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about

“It is in the claiming and naming of our power.”
From a spur of the moment idea to an explosive poem and performance from Tara Griffin roaring with energy and combined with original music from Charlie + Jake and improvised movement from dancers all over the world, She Wolves is a piece that celebrates the multitudes that make up the mosaic of womanhood.

“I will not be changed, instead I will make change.”
For our Open Collab show in March 2021, we brought together the voices and talents of women from all over the world to share their experiences and stories and put on a mini festival to celebrate International Women's Day.

As part of this, we asked friend of the show Tara Griffin to contribute a piece, and though she didn't have a poem that fit the brief already, she promptly got to writing. A few hours later and we were sent a voice note of her performance: an unstoppable freight train of emotions, experience, references and empowerment that left us crying on the kitchen floor. The project quickly grew as we created a track around her words to match the energy and passion she shared, and it inspired us to reach out to some talented improvisational dancers based in Argentina, Mexico, and right here in Bristol. With a turnaround of just a few weeks in the lead up to the show, we are forever grateful that all these collaborators poured so much enthusiasm and generosity into the project, including everything from flaming hoop and acrobatics to a beautifully designed dress and a steaming volcano in the background of a shot!

It started with a tiny nugget of an idea: to create a little multi-disciplinary piece for our Open Collab show celebrating International Women's Day.

It's become an international collaboration that has brought together our varied talents, voices and experiences to celebrate all things woman: "we are the very definition of golden."

All proceeds from Bandcamp sales and contributions are going to the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation who work with young people and their families in London. 39% of London’s children live in poverty and they aim to change that.

lyrics

We hold our gender between our teeth
we pick ourselves up like kittens
for we are vulnerable
and vicious
and we have
transformed your shackle
into a spectacle -
a marvel of love and warmth and hilarity
because yes, us women are funny
but you know what else we are?
We are pithy
powerful
- don't forget
there's a reason
'her'
rhymes with power
and devour
and glower
for when you encounter us
you will learn that to be a woman is in the choosing
it's in the claiming and naming of our power
in mixing the palette of talent and challenge
in how we can choose softness and flowers
without forgetting all that life has already taught us
- how we're imposters or original sinners
- heavy, we are guilt laden
but we can wear that guilt
and gild it in a canary yellow
that never stops singing
remember that
we are radiant bouquets
burning bright even in the darkest nights
for we know that worlds exist between our lips
and literature envies the lines written on our hips
and mankind happens in our footprints
We are who Whitman refers to when he says
I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
Because I can tell you
we will be reading Cixous and praising Thunberg
while acting like Fleabag
we'll be drinking beer and belching
we'll be wearing ballgowns,
dungarees
hijabs
or sari's
and we'll be reminding people that
femininity isn't in passing or being aesthetically pleasing
it's a spectrum for sisters not just cis-sters

We are found
and reclaimed
and made in the
face of things that want us to be erased
or changed
being a woman is in your chest
it's a gem that lives behind the rib cage
it's a power from an unseen well that says
no I won't be changed - Instead I will make change
because it is us -
the
wild women
witch women
sweet women
viking warrior women
swearing women
femme women
full fat hot blooded women
the women with snakes growing from their heads
the ones dropping the children at the gates for 8:10
it's the lovers
the mothers
the maidens
the crones
and the ones
who to all the above say no
that will
bring in
sing in a golden age
for you see,
women
don't just complain about the problems we see
we aren't ever afraid to roll up our sleeves
- cause you see not all women bleed,
but all women know the toil
it takes to claim
womanhood
and
these feet are ready to dance
to the beat of your "couldn't's" and "shouldn't's"
and rewrite that
we are
personal
and passionate
and savage and sexual
and above all
we are soulful
we are draped in, dripping in sunlight
we will bring about a new spring
blooming heavy with splendour and song
a summer where we wear sunflowers
in our hair
and starlight on our skin
and it's women who write about
The Hills We Climb
or
fight like Malala
dedicated to education
and new directions
and never forget that
we
are made of poetry
and victory
icons of liberty
and
we are the very definition of
golden

credits

released August 6, 2021
Poem by Tara Griffin
Music by Charlie + Jake
Produced for Open Collab, March 2021
In support of Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation

Music video featuring:
Ratna Dakini Mariana
Jade Morris
Fra Danti
Malena Grilli

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Charlie + Jake Bristol, UK

Vocals and multi-instrumental duo, combining powerful, soulful vocals with rich piano to weave stories of love, friendship and sense of place.

Often cute and cheerful, sometimes wandering into the misty and mellow then swiftly dropping into the groovy and sassy to get everyone clapping along again. Every instrument under the sun will be used in loopy chaotic explosions of fun.
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