FRINGE: The Yellow Wallpaper: A Dance Into Madness

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Produced by Krystal Bryan

Inspired by the Gothic classic “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, this story tells of a woman controlled by her aloof but dominating husband. A tale of past and perhaps current woes of frightening madness and deception, The Yellow Wallpaper: A Dance Into Madness explores the dangers of “resting cure” treatments as well as the importance of self-expression. Developed in the late 1800’s by Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell, Resting Cure treatments were often given primarily to women suffering from various degrees of nervousness such as postpartum depression and anxiety. Treatment consisted of absolute rest, isolation from friends and family, and constant feeding on a high fatty diet. The theory of Resting Cure was that if you could properly heal the physical body, the mind would eventually follow. Through the artistry of dance, this production sheds light on the daily struggles of women against male-centric thinking and social norms. With beautiful and eerie choreography The Yellow Wallpaper: A Dance Into Madness will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more.

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