In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month I'd like to repost video of a performance titled "Integration" by Performance Art Company, MARTEN EVERGREEN (which is Lukas Evergreen and myself) performed live at the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) fundraiser in Boise on May 9, 2015 at the Boise State University SPEC. It was an honor to create this piece specifically for NAMI and to perform it live and every time I rewatch the video I'm reminded of the wonderful work they do advocating for those who live with mental illness and for those are their loved ones.
performance art piece by
music by The Irrepressibles
The journey of an individual coming to terms with what's within.
Discovery. Struggle. Acceptance. Embrace.
This is the dance.
There is full video below of the performance.
The music really helped us as a guide for this piece.
Lisa represents the individual going through the process of discovering who they are. Lukas represents the struggles of life (whether that be mental illness, disorder, addiction, hardships. relational, emotional, spiritual, physical. other's initiated or self initiated.) The individual can experience isolation within the struggle. Whatever life brings or throws (from within, from others) whether good or bad, the individual is forced to deal with/handle it only out of what they are capable. At one point Lisa reaches out and together with Lukas they dance with the paint (representing the individual coming to acceptance of themselves and allowing what life is to integrate with them, becoming more of who they are, accepting who they are, and being who they were meant to be.) We really desired this piece to be able to speak to not only those who struggle with mental illness...but to all of us who live and breathe. For we all have our own journeys within. Integration is accomplished when we allow the struggles we face to guide us to who we were meant to be.
Thank you again to NAMI for asking Marten Evergreen to be a part of such a wonderful event. We have been honored to come along side you to help raise funds for all you do. And thank you Jessie Nilo for filming our performance.
FULL VIDEO OF OUR LIVE PERFORMANCE: