Alice in Wonderland

by sarahartonsherkin





A group performance at Uileann last Thursday with Amanda Coogan and others from the BAVA on Sherkin Island. Walking backwards in the space around the art centre, outside and in; with the view behind me reflected in the mirrors, I moved slowly and attentively, looking and noticing more, discovering new ways of seeing, and being.




Photography by Ann Davoren and Cara Uibhroithe.

In ancient folklore mirrors were often used in magical and psychic rituals for scrying – remotely viewing another person or place – and communicating. They could also be used in magical rituals of divination – fortune telling and reading of the future. Described in an ancient Greek text as being performed by lowering a mirror on a thread until its lower edge touched the surface of a basin of water, the person performing the ritual would pray to the appropriate god or goddess before gazing into the reflections created by the combination of water and mirror.

Some ancient cultures believe that mirrors reflected the ‘shadow soul,’ and could show the true nature of the person being reflected.

Mirrors seemed to be portals to another world at times, as one proved to be precisely in Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass.”







Cork-based contemporary dancer and choreographer, Inma Pavon, performing one of Amanda’s manifested works. I see her here as if in a ‘shell-like home’ in her coats, and the coats are like ‘layers’ that she carries and sometimes sheds.




One of Amanda’s many intriguing costumes