inanna_poster_v8_largeCreated by Anna Shneiderman and the Ensemble
Written by Addie Ulrey
Saturdays and Sundays
Oct. 15th – 30th, 2011 1:00-5:00 pm
Special Halloween after dark performance
on Monday, Oct. 31st, 2011 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Codornices Park, Berkeley — This event is FREE.

Photo Gallery Performances / Photo Gallery Installations

a mythic art occurrence celebrating the darkening of day

INANNA’S DESCENT is a unique Halloween event featuring site-specific interactive art installations, each one portraying a different aspect of Inanna’s myth, as well as a central performance that plays out the myth in story, movement and song. We invite you to wander through the tunnels, meadows, streams and forests of the park at your leisure, witnessing, participating, offering, playing and singing.

INANNA, queen of heaven and earth, goddess of love and war, opens her ear to the great below. She passes through the 7 gates to the underworld, shedding layers of earthly identity and entering the darkness. What will she meet there? Will she find her way back? What is the meaning of her journey? This seasonal myth from ancient Sumer, from the dawn of civilization, reaches through time and space to ask us: What calls us to the dark places? What are we willing to sacrifice? and What must we do to save our dying civilization? Join us on this journey to the depths of the underworld, through the unconscious, to celebrate the darkening of days.


“More genial and thought-provoking than a typical trip to a haunted house, Inanna’s Descent is an inventive Halloween expedition for children of most ages, and adults with young hearts.”

– Nicole Gluckstern, SF Bay Guardian

“It was just incredible. A very rich experience! This was an amazingly ambitious event.”
– Sage
“It was professional, intelligent, and refreshing as well as surprising.”
– Charmaine G.
“Ragged Wing’s worth seeing anytime, whatever the show. But there’s a great community feel to these outdoor events.”
-Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet
Created & Directed by:
Anna Shneiderman
Writer: Addie Ulrey
Featuring: Keith Davis, Lisa Klein, Sam Luckey, Cecilia Palmtag, Kelly Rinehart, Soren Santos, Amy Sass, Dax Tran-Caffee and Phil Wharton
Musicians: Tamara Roberts, Jenny Holland, Dax Tran-Caffee, Molly Holcomb
Site Directors: Jenny Holland, Cecilia Palmtag, Amy Sass, Anna Shneiderman, David Stein, Dax Tran-Caffee, Addie Ulrey
Stage Manager: Molly Holcomb
Music by: Tamara Roberts Art Director: Amy Sass
Production Designer/Builder: Dax Tran-Caffee