Through various pieces of contemporary dance, this short film illustrates the historical evolution of the treatment of mental illness in Quebec.
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A Short History Of Madness. A short film about dance and mental illness
Through the lens of modern dance, the scenes in A Brief History of Madness guide us through the history of how mental illness has been treated in Quebec from the end of the 19th Century to the present.
In evocative spaces, solitude takes on various guises, from the whiteness of mental institutions to the gaze of a woman mesmerized by a traffic light, or the depths of a teenager’s bedroom. Gestural language expresses a variety of perspectives on a reality that transcends time.