First fort­night fes­ti­val show

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CHAL­LENG­ING men­tal health stigma will be the theme be­hind a se­ries of dance pieces at Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre on Jan­uary 14.

There will be four short per­for­mances as well as ‘spon­ta­neous hap­pen­ings’ in the foyer in what is ex­pected to be a trans­for­ma­tive evening.

The show, ‘A Shadow that Leans’ is part of First Fort­night Fes­ti­val which aims to chal­lenge men­tal health prej­u­dice through the cre­ative arts.

Mer­maid are host­ing the year-long res­i­dency of three Wick­low-based dance artists, Nick Bryson (Le­git­i­mate Bod­ies), Karen Glee­son and Ais­ling O’Coi­neen.

The artists will pro­duce new work, re­search and en­gage with the com­mu­nity of Wick­low.

A Shadow That Leans is the first of three dates where the artists-in-res­i­dence will showcase their works.

The arts al­low us to cre­ate a space where peo­ple can talk about men­tal health is­sues in a non-scripted man­ner.

Once that con­ver­sa­tion has be­gun, it will help to change peo­ple’s per­cep­tions about an is­sue that af­fects us all with one in four of us set to ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal health prob­lem at some point in our lives.

Dance is a proven route to­wards psy­cho­log­i­cal heal­ing, and has the ca­pac­ity to in­te­grate sev­eral brain func­tions at once — kines­thetic, ra­tio­nal, mu­si­cal, and emo­tional. As an art form, it is a fit­ting ad­di­tion to First Fort­night Fes­ti­val.

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