The crow, the swan, the phoenix
A little suggestion from Alice’s Advendures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll:
”’ The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice. “Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present- at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”[…] ”’
The caterpillar is the butterfly, the butterfly is not the caterpillar. The caterpillar is not the butterfly, the butterfly is the caterpillar. This is it. Nothing can be created or detroyed, it can only be changed from one form to one another. All is transformation.
Black, white and red are not three harms, but the same body. Each part of your body is your body and environment too. You are not detached from all around worlds, not even from innermost one. The formula is experience, holy devotion to transformation. Ashes to ashes, fire will come again. Death and life, death again and life again, all is an instant. All is transformation.
Who are you?
The crow, the swan, the phoenix are alchemic symbols, connected with transformation. This performance is the first part of a serie entitled “Magnum Opus”.
© 2015 The crow, the swan, the phoenix. Performance by Damiano Fina. 10th October 2015. CACC, Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Cittadella (PD). Photo by Felicity Zaccaria and Stefano Bolognini.