Bewitch Yourself is a virtual and interactive opera offering a crip ritual for resourcing ourselves and sharing our resources. It is shaped by songspells, a term I coined to describe intentions holding space for dream possibilities that manifest transformation as we listen deeply to ourselves. A songspell is a seed of self-care. Its magic blooms from the truth that what we give our attention to grows.
Together, you and I will co-craft a songspell to Bewitch Yourself to. We’ll meet virtually. We’ll talk about what support we’d like to call in to ourselves. An oracle reading with my self-published sacrosanct oracle//composition deck will share a resource to rely on and serve as a graphic score. Our intentions will become the libretto. I will cast our songspell with my voice, an orchestra of toy instruments to rival a playpen, and live electronic processing in MaxMSP. Join me in the songspell casting, if you feel so called, with any mechanism for generating sound and a connection to experimentation and play.
An audio recording of our songspell and a document with our libretto will be yours to keep after our performance. No formal musical experience needed.
This intimate online crip ritual is an offering of access and transformative care, particularly for Disabled folx at high-risk for Covid-19. Bewitch Yourself is a love note to the brilliance and kinship of Disabled community, a love note deconstructing the ableist messaging that says our Disabled body-minds are disposable, a love note promising we won’t leave each other behind.
For me, Bewitch Yourself is a survival mechanism and a lifeline as we co-create space for being in community while in bed, for prioritizing access intimacy, for knowing belonging, and to be held in mutual support without putting ourselves or anyone else at risk. This care work honors our interdependence and serves as potent resistance against the deeply racist, ableist, money and death hungry systems of power and oppression that do not care for us or keep us safe.
As a sick mad crip, I am dedicated to the accessibility of my projects and gatherings as a critical step towards creating radical inclusivity in our community.
I will serve as your access doula as I guide you through our remote crip ritual. Zoom’s auto-generated captions will be enabled for our performance, in the language of your choosing. You are welcome to bring companions for added support. Any access needs you may have and all access requests can be shared as you book your session.
Should you prefer a more asynchronous approach via email, text message, voice message, or another format of your dreaming, this is absolutely a possibility! When scheduling, just select the date you’d like for our first correspondence, let me know your preferred communication method, and I will connect with you accordingly.
Questions +/or feedback regarding Bewitch Yourself +/or accessibility are welcome and encouraged. Contact alexa dexa at [email protected].
“Innovative as hell.” – Left Bank Magazine
“I think that this project should never stop and should grow and that more people could benefit from such an experience and service for the public.”
“I really needed the direction this offered and the practice of co-creating a song that encapsulates the directions I’m making in my life is so perfect and powerful.”
“My ‘Bewitch Yourself’ session with Alexa Dexa was such a precious and cherished experienced that I’m so pleased to add to my self-care arsenal! Alexa’s grounded, warm and welcoming presence was exactly what I needed as I had been going through a pretty tumultuous and intense time. I brought some themes to explore for the co-creation of our Songspell – which was nothing short of magical!
Alexa created such a safe and nourishing space for us to activate and cast this Songspell. We clarified the themes I brought using the Sacrosanct Oracle Cards which was so vibingly accurate!! It provided the direction and clarity I was seeking and really cemented where to set the intention. This laid a really strong foundation down to co-create a super mystical experience. This is a unique and utterly bespoke experience which truly lifted my spirits. Our session helped me clarify where to channel my energies moving forward.
Alexa’s wisdom, talent and passion is abundant and effortless. What I love most is being able to listen back to our Songspell anytime – what a gift! I’m really looking forward to incorporating this into my practice. I cannot recommend this enough to anyone looking to deepen and expand their magickal self-care practice using sound. Thank you, Alexa Dexa!!”
“I just want to thank you again for the opportunity to craft a songspell with you. It’s been a really powerful practice and I’m a bit amazed at all of the change it’s inspired and facilitated for me. I feel really open and clear. I’ve been holding less tension and releasing quicker. I am speaking up more, standing up for myself more. I am less afraid to sing around other people. I’ve been really trying to let my authentic voice out, especially if I’m just at home by myself, and it literally feels different coming out of my body. I’m unfolding in the best ways and am so grateful for the work we did in our songspell.”
“That was a powerful reinitiation for me towards making spontaneous music with others, which I haven’t done since 2020. It helped me shake off rust and come out of my shell! I’m glad it was fun for you too. It also felt like a safe, powerful and soothing emotional release for my Covid-era grief. Much needed. Five stars!!!!!”
“i truly appreciate the opportunity to participate with you! residual tingling from liminal invocation stays strong…”