Dymphna: Catholic saint for the mentally ill

Friends of Dymphna, an opera about depression touches mental fragility and depression through dance and performance art. The autobiographical work attempts to reveal the biological, emotional and social aspects of severe depression, it also strives to dismantle the tabu like nature of the subject.

The piece has been inspired by Andrew Solomons novel The Noonday Demon, an anatomy of depression (Chatto&Windus 2001). Friends of Dymphna aims to create ambiguos images of depression that arise from the questions; Why are we depressed? What causes depression? What does depression feel like? What does it look like? What is the opposite of depression?

Choreography: Carl Knif

Dance: Carl Knif, Jonna Aaltonen, Terhi Vaimala / Satu Halttunen

Texts: Carl Knif, Jonna Aaltonen, Terhi Vaimala

Light design: Jukka Huitila

Sound design: Aake Otsala

Costume design: Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila

Production: Carl Knif Company & JoJo – Oulun Tanssin Keskus, 2015

Language: English

Duration: 40-50 min

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