Title of Abstract

I Promise You: Mental Health in the Art of Dance

Submitting Student(s)

Gracie BennettFollow

Faculty Mentor

One WU Mentor: Meg Schriffen; schriffenm@winthrop.edu

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Theatre & Dance

Faculty Mentor

Meg Schriffen, M.F.A.

Abstract

What does it mean to struggle with mental health? In fact, what exactly is mental health? Have you ever known anyone struggle with mental disorders that prohibit them from daily tasks? Maybe you have your own mental struggles you are working through. Take a moment to ask yourselves these questions and develop your own thoughts. As humans, we tend to act on our emotions or “big feelings” in varying ways. We can externally exhibit our emotions, some may bottle them in and there are all sorts of in betweens. What if these thoughts lead to something darker, something that can never be undone, such as ending your own life? What if just a call for help can change this? You might be asking, how do I do this? What if no one will listen to me? No one understands. “I Promise You” is about experiencing mental disorders and the feelings that go along with them. The choreography for this piece is based off of a raw display of emotion and art to tell a story of mental health awareness and suicide prevention. My movement also incorporates humanistic tendencies and speaking to show and portray the reality of this issue. This piece is also about the opportunity and bravery to ask for help in your darkest times. While you are just one, this world needs you in it. You are loved, valued and cherished, and most importantly you are never alone.

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Course Assignment

DANT 301 - Schriffen

Other Presentations/Performances

Winthrop University Junior Choreography Showcase. April 2021

Type of Presentation

Performance of my creative work

Performance Description

Dance/ choreography duet piece.

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I Promise You: Mental Health in the Art of Dance

What does it mean to struggle with mental health? In fact, what exactly is mental health? Have you ever known anyone struggle with mental disorders that prohibit them from daily tasks? Maybe you have your own mental struggles you are working through. Take a moment to ask yourselves these questions and develop your own thoughts. As humans, we tend to act on our emotions or “big feelings” in varying ways. We can externally exhibit our emotions, some may bottle them in and there are all sorts of in betweens. What if these thoughts lead to something darker, something that can never be undone, such as ending your own life? What if just a call for help can change this? You might be asking, how do I do this? What if no one will listen to me? No one understands. “I Promise You” is about experiencing mental disorders and the feelings that go along with them. The choreography for this piece is based off of a raw display of emotion and art to tell a story of mental health awareness and suicide prevention. My movement also incorporates humanistic tendencies and speaking to show and portray the reality of this issue. This piece is also about the opportunity and bravery to ask for help in your darkest times. While you are just one, this world needs you in it. You are loved, valued and cherished, and most importantly you are never alone.