For one day, during Dag in de Branding, in four different locations around Studio Loos in The Hague, Ensemble Modelo62 will simultaneously present four of the five pieces that make up ‘Through the Looking Glass’: works for solo/duo performers that combine music and performance art to raise questions on an ever-present matter in our society: mental health.
How do we deal with mental health nowadays, specifically, with the so-called mental conditions? Are we prepared to welcome them and fully support people affected by one, as well as their families and friends? How do we deal with the emotions involved in a mental condition, and how can we better make contact with these emotions in order to connect better with each other and create a society that does not exclude what is not ‘in order’? With these different pieces, Petra Strahovnik goes to the core of the matter and brings out the struggle that lies in individuals afflicted with a mental condition in five different installations: ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Depression. With the use of music, sound, performance art, video, and electronics, she places the audience face to face with the inner world of a human being whose condition has put him in a ‘different’ lane than the rest of the world. And the question is raised:
Can we go beyond rejection and find compassion in order to expand our concept as a society of what is ‘in order’?
LOST in TIME – Anxiety DisOrder
For Jan Willem Troost and Cello with sound installation
DROWNED in TIME – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisOrder
For Klára van de Ketterij and Percussion with electronics
TWIST IN TIME, DUALITY of PERCEPTION – Bipolar DisOrder
For Enric Sans i Morera and Clarinet & For Jorge López García and Clarinet
FORGOTTEN IN TIME – Depression
For Santiago Lascurain and electric guitar
‘Through the Looking Glass’ is part of disOrders, a collaboration between Ensemble Modelo62 and Slovenian composer Petra Strahovnik. It will culminate in 2020 with the opera ‘BalerinaBalerina’, based on a book by Slovenian writer Marco Sosič about an autistic girl. https://www.modelo62.com/disorders/