Transformative performance film piece, guided by an inner dialogue between different aspects of Self, each in the process of emancipation from the clutches of their crutches…
Created as rite, to facilitate an awakening and reclaiming of control over one's life, finding strength on the other side of weakness... Expressing and reaching for, the universal through the portal of the personal.
All original sound created by Alice Karveli (flute, percussion, spoken word, sound design) with James Crouch on the bass guitar.
Concept from early 2018, filmed summer of 2018, fully finished with post-production early 2019.
Photography by Max Nightwind.
Of Drowning and Swimming....
Water is Home when the Earth is Hostile.
Floating free and beyond harm…
in elemental liquid boundlessness.
Abandoned yet boundary-less,
draped by smooth contact on all sides corporeal, spiritual
perceived and imagined…
Suspended in the cosmic amniotic fluid.
Sacrifice the Sorrows to the water…
let them spill
out and back to Source.
The sacrificial act itself
if done in unconscious compulsion
the freedom it brings
comes at a cost:
Safety in the cocoon of Numbness
brings forth a deeper loss…
A bluntness of
the spirit-sword of conscious action
The voice and Word
with which to manifest
in the World Above the Water.
Then the Water is Forgetfulness…
And drowning, the compulsive nature
of a sacrifice done out of escapism
or sheer exhaustion and need for deep-rest.
But when need for deep and death-like rest is sated…
it’s time to learn to swim.
To step back into power
conscious action to change…
And it has to run its course like this…
this unavoidable process
That nevertheless can catalyse and fuel
and growth of new extremities… into the world of Spirit.