C4 Walker A: Macha’s Body in Pain (1/3)

Macha’s Body in Pain

Anna Walker, Fin Walker and Iris Garrelfs are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Trace Sessions 1: Macha, 2: Macbeth, 3: Panel Discussion

Time: Jul 28, 2020 11:30 – 13.00 London

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Meeting ID: 885 6969 2857 Password: TRACE

A trace in 3 parts:

  1. Telling ‘The Legend of Macha,’ on Zoom.
  2. Followed by a brief discussion of the myth and its relevance today, which will be later developed into a paper.
  3. A panel discussion with artist, composer and musician Dr Iris Garrelfs (http://irisgarrelfs.com) and choreographer and director Fin Walker (http://finwalker.co.uk/) about the crossover of trauma and the body in our research.

 The myth I’m going to tell is a version of the Celtic Myth of Macha, one of the Faerie Death Goddesses. Macha is the goddess of battle and fertility, so linked for without death there can be no rebirth. Thereafter, I will briefly unravel the myth using Elaine Scarry’s seminal book, The Body in Pain, The Making and Unmaking of the World (1985), as a means to discuss: “storying violence on bodies and attending to the wounds of the world”.

Scarry ’s book, is an invaluable ontological and phenomenological resource to revisit and reframe the relationship between the body, trauma and violence. In it she navigates the difficulty of expressing physical pain, the political issues that arise from that difficulty, and the verbal and material expressions of pain, or as she writes, “more simply, the nature of human creation” (1985: 3).