Kali van der Merwe in collaboration with Valentina Leo
Women and snakes have been associated for a long time. Their intimacy is well documented in ancient cultures but became demonised by Christian myths. The snake, because of its form and the fact that it sheds its skin, is a primordial and powerful symbol for life, renewal and sexual energy, which women were worshipped for possessing. All of life comes through the female body. Here a woman learns to dance with a snake again. She struggles at first, fighting to control and pacify the writhing power of this primeval reptile. Later, she manages to find the synergy between her movements of her body and that of the snake. She unites male and female energies within and without into oneness of being. Her dance with the snake echoes the cycle of endless becoming of cosmic creation.
camera, editing, soundscapes
Kali van der Merwe
snake wrangler, dance
special thanks to DAKARA the Burmese python