Vault Festival 2016: Bpolar

A visual journey into the mind and soul of bipolarity

London’s biggest arts festival is returning: make your way underground for six weeks of creativity, innovation and chaos at Vault Festival. With more than 100 different shows spread across eight incredible venues, you're not going to find anything else like it above or below ground any time soon. The love of a petty clerk for his manager’s daughter becomes obsession, sparking the bipolar disorder that lurks within. Gogol’s "Diary of a Madman", retold as a riveting cinematic experience. Have you ever felt that you’re going mad? Have you ever felt that this crazy world we live in is driving you out of your mind? Gogol’s "Diary of a Madman" is one of the first literary pieces touching on mental illness in the first person. Though it dates to the late 19th century, the cruel, absurd, Kafkaesque world illustrated by Gogol perfectly reflects our hectic present day reality. The story of a gray clerk, who falls in love with his manager’s daughter. His love becomes an obsession and sparks the bipolar disorder that lurks within him. The development of the mental illness is illustrated onstage, through the eyes of its victim. All this, without a single word spoken onstage, through movement, video art, music, and lighting, in the "Ayit" Ensemble’s unique stage language. Show takes place in the Brick Hall space. Running time is approximately 59 minutes.


The Vaults, Launcelot Street, Waterloo

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