Movement of the Moon: Reflections of the Feminine

Fisher King Press
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This exploration of the feminine begins with a play, the story of Camille Claudel: the Maiden, the Woman, the Crone. Best known to the world as the muse and lover of Auguste Rodin, she was a gifted artist in her own right who created sculptures of deep, sensual spirituality. The relationships in her family proved crucial to Camille’s psychological development as she moved between the opposing forces of love and betrayal. Even as she struggled with madness, she found a home for her soul in her beloved creations. From here, we move to prose and poetic evocations of many essential themes of the feminine: motherhood, daughterhood, love, loss, experiences unique to the feminine body, experiences that transcend ordinary consciousness into the world of symbols and dreams.
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Elizabeth Clark-Stern is a psychotherapist, screenwriter, actor, and playwright. Her produced teleplays include All I Could See From Where I Stood, Help Wanted, and the documentary Home From the Eastern Sea. In 2007 her play, Out of the Shadows: A Story of Toni Wolff and Emma Jung, was performed at the International Jungian Congress in Cape Town. In 2013, On the Doorstep of the Castle: The Story of Teresa of Avila and Alma de Leon was performed at the Copenhagen Jungian Congress. Her play Timeless Night: Viktor Frankl Meets Edith Stein premiered in Seattle in 2014. Elizabeth has also revived her first career in the arts, acting in the roles of Toni Wolff, Teresa of Avila, Edith Stein, and the Crone Camille Claudel.

Lindsey Rosen is a psychotherapist, dance/movement therapist, performance artist, yoga teacher, writer and mother. She acted, danced and choreographed the role of Alma in Elizabeth Clark-Stern’s play On the Doorstep of the Castle, presented at the International Association of Analytical Psychology Congress in Copenhagen in 2013. She has co-written/directed and choreographed The Movement of the Moon- Camille Claudel: Life Phases of the Feminine in Art, Madness, and Love, acting and dancing the role of adult Camille Claudel alongside her daughter in the role of Maiden Camille. She has a private practice in Seattle, pursues training in sandplay therapy and leads workshops for Mothers and Adolescent Daughters integrating the body, myth and feminine psychology.

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Apr 10, 2016
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Our setting is 16th century Spain. The Inquisition has expelled the Jews or forced them to convert. Teresa of Avila is igniting the imagination of the country as the nun who receives messages directly from God. Alma de Leon, a young Jewish converso, appears on Teresa’s doorstep, petitioning to become a novice in her care. Their complex relationship explores the feminine archetypes of the Amazon, and the Medial Woman, in a story that unveils the foundations of psyche’s movement toward wholeness: Kabbalah, and Christian rapture, in an oppressive yet luminous time.

This play is a work of creative imagination based on the interaction of a true historical character and a fictional one. Teresa of Avila is admired to this day not only by Catholics and Christians, but by Taoists and Buddhists, psychologists and poets. Carl Jung was fascinated by her master work, The Interior Castle, for its description of the journey of the soul toward intimacy with God. The fictional character, Alma de Leon, is inspired by twentieth century Jewish philosopher, Edith Stein, who chanced to read Teresa’s autobiography, and experienced a profound spiritual awakening that led her to become a Carmelite nun. “What if these two were to meet?” the playwright asked herself, crafting the character of Alma as a Jewish woman true to her time and place in history. The teaching of the ancient Jewish mystical tradition, the Kabbalah, was strictly forbidden by the Inquisition, and yet Alma is haunted by it, even as she dons the habit of a nun and struggles to find her identity in the presence of her passionate, spiritually adventurous mentor.
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