“The Ninth Wave is the mystical border between worlds,” according to Welsh artist Jen Delyth. For anyone wishing to delve into this border, Beyond the Ninth Wave is a mystical journey that will be thoroughly enjoyed. This easy to explore interactive DVD showcases Delyth’s gorgeous artwork, interweaving it with traditional and contemporary Celtic music and poetry. The DVD includes nine animated movies that can be viewed together as a feature film or individually as chapters. Within each chapter are not only the movie, but also links to poetry, descriptions of mythological symbols, and notes about the artists pertaining to that chapter. A booklet accompanies the DVD to guide the user in navigation.
Delyth’s astounding Celtic artwork is brilliant, colorful and flows gracefully from one image to the next. Accompanying it, Gilli Smith’s haunting voice reminds one of a wise woman of the woods, as she reads the poetry of both ancient and modern Celtic poets, including her own works as well as that of Dylan Thomas, Robert Graves, John and Caitlin Matthews, Hildegard de Bingen, Taliesin, and Fiona Macleod. The DVD also contains an abundance of information explaining the Celtic pantheon and the symbolism of each figure’s aspects. Druidic wisdom is portrayed through the words of the early poets Taliesin and Amergin.
Anyone with an appreciation of timeless wisdom and beauty will quickly realize this is not just entertainment or learning, it’s an experience. Beyond the Ninth Wave is the kind of DVD to which you can sit back, pour yourself a glass of wine, and let its inspiration flow through all your senses. It will take you on a mystical journey to the border between worlds.