In Tibetan Buddhism, monks commonly create entities, or Tulpas (translated as emanations or magical illusions), to overcome attachments such as phobias or desires. Giving the Tulpa form, the monks meditate on their fears and use the Tulpas to overcome them. This act finally causes the entities to fully disappear once their purpose has been served and their phobia integrated. In Dancing With My Ghosts, Isa Vidal, gives form to her first single by acknowledging the shadows she inherited and dancing with her very own Tulpa. Through this embodied ritual she makes peace with the past, integrates her shadows, and puts old stories to rest once and for all.
Directed by James Bianchi
Music by Isa Vidal
Performance by Isa Vidal and Emma Alley
Concept and choreography by Emma Alley