IMPRESSIONS: Pontus Lidberg Dance’s “Siren”
Pontus Lidberg Dance's Siren at The Joyce Theater. Photo by Daniel Robinson.
She sings to you sweetly, promising to satisfy your greatest desire. At first, this desire flickers faintly, a lone flame in your abdomen. Later, it ignites into a full-body fire that scorches rational thought into ash. No matter how strong your will is, how clever your wit, you can't resist her bewitchment.
Part of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, the story of Ulysses and the sirens still rings true. A fixation, particularly one of a carnal nature, can lead to downfall, even death. Wisely, Ulysses binds himself to his ship’s mast and orders his men to seal their ears with wax. Only then do he and his men escape the sirens’ song.
This myth is the . . .
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