Nieuwe Makers – Petra Strahovnik

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With the gracious support of Fonds Podiumkunsten, Ensemble Modelo62 and Petra Strahovnik will work together over two years to create a number of works that enhance Petra’s abilities to combine different art forms with music. The entire trajectory revolves around the theme ‘mental disorders’ (such as ADHD, autism, borderline personality disorder), to which Petra has a deep personal connection. The choice for this theme is double-sided: On one hand it allows Petra to explore the combination of performance art, video, and music in order to bring out vividly what lies inside people with these mental conditions. On the other hand, it allows something that is vital to her, through the opportunity to act as a social activist by raising awareness in society about these disorders.

This collaboration is divided into two stages that produces different artistic outcomes. In the first year she will write works that embody different mental disorders. The second year will be focused on producing and presenting an opera, entitled ‘BalerinaBalerina’, whose libretto is based on the book with the same name, written by the Slovenian Marco Sosič.

The different works that result from this collaboration will be presented at various art galleries in The Hague, as well as Korzo, Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019, and Cankarjev Dom in Slovenia.