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Photo by Megan Keogh
About: Created by flamenco dancer Lindsey Bourassa, El Lobo y La Paloma is a multimedia, contemporary flamenco performance that explores the theme of loss and connection. Through all original flamenco dance, Arabic music and song, poetry, and projected imagery, El Lobo y La Paloma tells a story about the loss of a loved one and the mystical connections between physical and spiritual worlds. This work is inspired by the loss of Bourassa's own father in 2015 and extends its intention to include the universal experience of loss - that of losing a loved one, a homeland, a freedom, a right, an identity, an ability - and the reconstruction of our relationship with our lost being or object through the process of grief and healing. El Lobo y La Paloma is supported in part through a Project Grant from the Maine Arts Commission.
Artists: This project is in artistic collaboration with Canadian-Iranian painter Khosro Berahmandi, Arabic singer Talal Alzefiri, oud player Thomas Kovacevic, and flamenco dancer Megan Keogh, and with the participation of videographer Ali Mann, designer Molly Angie, and poet Kifah Abdulla who translated original poetry by Lindsey and David Bourassa into Arabic verse.
The Symbolism of the Wolf and the Dove: Wolves are regarded as spirit teachers and pathfinders. Wolf symbolism includes death and rebirth, facing death with dignity and courage, and guidance in dreams. As pathfinders, they symbolize going into the unknown as independent explorers who then communicate back to the pack to teach what they have discovered. The dove is the spirit messenger, symbolizing communication between the physical and spiritual worlds. The dove is equally a symbol of the embodiment of the maternal instinct, a spirit messenger who comes to lead us safely out of struggle and to guide the spirit onward.
Intention: In El Lobo y La Paloma, the wolf embodies any departed, displaced being; the dove represents reunited ancestry and she who guides the sufferer out of suffering; the griever grieves in order to heal, the music guides our healing. El Lobo y La Paloma strives to honor all loved ones who have passed, who have been taken, who have been displaced. It acknowledges all losses endured, grief as vital to the process of healing, and the eternal interconnectedness between this physical world and where spirits reside.
Video by Ali Mann