SHRIMP DANCE is a new performance dealing with mental health, consumer capitalism, and ecological crisis. Its first showing will be part of SMHAFF (Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival) on 22nd October 2017:
SHRIMP DANCE is a collaboration with marine biologist Dr. Alex Ford, whose experiments have found anti-depressants entering the sea through human waste are affecting the behaviour of shrimp. High levels of prozac are causing shrimp to abandon their shadowy habitat and swim towards the light where they’re often eaten.
THE HUMANS ARE SO SAD THAT THE SHRIMP ARE GOING CRAZY.
Of many questions I'm trying to explore here, one of the main ones is: How many millions of people on anti-depressants will it take for us to acknowledge it as a symptom of a sick society (austerity-tinted capitalism) and sick environment (ecological catastrophe and our doing little about it), rather than an individual problem?
SHRIMP DANCE has been in supported in its first development phase by Dance Base Edinburgh (Kindly supported by Creative Scotland), and subsequently by The Work Room and Platform Glasgow. A profile of an early version of the piece by Lorna Irvine is available here.