Ari Telch He remembers when at the worst moment of his anxiety and depression crises he ended up screaming outside an office, or drowning in alcohol or fighting with his co-workers, because he did not understand what was happening to him and why he felt so bad.
Now, with the pandemic, scenes like these have been experienced around the world for two years.
Just last week people in China were screaming from their buildings due to their lockdown.
“Now it is more common to have someone at home suffering from anxiety; many lost loved ones and before the pandemic we had 360 million people suffering from depression, which is a serious illness; now more than 900 million inhabitants of the Earth are estimated, attention is urgently needed and making them visible, because they are invisible diseases”, explained Ari Telch, who addresses the issue of mental health in the work “D’Mind”.
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The actor pointed out that for a long time the theater has put its finger on the line on these issues, which apparently are still taboo in society.
In 2010 Ari was diagnosed with bipolarityand that is why he devised a staging where, through humor, he gives information and helps to reflect on it.
“This is highly stigmatized, it is even used as an insult, but four out of 10 people have suffered or will suffer from a mental illness throughout their lives, we have to think that we have to go to a psychiatrist from time to time” , said.
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A play about depression
At the moment there is another play on the billboard that touches on the subject, “The Depressed Person”, which is presented at the Miracle Theater and from May 5 at the Teatro La Capilla.
In this story, the actress Carolina Politi plays a woman with pathological depression, and considers that her parents are the reason for all her traumas, she also talks about her relationship with her therapist, who has suggested a support group that will be for her in the moment you need it.
Curiously, this montage premiered in August of last year, just as theaters reopened after a long quarantine.
“When one thinks of a pathology, it seems that we are talking about a part of society or a group of people, but if they go to see the work and come into contact with the text and with the trip, there is something that is not exclusive of depression, because we are talking about this human situation where we have a wound that melts us and from there we do everything to survive”, said Politi.
Carolina explains that the effectiveness of theater in addressing these issues is due to the fact that it takes a story that seems to be the most serious of all, so that later the public can put their own.
“The work detonates in those who look at it questions and perhaps possibilities of their own journey,” said the actress.
mirror of reality
Ari Telch remembers that once at the end of a performance of “D’Mente” in Aguascalientes, a young man approached him to tell him that his mother was waiting for him on the stairs of the theater; when he got there he found her crying and told her that she had already had two suicide attempts, so he helped her by channeling her to a good psychiatrist and six weeks later he called her to tell her that she felt very well, that it was no longer difficult for her to wake up; It is one of the many satisfactions that this work has given him.
“The stage does put a mirror in front of you, so you can identify yourself and ask for help with your problem,” said Telch, who after finishing the season at the Milan Theater last Monday, will take this play to Puebla and Morelos in the near future. and does not rule out returning to Mexico City.
criticism of society
The protagonist of “The depressed person” explained that it is also necessary to make a criticism of societythe main reason for the existence of models to comply with and a definition of success, that the only thing that has done is respond to the capitalist model in which we currently live and not to the happiness of the human being.
“When theater talks about us, about our human experience, in the end it has to touch and make a critique of the dysfunctional environment in which one lives, but this text goes further, because it tells us about two moments of therapy, first of the responsibility that others have and not me, that part of the therapeutic process where it turns out that I am the victim of all the circumstances and I fail to see that my own gaze has determined my experience, but that is the next step that must be to give in the process of being well”.
theater as therapy
Ari Telch, who was the protagonist of soap operas like “Muchachitas” and “Woman’s look”, assured that he does not know how much longer he will continue with “D’Mente”, which he wrote with the help of Alfonso Cárcamo and that last Monday reached its 100 performances, but for now he does not intend to stop.
“I chose the theater to talk about this because it is the medium that I like the most, and then we can think about making movies or television; I am in love with the stage, it is sensational and also therapeutic, it is my medicine, I appreciate it very much; but if you also make people laugh, think and at least provoke curiosity in people about what happens in the brain, what better”.