Art Work: Conversations with Festival Artists
What are the challenges and benefits of representing mental illness? Festival artists will reflect upon the place of mental illness in their creative process. What drives their respective artistic explorations of mental health?
Panelists: Rosanna Gamson, Victoria Maxwell, Danielle Dresden & Donna Peckett
As well as artist representatives from: Billedspor, Gallery Gachet, Gallo Organization, The Living Museum, RAG Theatre Troupe, Theatre Sycorax, Y Touring Theatre, Workman Theatre Project, Creative Arts Studio
Mental Health Where?
Different cultural communities understand mental health in different ways. Participants from around the world will be asked to explore the role of the arts in shaping such understandings in their homelands.
Panelists: Representatives from: Billedspor (Denmark), Gallery Gachet (Canada), La Orquestra de los Pacientes (Cuba), RAG Theatre Troupe (Australia), Theatre Sycorax (Germany), Gallo Organization (Denmark), Y Touring Company (England), Workman Theatre Project (Canada)
Making it Work: Conversations with Artistic Facilitators
Panelists from groups that create artistic development opportunities by, for and with people who have received mental health services will discuss best practices for funding, training, dealing with the media, promotion, conflict resolution and networking.
Panelists: Dr. Ordaz (Cuban Orchestra), Danielle Dresden and Donna Peckett (TapIt), Louisa Russell (Gallery Gachet), Lisa Brown (Workman Theatre Project)
Stanford researchers establish link between creative genius and mental illness
For decades, scientists have known that eminently creative individuals have a much higher rate of manic depression, or bipolar disorder, than does the general population. But few controlled studies have been done to build the link between mental illness and creativity. Now, Stanford researchers Connie Strong and Terence Ketter, MD, have taken the first steps toward exploring the relationship.
Using personality and temperament tests, they found healthy artists to be more similar in personality to individuals with manic depression than to healthy people in the general population. "My hunch is that emotional range, having an emotional broadband, is the bipolar patient's advantage," said Strong. "It isn't the only thing going on, but something gives people with manic depression an edge, and I think it is emotional range."
"'The Music of Madness' - Have You Heard It?"
In this exciting performance seminar Tracy Harris combines her unique and inspirational experience with mental illness with her gift of music to create an exciting, innovative and informative experience for mental health consumers, mental health providers and the general public. In this performance seminar Ms. Harris relays her very personal struggles with severe mental illness with candor, humor and music and discusses what elements, when combined, helped her achieve mental wellness once again. Through her performance seminar Ms. Harris shares her very personal story with the world, which includes a message of hope, healing and recovery. Ms. Harris was accepted at Juilliard at the age of 16 and has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the West Coast Symphony and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Ms. Harris is also the author of the highly acclaimed new book The Music of Madness.
"On Cowards Bend the Knee and His Film Work"
Premiered as part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2003, Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's first gallery installation, "Cowards Bend the Knee", will be exhibited at the Power Plant as part of the Festival from March 22 until May 25, 2003. Maddin will discuss the ten short films, viewed through peepholes, that make up the installation. Together, they comprise a semi-fictionalized autobiography that touches on voyeurism, narcissism, obsession and hockey.
"The Nature and Impact of Media Images of Mental Illness"
Mental illnesses are frequently represented in both news and entertainment media. Indeed, the public reports that the main source of their information about mental illnesses is "mass media." Unfortunately, mental illnesses are often presented by means of inaccurate and damaging stereotypes (such as "the violent predator"). These depictions influence both public attitudes about mental disorders and affect those viewers/readers who may themselves have a mental illness. This presentation will examine the ways mental disorders are commonly depicted in the media and the potential impact of those depictions on public attitudes and on the lives of people with mental illnesses, using both illustrations and research findings. Positive depictions and efforts to improve media depictions of mental illness will also be discussed.
Workshop Description: Show Ryuzanji’s work has been praised for its dynamic blend of theatrical genres and hyper-kinetic expression. Workshop attendees will enjoy a rare opportunity to join Ryuzanji in an exploration of the acting method of Japanese classic theatre and its application to contemporary theatre.
Mask of the Body - Body of the Mask
Workshop Description: Dancing and working with the expression of the body in an empty space--the silence of the body, rage of the body, sculpture of the body etc. A mask will be used in order to create marks to get a greater insight into the language of the body, and to reinforce the expression of the body.
Jewellery Making Workshop
Workshop Description: Through examples - brought with us from Denmark - we will demonstrate the forms and making of the most popular pieces of jewelry: jewelry from the age of the Vikings, earrings and rings, and working with glassbeads and nylon coated stainless steel wire.
Instructor Bio: Gallo Artistic facilitator Kirsten Kolstrup has worked for two and a half year in the open workshop - jewelry - connected to the museum of the psychiatric hospital at Aarhus - Denmark. She has been educated as a costume-maker, actress and teacher.
Assistant Bio: Jewelry-maker Trine Mikkonen Hansen is an assistant and user in the Gallo open workshop. She hopes to complete a goldsmiths education.
Workshop Description: Pascale will help you relax, write what you feel and let go of your inhibitions! This creative process can be restored and nurtured through the use of two techniques: Guided Imagery and Writing Practice.
What makes a written poem a great performance piece? How can a poet develop the necessary skills to engage a listening audience? Carol E. Kelly will take students through the process of mixing the poet with the actor. This workshop is flexible and fluid and all are welcome to join.
Workshop Description: This brief series of games, exercises and visualizations introduces the student to some of the basic principles of clown. The class will also explore the physical nature of clowning through gesture work.
Personal Moment Workshop
Workshop Description: This workshop teaches participants how to share feelings without having to explain them. The first hour deals with introduction, warmup, and sense memory. The second hour actor's are encouraged to apply the teaching in the context of an improvisation.
Workshop Description: No experience necessary. All that is required in this workshop is the desire to have fun, use your listening skills, and an open mind. Anyone can be a great improviser. Improv is like Zen. It is a way of life--you live it, breath it, sleep it, love it. Don't just watch it. Experience it.
Workshop Description: Lynette will demonstrate the effects of singing and making sounds on the body, mind and soul. No knowledge of music is required for this session. We will be singing, chanting and experimenting with our own sounds.