Serpent Sisters are back for fiery Samhain performance 

Serpent Sisters are back for fiery Samhain performance 

Serpent Sisters Photo by David Hegarty

FIRE performance group, the Serpent Sisters, are back for Halloween with a historic all-female, fire fanning, video performance.

With Covid-19 restrictions and the cancellation of the traditional Dragon of Shandon parade on the streets of Cork, the Serpent Sisters have created a video of their fire fanning performance, Samhain, which will be launched today.

“I have been working on this project since October 2019, but due to Covid, we kept having to change our show and the dates,” said Macha Shewolf, who choreographed and directed the performance.

“But we were able to shoot a video as we were in the restrictions of art project outside, so we completed and made history in the weird, strange times. Covid made it harder, emotionally, mentally, and physically but it was worth it.”

Serpent Sisters Photo by David Hegarty
Serpent Sisters Photo by David Hegarty

The video will be part of the Dragon of Shandon, which typically sees parades of púcas and banshees, among other creatures travel through the streets of Cork City on Halloween night.

According to Ms Shewolf, Samhain will mark the first time that nine women have performed in Ireland with fire fans. “It’s a proud historical moment for Irish fire flow scene and even more important for the female-bodied,” she said.

Samhain is “mystic” and “tribal” and deals with the theme of the Shakti Medusa, a dark Greek Goddess and the rise of women and power.

“The energy that is brought through is the pushing and coming together as women because it was a massive challenge to have it happen. The weather and everything is against you as a fire performer so, it depends on what people see in the piece and what they pick up on, but that’s the theme behind it and our personal story, and when people watch it, it’s up to them what they feel and what they see.”

Macha Shewolf Creator of Serpent Sisters Photo by David Hegarty
Macha Shewolf Creator of Serpent Sisters Photo by David Hegarty

The video will be available on the Dragon of Shandon site, corkcommunityartlink.com, which will also feature other performers that take part in the parade.

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