An Interpretation of 'The Descent of Inanna'


The Descent of Inanna emerged from the literary corpus of Mesopotamia circa 4000 BC. Inscribed upon clay tablets, the story follows Inanna, goddess of sexual love, fertility and war, and her visit to the queen of the underworld - and her sister - Ereshkigal.

 

Ereshkigal is the neglected side of Inanna; that part of Inanna that was unloving and unloved, abandoned, instinctual, and full of rage, greed, and desperate loneliness. She ruthlessly destroys all that goes against our true individuality or appropriate life path. She does not lead us to our goal by revealing what it is but rather by eliminating everything that it is not.

 

Inanna arrives at the outer gate of the underworld in all her glory, wearing the garments of her power and light, wishing to enter. Resplendent, Ereshkigal perceives her as full of ambition, pride and the desire to expand her influence. Yet, perhaps Inanna is merely looking for that other, darker side of herself she’s long neglected, seeking to become whole. Regardless of Innana’s motive, Ereshkigal is enraged by her appearance and orders the seven gates to be bolted. Inanna is allowed to pass only one gate at a time, but before each gate she must remove a piece of her royal garb.

 

When Inanna finally reaches the throne room of Ereshkigal she is naked and stripped of all her heavenly powers. Ereshkigal passes her eye of judgment on Inanna and condemns her to death. She kills Inanna.

 

Yet, faced with what she has done, Ereshkigal is overcome with intense pain and suffering, for Inanna was the other side of herself.

 

The Enki, servants of the queen of the underworld, plead with her to release her personal anguish, her despair and anger, which is embodied in the glorious Goddess of Love. They ask for the rotting body of Inanna.

 

When Ereshkigal agrees to release her nemesis, and thus part of her pain, the Enki sprinkle the food and water of life on Inanna’s corpse.

 

And Inanna arises…

​A co-production by Milla Reika (Senkaku productions) & Feline (Eroticfreestyle)

Directed and written by Milla Reika

A word from the audience:

”Thrilled I got to experience such a breathtaking and groundbreaking performance! I’ve never seen anything else quite like it since getting absorbed into the underground world of bondage. The Descent of Innana, an ancient tale of jealousy and redemption among sisters, has the potential to bring erotic art out from the depths and into the mainstream.

 

Taking a step further than the typical erotic performance involving rope - already a captivating and sensual affair - Innana clearly and seamlessly brought the story into the production. The visuals incorporated were immersive and the movements were choreographed like a dance. Both Milla Reika and Feline, a dancer herself, moved to the music throughout; every movement was calculated, on beat, and propelled the narrative further. The costumes - towering feathered headdresses, imposing bat wing-like capes, shimmering golden collars and gauntlets and belts - were stunning and dramatic, especially considering they were handmade by the performers themselves. 

 

Though the content was highly erotic, the show felt tame enough to be enjoyed by a wider audience. The focus was equally on bondage and the story. This wasn't just a bottom getting abused or humiliated on stage (which, don't get me wrong, is amazing when consensual!) - this was a collaboration of theatrical proportions. Both women were powerful and in control, a very moving sight and one I won’t soon forget.”

-Brooke Larson

『Cast・キャスト』

Innana - 豹 凛 (Feline)
 

Ereshkigal - 嶺花 ミラ (Milla Reika)
 

Gatekeepers ・Chika & KumiCat
 

Narration/MC ・ 雨音 (Amane)

『Production・プロダクション』

Script Writer and Co-Director

・ミラ嶺花 (Milla Reika)


Dance Choreography and Co-Director

・豹 凛 (Feline)

 

Dance Choreography for Ereshkigal

・Coni the Dancer & Feline

 

Motion Graphics Design (Projection)

・Roger Bolton - CoreMelt Pty. Ltd

 

Music Editing and Design

・DJ Syarman - Diabolic Arts

 

Graphic Design

・Azuma Gaku (photo-book design)
・Aki Ueda - (Flyer Design)

 



Videography
・NAGY

 

Photography

・藤沢 将士 (Masashi Fujisawa)- AndLife

 


Bodypaint

・Imaoji Chieko

And a few pics. from backstage....