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"Llamar o tacor a la puerta means literally to play on the instrument of a name in order to open the door. It means using words that summon up the opening of a passageway."


Clarissa Pinkola-Estes

Women Who Run With The Wolves

La Loba - Enchanting the Wild is an evocative mix of poetry, chant and music that both explores and invokes the spirit of La Loba.


La Loba is a collector of bones, a being occupying  the liminal space between human and animal, who, once she has collected all the pieces of an entire skeleton, can sing flesh back on to bones and call spirit to return to the body. She is no less than a remaker of things lost.

La Loba can be found in Eastern European Fairytales and is described in Jungian analyst Clarissa Pinkola-Estes' book Women Who Run With The Wolves. Pinkola offers this "...crower and cackler..." as a representative of the wild. She is a bone collector, collecting bones of any animal in her realm, but she specialised in wolves. Wolves, who have been driven from many lands through culling, habit loss and hunting have, for some, become a representation of the wild. They have become a symbol for the wild we are losing both out in the world and within ourselves.

La Loba - Enchanting the Wild, through poetry, music and song, plays on the instrument of the name of La Loba, it invites her to be present in the space of the performance to pass on her wisdom of remaking. Perhaps we can move through the passageway back to a relationshp with the wild?

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Susan Taylor

Jade Moon

...is a spoken word artist who has appeared in a wide variety of settings. These include a small ferry boat on the River Dart, in a yurt at Dartington during Ways With Words, up and down Totnes High Street during the Festival Lantern procession and venues further afield, including Bristol Old Vic, Lincoln Cathedral Chapter House, The Philharmonic in Liverpool and the Edinburgh Fringe.



As an ex-land worker, She enjoys reworking old folk tales for a new audience and her collaborative project, Reclaiming the Myths of Dartmoor won a Tarka Country Millennium Award. She has six published poetry collections, as well as a number of pamphlets. Most recently, her work has appeared in The Poetry of Earth is Never Dead from Picador, Domestic Cherry 3 and her 2012 collection, A Small Wave for Your Form from Oversteps Books.

...has been performing poetry for the last 17 years and began the story telling group Bone Song 5 years ago.


"I was so moved by reading Women Who Run With Wolves that i fell more in love with story than i had ever been before. It was through this book that i truly began to understand the profound ability of story to offer us windows into ourselves as individuals and humanity as a whole. Jungian ways of looking at story have inspired me ever since. "


"La Loba has appealed to me particualrly becuase it is so strange and almost not even a tale at all as Pinkola tells it...perhaps more of character sketch. This leaves so much space for our intuitions to explore, adding to the richness of  Pinkola's observations. Susan and I have played in the wild, we have searched in our own hearts for where that wild might reside and created a piece that both shares all that we have learnt and invokes La Lobas' presence to share with us all what she knows."



"If we follow the Jungian concept that the characters of a tale each represent an aspect of our own psyches then La Loba is the part of us that is deeply connected to the wild. Her song calls us back to be reunited with our inner wild, with the outer wild and the wild in our fellow others. She is also the part of us that knows how to search things out and rebuild that which seems lost.


Susan and I have been seeking bones. Each poem, chant, drum rhythm and flute pattern is a bone in the body of La Loba. These bones are inutitive mythic impressions, memories or messsages of and from La Loba. "



Jade Moon

Bone Song Creator

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Audience comments from Bone Songs' last show...

...has an exquistely trained voice, high and clear. She trained in music at Exeter University, but has been playing since she was 16.


She plays the piano, harp, guitar, ukulele and anything else that has strings.


"Fairytales are the stories of our times, the times past and the times to come. Infinite are their wisdom and interpretations that enrich our souls and imagination. Layer upon layer can be weaved, tangled and untangled leaving you in a place that is your place, the place you should be in to reflect and move forward. Music and story telling work beautifully together both are a story and a song, a teller and a singer, they enhance and enchant and dance together."

Carolan Grzesinski