DIS-CONNECTED

DIS-CONNECTED is an immersive visual theatre experience and art exhibition, using multi-disciplinary mediums, such as dance, spoken words, physical theatre and visual arts.

The piece emerges from my first-hand experience of emotional walls (the resistance to connections in its various form) and psychological detachment due to emotional and mental pain of intense past experiences, overcome internal resistance to experiencing true feelings about the present and past which have been warded off because they are either too frightening or too painful. DIS-CONNECTED questions us on the notion of monster/hero/victim, spinning it upside down and inside out. It wanders in our childhood response to trauma, building of emotional defences, the hardship of choosing your identity in face of rejection and the ostracism that comes from it.

It explores some of the principles of the modern therapy techniques developed by Habib Davanloo in the 1960ies ISTDP (intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy) and revisits elements of the well known ancient Greek legend of the Minotaur and Theseus, giving a voice to the monstrous creature and allowing it to tell its story. What would it say?