation of something, God destroyed the original perfection of “no thing,” “created” death and decay, and obliterated eternity.

These themes – centered on the original desperation and loneliness which must have driven an uncreated creator to abandon “watery quietude” for a universe of strife and opposition – underpin this work.

What you took from us,
You took by giving.

Who can escape the trap
of being
You set in your desperation
To be free.

The developmental production took place at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, in New York's East Village.


The video can be found on YouTube: