The 27 club. Usually spoken of with reverence, awe. A group of popular musicians who all died at the age of 27, it includes such musical legends as Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. What we tend to forget when we are speaking of this group is that they were all individual humans who were suffering from some form of mental distress. In reality there is nothing glamorous about drug overdose, depression, suicide.
In a case of art inspiring life and life inspiring art, local artist Anthony Pieters has collaborated with Gold Coast dancers Dream Crew to create 27, a harsh look at how men deal with mental illness.
“I believe as men, we still find it very difficult to talk about our feelings because we have been socialised to believe it emasculating,” says Anthony.
“But when emotions are bottled up, they can come out [in] various ways that are unhealthy, and substance abuse is one of those outlets for a lot of young men.”
Through live art, dance, multimedia and music, the group will be telling the story of a young man who is dealing with mental illness and substance abuse, and the final scene will reveal if he too will join the 27 club.
The purpose of this show is to bring awareness to these issues and support Livin, a not-for-profit organisation that was founded to wipe out the stigma on mental illness and raise awareness for suicide prevention.
Anyone who is suicidal may receive immediate help by logging onto Suicide.org or by calling 1-800-SUICIDE. Suicide is preventable, and if you are feeling suicidal, you must get help. So please visit Suicide.org or call 1-800-SUICIDE immediately.
The show will be held at the Robina Community Centre on 13 August and starts at 7pm. Tickets on the door.