Where Fallen Angels differ from other peer support groups and talking therapies is that the parts of my story I can’t put into words can actually be conveyed through movement.
I find it really difficult to express the pain and torture of active addiction through words – dance helps to tease out these knots and the experience of active addiction, not only helping non-addicts understand addiction, but also helping me understand and make sense of my own story.
What’s so amazing about Fallen Angels is that through movement Paul Bayes-Kitcher has been able to take our inner experiences and choreograph them into something that no longer has to be hidden.
This has given me a way of sharing who I am with others rather than hiding my addiction and feeling ashamed. Dance has definitely made me feel more confident about who I am and has made sharing my experience with non-addicts a million times easier.