Ruth Barker

Odysseus and the Sirens

2010
Glasgow Project Room / The Agent Ria
Agent Ria

 Performance: Running Time 5 minutes approx.

The text was memorised, and recited as a spoken word performance by the artist.

 

Odysseus and the Sirens was performed at the Glasgow Project Room on 23rd January 2010. The performance is a reworking of a script originally developed for Rough Mix 2010 - a Magnetic North project, directed by Nicolas Bone. See details here.

An audio recording of the live performance is featured on The Agent Ria, a 'registeredinart' YouTube channel hosting current digital media work by artists from the UK & Ireland, showcasing film, video, documented performance, audio and recital works. The Agent Ria provides a platform for invited and selected works, as a viewing station and database.

 

 

SCRIPT

Now we sail, I sail, I see the sea before me

We sail, I sail, I see the sea before me

We sail, I sail, I see the sea before me

We sail, I sail, I see the sea before me

We sail, I sail, I see the sea before me

 

And I can hear the sirens

Sirens

Sirens

Sirens

Calling O O O

Calling O O O

They call me O O O

They call me O O O 

They call me O O O Odysseus:

 

I am the greatest hero, husband, king

I am the only hero, husband, king

I am the only father, husband, son

I am the only father, husband, son

I am the one who is wrathful and hated

I am everyone who has ever deceived

I am every song about me

I am every song about me

I am every song

I am every fraud

I am every lie

I am every intuition

I am every trick

I am every gift

I am every inspiration in the moment of need

I am every need in the moment of inspiration:

 

I am the failure to die in battle

I am the failure to keep others safe

I am the failure not to want my fame

I am the failure not to tell my own tale well

I am the failure not to need to be everything, everyone, brilliant and glittering and bold. I am you.

I am always you.

I am everyman

I am everyman

You can be me. Please. Be. Me.

Please.

 

My ears are open...

 

And I can hear the sirens

I can hear you, sirens

I can hear the sirens

I can hear you, sirens

I can hear the sirens

I can hear you, sirens

I can hear the sirens

I can hear you, sirens

I can hear the sirens

I can hear you, sirens,

You call me

You call me

You call me

You call me, and I am tied.

 

You call me O O O O O

You call me O O O O O

You call me O O O O O

You call me O O O O O

You call me O O O O O

You call me O O O O O

You call me O O O O O

You call me O O O Odysseus:

O O O Odysseus