soak is an accessibility-centered, virtual, and immersive electroacoustic toy opera by a sick + mad + disabled non-binary femme soaking in a bathtub co-created with and for sick + mad + disabled folx in bathtubs/shower chairs/wash basins/sponge baths/kiddie pools/foot tubs/areas of cozy and enveloping rest and ease/in, with, or near any body of water big or very small (an ocean/lake/river/rain, snow, steam, or ice/glass of water/our own bodies), real or imagined (because who is the arbiter of what is real anyway?).
A small journey in a small space where the expanse is within you, the story is yours. A bath journey that moves beyond cure to ask what would feel healing for you, for right now?
American Sign Language + song-signing, live captioning, creative captioning, audio description, sound description, and access doulas in a live online setting.
There are two main interdependent components to soak: The first is a live performance by alexa dexa soaking in a bathtub, leading the audience through a bath ritual that alexa centers their days around for weathering a flare of their chronic illness. The second is a score for the audience, who actively shape the sound world of soak through their own experience of soaking, right along with alexa.