An Angel at My Table

2016

"Mental health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or affectations."

WHO (World Health Organization).

The immobility of the landscape as a fundamental objective. We start from the idea of ​​a day in the acute ward of a psychiatric hospital. This hospital creates an atmosphere surrounded by a monotony breath, and is also a space where different characters coexist: patients and health personnel. It develops with an open environment to madness, which gradually becomes blurred and distorted into an ambiguous and evocative atmosphere with the different landscapes interlaced, adopting different referents, either historical or conceptual.

A clinical environment, which has been delimited and then defined by certain difficult limits to discern between normality and abnormality. From here, the "mental health" has transformed into a psychiatric mechanism to measure social control and determination. This makes it possible to diagnose such pathologies and diversity of humanity with its contradictions and uniqueness. "Clinicians should assume that the environment is in constant change and must stay alert to the emergence of new risks." In this way we enter the acute ward of a psychiatric hospital where we are invited to search around the concept of mental health. "An Angel at My Table" pretends to be constructed at the intersection of a multiplicity of limits; through segmentation, creating different perspectives, which links the experience of the audience together with performers.

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