In ``Goddesses in Everywoman,`` Bolen identifies seven goddesses and matches them with archetypal personality traits. The archetypes are status-quo protector Athena, a strong and conservative character; Artemis, goddess of the hunt who displayed independent and sisterly qualities; the stay-at-home, nurturing Demeter; Persephone; Hera; love goddess Aphrodite; and virginal housekeeper Hestia. Bolen said that women usually identify more closely with one particular goddess, but may identify with a range of goddess traits during the course of their lives.
Using the book “Goddesses in Everywoman” by Jean Shinoda Bolen as the basis for choreographic inspiration this short film follows one dancer through seven different environments and embodiments of goddesses: Artemis, Athena, Hestia, Hera, Demeter, Persephone, and Aphrodite. The Brooklyn basement setting of this film aims to capture a rough modern aesthetic that lends itself to the abstraction of the dancer and directors original concepts. Playing with perspective in an examination of the female form this film may be interpreted both literally and metaphorically as an outline of modern day femininity.
Goddesses in Everywoman doesn’t challenge anyone’s belief in God and it isn’t suggesting that women are literally goddesses, but when I read it for the second time, I realized that understanding the concepts Shinoda Bolen shares in the book, which focuses on understanding some of the things people believed as far back as the 8th century BC, can dramatically affect who we think we are and perhaps even change what many people currently believe.