TO MAKE A GROSS, BUT UNDERSTANDABLE COMPARISON
- Dr. Charles Richet; physiologist, Nobel Prize winner, and closet novelist--writing in 1880 after observing hysterical patients at the Salpêtrière hospital in Paris.
Created for five female dancers, the project concerns female hysteria and explores the strange history of the disease, the women who were diagnosed with it, the doctors who treated it, and the ways in which the specter of madness still controls and empowers women today.
Premiered December 2015 at TRISKELION ARTS with performers Davonna Batt, Ariane Bernier, Sara Ciampa, Krystel Copper and Abby Price.
"I imagine everyone is more or less familiar with the bizarre characteristics of nervous women ... What is referred to as female nerves is simply hysteria."