Before Broadway went Kinky, this lady took over the boards. Now she's back.
By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger)
Hedwig's coming back to Broadway - the news of which sent many a cult-musical-theatre-fan into a headlong spin back toward the album, movie, and whatever other bootlegs they could find. I, personally, definitely didn't spend the spare moments of my week devouring lesser-known John Cameron Mitchell clips.
While the whole show's a standout for a number of reasons, Mitchell's Origin of Love never fails to disappoint. Hedwig’s story on the birth of love takes its cue from Plato’s Symposium (385 B.C.), a piece which remarks upon the absurdity of our romantic endeavors. The piece explains why people in love say they feel “whole” when they have found their love partner. It asserts that it is because:
“in primal times, people had doubled bodies, with faces and limbs turned away from one another. There were three sexes: the all male, the all female, and the “androgynous,” who was half male, half female. The creatures tried to scale the heights of heaven. Zeus thought about blasting them to death with thunderbolts, but did not want to deprive himself of their devotions and offerings, so he decided to cripple them by chopping them in half, in effect separating the two bodies.”
This clip’s deceptively simple illustrations speak to the idea of the human desire to find it’s match, no matter what the other half might be. And while you don’t have to buy into the idea that we were all once attached back to back to our ideal partner, I think the visual one is helpful when trying to explain to those who may be against letting certain individuals marry. Love is love. Why keep anyone from the chance of finding and committing themselves to their twin soul.
Spanish subtitles! Olé! (Also: his eyes! His control!)
JOANNA SYIEK is a Los Angeles-based music junkie with a penchant for long road trips, original theatre work, clean graphic design, and really good Indian food. She directs around the City of Angels and writes about nourishing creativity, Broadway favorites, and talent obsessions over on her blogging home. www.thoughtsontheatre.wordpress.com
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