As a trauma survivor, I come to this project from my own journey healing PTSD symptoms. I was very inspired by Bessel Van Der Kolk’s book The Body Keeps the Score which looks at the neurological and physical effects of trauma. Van Der Kolk's research ultimately led me to try body-based (as opposed to language/talking-based) therapies, like EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Neurofeedback, PBSP (Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor), and Somatic Experiencing—and the results had a huge positive impact on me, physically and emotionally/mentally. I am fascinated by the body's ability to store and process trauma, and I wanted to explore the idea of making a piece of music-theater that would be therapeutic from start to finish: not only in the end product, but also throughout the process.
The result is a 45-minute work with three on-stage performers (voice, percussion, violin), projections, lighting design, staging; an intimate odyssey to gain back a lost connection between body and mind.
In future iterations, the project is ideally joined by a panel discussion or audience Q and A before and/or after the piece, and hopes to open conversations about trauma and its (universal) aftermath, as well as therapies that can help trauma survivors regain a sense of safety within their own bodies.