Enter the realm of magic and mystery
which will challenge your perceptions and understanding of reality. Join CAMH
psychiatrist and illusionist Dr. Bruce
Ballon for an engaging exploration of mental health through interactive
simulations and mind-altering illusions.
Dr. Ballon will be performing “In My
Mind’s Eye” at the Stratford Festival on Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m., taking
the audience on a journey of discovery to experience a series of inner truths
and outer deceptions - or is it inner deceptions and outer truths? - that unite
us all. Visit the Stratford Festival website to purchase
Dr. Ballon’s performance is part of
the Stratford Festival Forum, a
series of presentations and performances meant to complement the main
theatrical productions. The theme uniting the entire Stratford Festival program
this year is "Madness: Minds
Pushed to the Edge". Shakespeare's King Lear and A Midsummer
Night’s Dream” will be performed alongside favourites like “Crazy for You” and
“Man of la Mancha", all on the theme of mental upheaval.
CAMH's Dr. David Goldbloom is the past Chair of the Board of the Stratford
Festival; could this have anything to do with Stratford’s choice of a mental
Promoting this important unifying subject
promises to help raise awareness of mental health for a whole new audience: the
600,000 visitors to the Stratford Festival over the course of a season. We saw
it first hand at the kick-off event for the 2014 Stratford Festival Forum
series held at Toronto's Koerner Hall on April 23 in honour of Shakespeare’s
450th birthday. Billed as the Shakespeare Slam, Dr. Goldbloom and musician Steven Paige debated actor Paul Gross
and Lisa Brown of Workman
Arts on the topic of madness and creativity: are they related?,
followed by a performance by musician Hawksley Workman.
This is a series worth supporting!