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Artists course of their trauma by artwork in ‘Catharsis,’ a present operating at Cite des Arts

After a member of the family died, Megan Tran wanted a method to course of the feelings. The Lafayette native turned to artwork.

“Then I had this concept that was like, nicely, if I am doing this, I guess there are different artists who may additionally profit from having an area to construct a chunk based mostly on a traumatic expertise and perhaps get some type of expression and method of therapeutic and exploration of adverse emotions,” Tran mentioned.

She turned to Fb and requested if she booked Cité des Arts for a weekend, would anybody be eager about making artwork from their trauma. The reaction- gives for stage managers, co-directors, performers – was overwhelming, Tran mentioned.

From there, “Catharsis” was deliberate. The present, which might be carried out Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., will function almost 20 artists who categorical their trauma in quite a lot of methods from spoken phrase to bounce to singing to work.

“The concept of this present was to make use of artwork to get by issues which might be type of common,” mentioned assistant producer Alexandra Culotta. “And as people, bringing our vulnerability to the stage.”

“With the ability to give a voice to and have an viewers for issues which might be usually so non-public, and even shameful, is absolutely highly effective,” Culotta added.

In “Catharsis,” performers course of their trauma by artwork, together with spoken phrase, dance and visible artwork. The present will run at Cite des Arts in Lafayette on March 4 and March 5.

The performances cowl a variety of subjects together with divorce, home violence and drug abuse. Set off warnings might be given for each bit within the present’s program and a counselor might be on web site for anybody who wants to talk with somebody.

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The present will discover a variety of feelings and responses, Tran and Culotta mentioned.

Even throughout rehearsal, performer and stage supervisor Matt Humphrey, who’s a sexual assault survivor, mentioned he was moved to tears throughout some performances.

“We’re speaking about massive, massive issues which might be common,” he mentioned.

“For folks to take a step out and discuss this stuff, however not solely discuss them however carry out them and have a good time them and settle for them for what they’re and attempt to use them to assist different folks is a extremely highly effective expertise.”

When you go…

What: Catharsis: Traversing trauma by performative artwork

When: Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m.

The place: Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette

Tickets: $20; may be purchased on-line or on the door

Contact Ashley White at [email protected] or on Twitter @AshleyyDi.

This text initially appeared on Lafayette Day by day Advertiser: Artists course of trauma by artwork ‘Catharsis’ at Cite des Arts


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