Reflections of Entanglement is an experimental performance project inspired by butoh aesthetic/philosophical approaches and was created as an aid for a certain alchemical transformation in the psyche, after having faced repeatedly the deep and gruelling challenges of love and loss. It includes both a film and an ongoing and organically evolving live performance aspect. 

     The vision for this project had been gestating long before its ultimate realisation in the year of 2020. The different scenes or episodes comprising it were finding expression in the minds eye one by one over the course of the last three to four years, through the processing of certain dysfunctional relationship dynamics as a painful and yet eye-opening experience about the existential nature of love itself and the different ways in which it can function in the lives of human creatures. 

     These experiences and the realisations that came from them, catalysed deep personal growth in many ways. This was greatly assisted in the last year in particular, through working with Systemic Family Constellations therapy, both on a personal level and through undergoing initial training as a future facilitator myself.

     This context provided a far clearer lens through which to see reality and the dynamics that inadvertently play up in human emotional relationships…   

How shared traumas and desires (through specific lacks within each Self), can magnetically pull people together in a dance of fatal attraction. How the things we cannot see because they lie within our inner blind-spots, can insidiously and most dangerously, entangle us to people and situations that if not handled with the outmost conscious care - a near impossible thing when one is triggered emotionally and does not yet possess the proper tools to handle it - can become very destructive, constrictive and painful. 

 

                       This pain however can become a teacher.   

 

    If one has the courage to honestly look through the eyes of the Other, as though through the Looking Glass to see themselves more clearly, accepting and learning from, whatever it is they see…. All of this becomes a powerfully transformative experience. 

However, no matter how well such things are processed and assimilated within the respective inner worlds of the individuals involved, when the love has been great yet the pain and violence of it even greater, the only peaceful resolution is Retreat. 

 

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Co-performed with Piotr Bockowski and realised with Martyna Dzierżyńska behind the camera.
Original sound, concept, creative direction and editing, by Alice Karveli. 

Photography by Martyna Dzierżyńska

© Alice Karveli 2019

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