Ruth Barker

Odysseus and the Sirens

2010
Newcastle University
i am odysseus

Performance: Running Time 5 minutes approx.

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

Photograph by Glyn Goodrick, with many thanks.

Odysseus and the Sirens was performed at the Shefton Room in the Anderson Building, University of Newcastle, on 6th May 2010. The performance is a reworking of a script originally developed for Rough Mix 2010 - a Magnetic North project, directed by Nicolas Bone, details here

 

See also Low Metamorphosis blog.

 

 

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