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Jeffery N. Bullock


This research explores theories about a codependent and an addict in a romantic, intimate relationship, through the lenses of feminist theory, attachment theory, and intergenerational trauma in American society. There is a lot of stigmatization and dehumanization towards individuals with addiction and the idea of being in love with someone who is an addict. Often our patriarchal society tells us about these negative stories through the media, internet, and films is a way to keep the addict in the realm of the non-human. The reality of it is that it is not their choice. Addiction isn't a choice. This makes it all the harder not to try and help and “fix it.” Addiction, beyond stigmatization and criminalization, is a disease that closely mingles with the free will, that those of us living in the midst of it can swing wildly, between sympathy and cruelty. In part of the creative manifestation at ached to this thesis research, as a tool to advocate and bring focus to the narrative of the codependent relationship though the embodiment of performative contemporary choreography. The purpose of my performance work is that I believe the way we tell stories about addiction and these relationships deeply informs the way we interact with one another act from the level of public health to the kitchen table. To those suffering with this disease to the extent in which we love as it can shape how we understand love and care, instead of seeking out an ideal that goes too far.