Ensemble Modelo62 presents DisOrders, written by Petra Strahovnik

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For four days in a row, in five different galleries in The Hague, Ensemble Modelo62 will simultaneously present five pieces by Petra Strahovnik for solo/duo performers that combine music and performance art to raise questions on an ever-present matter in our society: mental health…   

Part 1 of DisOrders: ‘Through the Looking Glass’, by Petra Strahovnik. 

June 6, 7, 8 from 19:30 to 22:30
June 9 at 14:30. Pre-presentation talk at 13:30 with Christian Bouwkamp PhD in Psychology and Petra, in Parts Project Gallery.

How do we deal with mental health nowadays, specifically, with the so-called mental disorders 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 to connect better with each other and create a society that does not exclude what is not ‘in order’?

With five 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, Autism Spectrum Disorder, 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’?

This set of five pieces is part of DisOrders, a two-year collaboration project between Ensemble Modelo62 and Petra, supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Den Haag and Dioraphte. It will culminate in 2020 with the production of the opera ‘Balerina, Balerina’ (working title), whose libretto is based on the book with the same name, written by the Slovenian Marco Sosič.

Read more about DisOrders here

‘Through the Looking Glass’ is presented simultaneously in Galerie Helder, The Grey Space in the Middle, Haagse Kunstring, Parts Project and Trixie.

The five pieces:

#1 LOST in TIME – Anxiety DisOrder.
For Jan Willem Troost and Cello. With sound installation
@ The Grey Space in the Middle.

#2 DROWNED in TIME – Attention deficit hyperactivity DisOrder.
For Klára van de Ketterij and Percussion. With electronics.
@ Trixie.

#3 AMAZED by TIME, FROZEN in TIME – Autism Spectrum DisOrder.
For Justin Christensen and Trumpet. With video projection
@ Galerie Helder.

#4 TWIST IN TIME, DUALITY of PERCEPTION – Bipolar DisOrder.
For Enric Sans i Morera and Clarinet. For Jorge López García and Clarinet.
@ Parts Project.

#5 FORGOTTEN IN TIME  Depression
For Santiago Lascurain and Guitar. With video projection.
@ Haagse Kunstkring.

Ensemble Modelo62:
Enric Sans i Morera
Jorge López García
Jan Willem Troost
Justin Christensen
Klara van de Ketterij
Santiago Lascurain

Artistic direction: Ezequiel Menalled
Composer and general concept: Petra Strahovnik
Video realization: Gregor Gobec
Performance art coach: Larysa Bauge
Production: Vasilis Stefanopoulos
Technical realization: Dario Giustarini