Some Historic - Some Hysteric

2004-2006

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Still from The Victorian Room, part of the set of Some Historic - Some Hysteric a multimedia piece that deals with the aesthetics and representation of hysteria.

 

Produced by The New Stage Theatre Company.


Doctor Jean Martin Charcot photographed his subjects who performed their own hysteria during his famous Tuesday lectures. He examined the visual fields of the hysterics and affirmed: "The hysterics see everything in black and white but rather often the notion of red remains..." This sentence was the point of departure for our choice of colors for both the costumes and the set: White, black and red. A video accompanies the piece and features the French surrealist Claude Cahun: Freud the father of psychoanalysis, Hannah Cullwick a nineteen century maid servant, and three Roumanian Aunts.