'When I Was a Fig in the Cabaret…' | Toxic Positivity & Dancing Through Life with Belle Bluestocking – The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & The Arts
In Episode 6, regular hosts Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose joined by dancer and troupe sister Belle Bluestocking to talk about mental health and creativity, and what the two mean to her (kind of our theme, in case you hadn’t noticed). Belle opens up about dancing through her emotions, her beloved Sylvia Plath, and why toxic positivity can be damaging to our mental health. However, try not to have a panic attack from happy excitement. As a result of talking to Belle, we now know that’s a thing.
CW: brief mention of eating disorders and body dysmorphia at 26.40 – 27.14
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Things mentioned in the podcast:
- Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar. New York: Harper and Row, 1971
- Limón contemporary dance technique, developed by Mexican dancer & choreographer José Limón
- Martha Graham (American modern dancer & choreographer)
- Alvin Ailey (American dancer and choreographer)
- Toxic positivity: a useful definition
- Digging for diamonds cartoon
- Dyspraxia – some great support resources on the ArtsMinds website
- Long-read about dance & mental health
- ‘I May Destroy You’ on BBC iPlayer (CW: sexual assault)
- ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ on Amazon Prime
- What to do if your friend has a panic attack
If you liked this episode, you might be interested in more from our troupe. Perhaps you would like to listen to an episode with Tootsie the tapper? Alternatively, Ida the showgirl might be just the ticket…
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With thanks to: Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk
Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod, available under license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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