Early on I employed physical theatre director Anna Yen to help me to devise the show. She worked with me to seek out some of the deeply personal stories I wanted to tell in ‘She Melts’. While most of the story and character have changed since then, the personal tales were a strong foundation upon which the ‘She Melts’ story was built.
I have always been interested in the deeper meaning and symbol inherent in folk and fairy tales. I also love how it’s origins can be born from either dreams or real life stories. Women Who Run with The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, is one of my favourite books about the wisdom of fairy and folk tales as empowerment stories for women.
The pre-exisiting fairy tale stories that are interwoven into my show are: The Red Shoes and Vasilisa the Brave (Russia), also a lesser know version of The Snow Queen (Eastern Europe). There are fairy tale devices and elements woven into the story (such as the path, a quest, diversions, three tasks), as well as my own fairy tales and dreams The Ice Maiden, Bluebird, The Ice People. All of these come together to make what I believe is an empowerment story for women.
Sue Moxon (musician) shares my love of fairy and folk tales which is why we work so well together.
The pictured image by Ivan Bilibin is of Vasilisa The Brave. I love this story because it is gutsy! It’s sometimes called Vasilisa the Beautiful but I prefer the other title.