Performance by Rita di Ghent: 'Wolf Woman'
Mar 25, 2014, 8pm-10pm
Rita di Ghent is jazz vocal faculty at York University (2002 to present). She is active as a recording artist, performer, songwriter and educator.
Storytelling is powerful medicine. Stories excavate our personal psyches and the psyches of the collective unconscious. Long before there were medical doctors and pharmaceuticals, there were storytellers: the griots of West Africa, the bards of Avalon, the curanderas and cantadoras of Latin America, the mesmemondoks of Hungary.
In 1992, storyteller and Jungian psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes published her groundbreaking book Women Who Run With the Wolves. Within its pages, Estes argues that the true nature of healthy women (symbolized by the "wild woman" archetype) and that of wolves are the same: “robust, chock-full, strong life force, life-giving, territorially aware, inventive, loyal, roving”. However, over time, both wildlife and wild woman have become endangered. Women who have lost touch with their instinctual ways of being, who are choked off from their wildish nature, succumb to lives that are drained of energy and passion. Estes believes that the medicine needed to repair women’s souls is contained within stories, folk tales, myths and legends – that these contain powerful instructions for reclaiming “lost psychic drive”.
“Wolf Woman Songs” (music and lyrics by Rita di Ghent) is the next-generation synthesis of stories and feminine psyche. di Ghent’s personal history and creativity merge with Estes’ wisdom and story interpretations to produce “song medicine” that aims to embolden and inspire a return to the wild woman nature.
|Location:||Senior Common Room, 021 Winters College|
|Sponsor:||Office of the Master, Winters College|