Per­for­mance on fe­male strength

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jack Lawrie

AT THE base of the Yg­gdrasil (the World Tree of Norse mythol­ogy), the Weavers of Destiny the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone have lost their way.

So be­gins I Am the Cir­cle, in which a woman must heal her wounds, reawaken her ma­tri­ar­chal lin­eage and re­store di­vine fem­i­nine en­ergy.

A show fo­cused on what it means to be a woman, this per­for­mance by BJ Long will be com­ing to Monto next week­end.

It will fo­cus on the mythol­ogy of fe­male awak­en­ing and is aimed at women over the age of 12.

Monto res­i­dent Melissa Dowl­ing met BJ Long through an on­line chat group and pushed to have her come to town.

“I met Bar­bara (BJ) via an on­line art course sev­eral years ago and just found a friend­ship with her,” Mrs Dowl­ing said.

“It started out vir­tu­ally then we had a few phone calls be­cause we had a lot in com­mon; I still haven’t met her in the flesh yet.”

The per­for­mance came to­gether late last year, so Mrs Dowl­ing got in touch to see if BJ could bring the show to Monto.

The show it­self as well as a din­ner will be held at 6pm Au­gust 5, while the next day will be a fe­male-only group work­shop run­ning from 9am-2pm.

Mrs Dowl­ing said any­thing that helps em­power ru­ral women is a great idea.

“I think any­thing that helps women tap back into the power that comes along with fem­i­nin­ity and em­pow­ers them to cope with things that are go­ing on in ru­ral sit­u­a­tions is a pos­i­tive,” she said.

“BJ’s work­shop is all about help­ing you be­come con­fi­dent to share your story, be­cause that’s what can help other women get through tough times.”

Shar­ing ideas of fem­i­nin­ity across gen­er­a­tional gaps is a ma­jor part- all girls from teenage to el­derly are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial by July 31.

To book, email

EX­PLO­RATION: BJ Long’s work­shop/per­for­mance will fo­cus on fem­i­nin­ity through mu­sic, mythol­ogy and move­ment.

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