Ground (2022) '11
Ground: Embracing Vulnerability and Authenticity
Ground is a spiritual performance. We will embrace the symbolism of returning to the Earth in a state of vulnerability and authenticity, just as you were born into this world – naked. By choosing to bury yourself naked, you are shedding the layers of societal conditioning and the illusions of material existence, baring your soul in its purest form.
The Cyclical Nature of Life and Death: Symbolism in Baring the Soul
As you lower yourself into the Earth, the act becomes a profound statement about the cyclical nature of life and death. Just as we enter the world naked, we also leave it behind in the same state, free from the material possessions and identities that we accumulate throughout our journey.
The Beauty and Innocence of the Naked Human Form
This act of baring your naked body is not meant to provoke or shock but to emphasize the inherent beauty and innocence of the human form. In its vulnerability, the naked body becomes a canvas for the expression of the soul, transcending the limitations of physical appearance and inviting the audience to witness the essence of your being.
Reclaiming Primal Connection: Humans and Nature Unite
By embracing your nakedness, you are also reclaiming a sense of primal connection with the Earth and nature. As you lie in the soil, you become one with the very elements that sustain all life, reaffirming the ancient bond between humans and the natural world.
Reflections and Challenges: Societal Norms and the Impermanence of Existence
Throughout the performance, the audience is invited to reflect on the deeper symbolism behind your nakedness and burial. It becomes a mirror for their own relationship with their bodies, with nature, and with the impermanence of existence. It challenges societal norms and expectations, inviting contemplation about our shared journey from birth to death and the inherent beauty and vulnerability in each stage.
Spiritual Surrender and Acceptance: The Profound Act of Self-Burial
This powerful act of self-burial while naked is an expression of profound spiritual surrender and acceptance. It signifies a willingness to let go of the ego, embrace the impermanence of the physical form, and connect with the eternal essence that transcends time and space.
Reborn from the Earth: Carrying Wisdom and Eternal Essence
As you emerge from the Earth, reborn from the symbolic burial, you carry with you the wisdom and lessons of this transformative experience. It is a profound reminder that we are all born naked into this world, and in the end, we return to the Earth in the same state, our souls forever intertwined with the cosmic dance of existence.