… “something blessed with unusual happiness, as in fairy tale ending.”
Before you meet your prince, before you are ‘rescued’, before you think you need something or someone else to make you happy; to live or not to live happily ever before…
I am a choreographer, not a writer, but want to redefine these written stories that we as women grow-up with which basically tell us that something will happen to make everything okay that is above and beyond our present reach.
I’m working on a dance/theatre installation called Fairy Tale Project. I want to redefine the Fairy Tale through performance and eventually through a children’s book which empowers a new notion of happily-ever-after; happily ever before and after.
I have started this exploration from my deeply personal experience of being single and 34 in search of true love. It seems that there is an added pressure for women in our 30’s to couple up quickly, get married and….live happily ever after! I’ve been re-routing the tracks which have caused some heartache, some patterns of attracting unavailable men, and some thoughts around someone else holding the key to my joy. I’m in awe at this process where I am reflecting on my own fairy tale fantasies while in conversation with women in my community. Being in the midst of the process currently, I would report back to you that there is a strong desire to be in a new paradigm of relationship. As women we will find our truth, strength and happiness before thus the unavoidable happens, the prince who comes along wants some of that, and we get to decide if we want to share our Queendom.
I decided to interview twelve women, each from a different zodiac animal year, thus have a range of perspectives of women in their 20’2, 30’s and 40’s. I ask them about how Fairy Tales have shaped their sense of love. I ask them about what their parents relationship is like. I ask them how they feel about marriage and what their ultimate dream in love is. I ask them if their is some part of them which would like to be rescued. I ask what they would tell a little girl if they were creating their own fairy tale with a new moral. Part dating game and part Wonderland, the performance will have a soundtrack of these recorded interviews. I will recruit a participatory audience of men. The performers will be costumed in white Zodiac animal heads. The woman will have six rounds of choosing a man with the senses, first hearing, then touch, smell, taste, vision and a slow dance. Looking at how we reply so much on our sight to believe who is the best match for us, thus moving back into our animal instinct.
Fairy Tale Project will take place on June 9th at Governors Island. I hope you can come and witness it. I would also like to interview more women for the future rendition of this work, so please get in touch if you feel called to have your voice heard.
About Shandoah Goldman:
Shandoah Goldman is a Brooklyn based Ohashiatsu trained Shiatsu practioner, specializing in teaching her clients about their bodies intrinsic movement. Coming to the practice at age 17, she has developed her own unique style where her experience as a dancer (M.A.), macrobiotic chef, and the daughter of an acupuncturist contributes to a thorough knowledge of the body. Macrobiotic principles and Five Element theory influence Shandoah greatly in her approach to facilitating the balanced body; regarding the environment as a macrocosm of ourselves.
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