|Crescent Moon Bear image from google|
We used this old tale as a stimulus for looking at the idea of transformation and how it's possible that when we think something is unreachable or unfeasible, we already have the very skill/emotion/ideas within us to make things happen. In our story the bear represents the power of anger and rage and how this strong and forceful emotion manifests itself.
During our first R&D phrase we looked at different images of bears and tried to understand the many myths that have surrounded bears for hundreds of years.
We worked with designer Rae Smith who sketched some bears -
|Copyright: Rae Smith 2012|
City of Shadows - Sydney Police photographs 1912 -1948
These photographs were taken of both male and female prisoners, they were allowed to decide for themselves what to wear in the photos. We quite liked that the women decided to wear fur.
Pomo Bear Doctors:
The Pomo people, are an indigenous people of California, they had very strong ideas and believes centred around the mythology of creation and world order. They believed that certain people who held magical powers could transform themselves into Grizzly bears. Such Shamans were known as 'Bear Doctors'.