DANCE OF QUEEN MAB: PART I
This dance embodiment is the first in a series of classes that is dedicated to Queen Mab.
Music Track: Yoko & Ano by Klasey Jones (available on all platforms)
The dance I have written is an airy, light footed and elegant portrayal of the illustrious Queen of Fairies, basking in the magic of her moon kissed court of the fey.
She is known by many names, though most famously ~ Titania or Mab (Mebd).
FAERIE LORE & THE REALM OF THE FEY
Without a doubt, when one thinks of Fairies and the cultures as well as countries which have historically been associated with them, no place can hold a candle to that of Ireland. The Aos Sí, or people of the mounds have been a part of life in Ireland for thousands of years. Ireland’s landscape is absolutely packed with the remains of stone circles, hillforts, ringforts and other such monuments which are known as Fairy Forts. But what sort of relationship have the people of Ireland had with Fairies?
As recently as 2011, the downfall of Irish businessman Sean Quinn – who went from being the richest man in Ireland in 2008 to declaring bankruptcy in 2011 – was the result, according to at least one of his neighbors, of his moving a fairy fort.
Fairy forts – also called fairy mounds and fairy raths – can be found scattered across Ireland and Scotland, and in the folklore of the British Isles, they’re the home of the sidhe – the ancient gods of those nations, who diminished and became the Good Folk or Fair Folk, the Celtic equivalent of the French fae (which is the root of the English “faerie” or “fairy”).
In Irish and Scottish mythology, these folk variously were said to live underground in fairy mounds (or forts), across the western sea, or in an invisible world that coexists with the world of humans.
The Irish/Scottish concept is that the fae are native to a realm separate from our own. In the Portals mythos, this land is the Realms of Magic, a parallel world that contains all of the creatures of our human mythologies and folklore – elves, wizards, pixies, dragons, ogres, trolls and so on…
The fairy mounds are well known, ancient gateways between the Realms of Magic and our human world.
Tradition holds that the mounds in particular are imbued with the powerful magic of the druids, and that to disturb them is to invite disaster. Folklore offers many tales of people who suffered bad luck, illness, injury or even death because they disturbed a fairy mound.
That, says a one-time neighbor of Quinn’s in the town of Ballyconnell, is what happened to Quinn.
In 1992, Quinn Concrete, one of Quinn’s business ventures, moved the Wedge Tomb, a megalithic burial tomb that had stood for 4,000 years in Ireland’s Aughrim townland, two miles from Ballyconnell. The goal for the concrete company was to expand a quarry.
Financial experts said the loss of his $8 billion business empire was due to Quinn’s decision to gamble on Anglo Irish Bank shares.
But the Fair Folk work in most mysterious ways, and who’s to say whether Sean Quinn staked his empire on bank shares because he thought, at the time, it would be a good idea.
Or whether it came, perhaps through dreams in the middle of the night, from some one or some thing that resented having its ancient home disturbed.
Needless to say, that across these regions the consensus is unanimous:
Don’t f*%ck with the Fairy’s.
DANCE OF QUEEN MAB PART II
Mab, or Mebd also called Queen Mab, in English folklore, is the queen of the fairies.
Mab is a mischievous, yet benevolent figure. In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, she is referred to as the fairies’ midwife, who delivers sleeping men of their innermost wishes in the form of dreams. In Michael Drayton’s mock-epic fairy poem Nymphidia (1627), she is the wife of the fairy king Oberon and is the queen of the diminutive fairies. Mab is similarly mentioned as a pixielike fairy in works by Ben Jonson, John Milton, and Robert Herrick. Her place as queen of the fairies in English folklore was eventually taken over by Titania.
In my eyes, Mab and Titania are one and the same.
While the term fairy goes back only to the Middle Ages in Europe, analogues to these beings in varying forms appear in both written and oral literature, from the Sanskrit gandharva (semidivine celestial musicians) to the nymphs of Greek mythology and Homer, the jinni of Arabic mythology, and similar folk characters of the Samoans, of the Arctic peoples, and of other indigenous Americans. The common modern depiction of fairies in children’s stories represents a bowdlerization of what was once a serious and even sinister folkloric tradition. The fairies of the past were feared as dangerous and powerful beings who were sometimes friendly to humans but could also be cruel or mischievous.
DANCE OF QUEEN MAB PART III
– Part III -WARNING –
Faeries got into my mechanics and I had to film this class in 2 sections. So there are 4 class video’s in total! When working with this material – please make sure you are leaving offerings outside for the faeries! They are hungry… Especially Queen Mab.