Palabra Flamenco presents Fox Woman, a 45-minute depth-charge of flamenco dance and music combined with oral storytelling. When a mysterious and powerful fox woman appears unexpectedly in his hut, a lonely hunter is forced to choose between the wild and the tamed. Their relationship grows. How to accommodate one another? What do we risk when we accommodate too much? And, as violence emerges, do we recognize it; do we leave? Before the West cultivated hatred of the wild, before today's ecological crisis, there was a love affair. Flamenco dancer and storyteller Denise Yeo retells this Siberian myth accompanied by her husband, accomplished flamenco guitarist Gareth Owen. With an array of evocative, traditional flamenco dances, Yeo embodies Fox Woman and the Hunter through hypnotic and improvised movement and rhythm, drenched with the darkest impulses.
Flamenco has its origins around the hearth fire. Known for its contrast of incendiary emotion and control, percussive rhythms, and expansive representations of womanhood that include strength, resiliency, playfulness, mockery, empowerment, and pride, it is uniquely equipped for this story. This is joy tall as the flame, joy with ash in its teeth: to hold death near and honour what we've lost.
Fox Woman tells a story about our relationship with the wild — in ourselves and others — and our emerging ecological crisis. It's also a story that empowers us, in our human relationships, to leave situations that are not safe.