ReStory: Celebrating the Feminine in Folklore – Night 2
In celebration of our fifth anniversary, we honour the extraordinary stories of women. Women who are silenced when they choose to honour their roots. Women who use their wits against those who feel entitled to their beauty. Women who uplift their sisters. Women who give men strength. Women who betray their own. Women who are painted as villains, even as their aggressors leave with sympathy.
While we have come a long way, these narratives remain all too familiar today. Through these stories, revisit female archetypes from mythology who revelled in their own skins and manifested power, even when the odds were stacked against them.
Experience the different forms each story can take with not one, but two collections. Each collection features 6 unique stories of betrayal, strength and more performed by oral storytellers, spoken word artists, dancers, writers and poets. Delve into the stories below. Featuring a different set of storytellers and host on each night.
Night 2 is hosted by Artur Akhmetzyanov.
Puteri Gunung Ledang (Malay Peninsula)
There was once a celestial princess (puteri) who lived on Gunung Ledang (Mount Ophir) in Malaya. Having learned of her beauty, the Sultan was determined to marry her. In response, the princess made several demands before she would consent – including a bowl of blood from the Sultan’s son. Will the princess’ requests be enough to keep her suitor at bay?
The Princess and the Fool (Korea)
Princess Pyeonggang of Goguryeo cried all through her growing years, which infuriated her father, the king. To get her to stop, he did the unthinkable! He threatened to marry her off to Pabo Ondal, the beggar and the fool. Will the strong willed Princess actually succumb to her father’s threat? Find out what happens next.
The Wife Who Didn’t Eat (Japan)
Female ghosts have a significant place in Japanese folklore, predominantly condemned to an afterlife as villainous ‘yokai’. But what often goes unheard are their tragic origins. In this folktale, an unmarried man’s wish for a spouse who does not eat is granted. Yet, the food supplies in his house start to disappear, leading him to uncover a monstrous secret.
The Dragon Tamer (Japan)
Facing the small island of Enoshima in Japan sits the Dragon’s Mouth Hill. Legend has it that the hill was once a five-headed dragon called Gyozuru that plagued the villagers by destroying homes and eating their children. Accompanied by the plucked strings of the koto, learn how the goddess Benzaiten, guided the fiery dragon to transform and atone for his sins.
The Toilet Goddess (China)
When women gather in toilets, to cry and befriend each other, they invoke the spirit of Zigu, the toilet goddess who makes them feel safe. But before she found her squad, she haunted unsuspecting toilet visitors out of anger for her unjust death. In this adaptation of the Chinese legend, celebrate sisterhood and empathy through toilet confessions.
Surpanakha and a Mutilation of Our Understanding (India)
Surpanakha's failed seduction of Rama and Lakshmana resulted in her brother Ravana igniting a war. As characters recount that moment in The Ramayana, explore the ethics of alleged seduction, the gaslighting of Surpanakha and her subsequent mutilation. Bear witness to the dynamics of two men waging war over a “wronged” woman.
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