SHRIMP DANCE by Paul Michael Henry deals with mental health, models of sanity under consumer capitalism, and ecological crisis. It’s based on scientific research linking the behaviour of shrimp to human consumption of anti-depressants. It is experimental in form, using Butoh dance and ‘live psychoanalysis’ (blending ‘Butoh Fu’ word-images as triggers for dance with free association while moving).
Coupled with (consensual) audience participation and audiovisual presentation of scientific research findings to probe the emotional logic of depression, late capitalism and austerity, SHRIMP DANCE explores what it means to be human in today's current political and social climate. The work aims to pass through the darkest places of human psychology to a space of deep connection with each other and our environment, with the unlikely aid of the humble shrimp. All will be explained.
SHRIMP DANCE had it's first stage of development in October 2016 with the kind support of Dance Base and Creative Scotland. Coming soon.