Étaín

The last Celtic goddess of the river Boyne and a druid

Most minimal multimedial puppet performance inspired by a Celtic myth


You will meet up wooden puppets. Boyand – Étaín's mother, King Elcmar – cunning vicious landlord, Étaín – the last goddess of the river Boyne, Druid Midir – master of the Land of the Immortals, Oengeus – god of love, Fuamnach – old vicious witch and Eochaid – a mythic king of Tara.
Figurative, modern performance with projection and live music - violin, harp, drums and pipes.

 

Authors:

Theme, design, realization: Michaela Bartoňová
Puppets - carving: Antonín Müller
Music - arrangement, texts: Jana Lewitová
Stage realization: Jan Hartman
Choreography: Ralf Lücke and Michaela Bartoňová
Animation of projection: Martin Procházka
Light: Ralf Lücke
Performed by: Michaela Bartoňová/ralf Lücke, Jana Lewitová
and Beata Altior/Agnes Kutas
Production: Radka Hájková


Celtic peoples lived in Europe since the 10th century BC and their myths are some of our common European cultural heritage. The Celts moulded the elemental features of the European culture and lived in harmony with their environment..
Relics of Celtic cultures can be found in numerous places all around Central and Western Europe and are the point of interest in many professions.
Within the Bohemian territory, great variety of Celtic archaeological relics is to found from the Haltstat era, i.e. approx. 600 BC. Later on, Celts migrated from the Central Europe westwards to the territories of today France, Spain and to the British Isles.
The ancient Celtic ties may be our expression of the Czech search for appurtenance to the European complex.

Interest in recovering this remarkable culture has induced us to bring back to life one of the many Celtic myths and to endow it with present-day qualities, to make it accessible to children, young people and adults alike. The legend of Étaín is very complicated and we would, therefore, like to present in our performance only the essence of the story about the last exponent of matriarchal order and to point out, in a the fairytale like way, to the belief in reincarnation the Celts had believed in for centuries.


Photos:

Étaín and Midir

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Étaín

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Midir - Eagle

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Étaín - postcard

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