‘Bring Us Your Women’ Reimagines Religious, Historical, and Mythological Stories

PassimA performance of "Isis." Photo by Marlise Steeman Fotographie.

As musician Catherine Capozzi visited the great churches of the world while touring with her band, she felt inspired to “believe in something.” But she also wondered how women fit into their stories.

“I was traveling through different parts of France, Switzerland, Spain, all the different countries that I went to, I was thinking, ‘I would like to know more about the female quotient of all these figures,'” she says. “I wanted to see if there was a way to connect the stories that were told and the women that were behind some of the major religions.”

That was the spark for “Bring Us Your Women,” a multimedia show that examines stories from history, religion, and mythology. Capozzi invited the many international artists she met through her travels to collaborate on the show.

The first layer of the show is the music, most of which Capozzi composed. From there, filmmakers, dancers, poets, and other artists threw their creativity into the mix. For example, the storytelling of Isis, an ancient Egyptian goddess, includes a stop-motion claymation film and live music. In Eve’s story, she is reimagined as being the original human, and the narrative is brought to life through dance. Some portrayals are true to the original tales, while others are new retellings.

“Hopefully what we’re going to do is present a message of humanity and tolerance that transcends gender and religion,” Capozzi says.

“Bring Us Your Women,” which will be performed at the Somerville Theatre on March 8, is one of 24 music projects or artists to receive one of this year’s Iguana Music Fund grants from Passim. The Harvard Square-based nonprofit’s annual grant series is designed to enrich local communities by supporting musicians and making it easier to be a full-time artist.

The Passim grant will significantly help with basic production costs like lights, sound, and bringing in a video screen, Capozzi says.

A version of the show has been performed before at OBERON, according to Capozzi, but a different version will be shown at the Somerville Theatre. Tickets will go on sale on the production’s website on Jan. 25.