Performance artist Chanje Kunda was suffering with stress and anxiety and discovered that plants reduce stress. She then learnt that some women in Mexico, fed up with men, were getting married to trees. The trees aren’t very talkative, but they are tall, do great things for the planet, and are renowned for their wood. Chanje was inspired and surrendered to this notion. She fell in love with plants, fleshy succulents, monstera’s hand shaped leaves, venus flytrap, the twining of a creeper. The pressures of life drifted away.
This show maps her journey, and features a harem of stunning tropical plants. There will be music and movement, dramatic narrative and metaphors and growth and renewal, and the show ends on a climax…
With us forever comparing our lives to those of others on social media and the superficial numbers game that is dating via online apps, Plant Fetish will inspire you to embrace foliage over FOMO!
Commissioned by Eclipse, HOME and ARC as part of Slate: Black. Arts. World.
“Chanje Kunda defies expectations by adopting a tongue-in-cheek style closer to an autobiographical comedian… Kunda generates a naturally warm and appealing personality that keeps the audience riveted to her story… As a work-in-progress, [Plant Fetish] is strikingly successful.” – British Theatre Guide
“[Plant Fetish] generates a joyful energy… A timely and empowering tale of the benefits of embracing foliage over FOMO, the beauty that can be found within imperfection, and the transformative power of nature.” – Circles & Stalls
“Chanje Kunda’s witty, playful personality radiates throughout the performance, resulting in an engaging and delightfully entertaining show. I am definitely going to take a leaf out of Kunda’s book and buy more plants for my house!” – The Play’s The Thing
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This discussion will focus on living in the ‘age of anxiety’ and how we can create more fulfilling lives. We are particularly looking around reducing the stigma of mental health conditions, celebrating the triumphs of people who really can thrive despite experiencing these type of health issues. Engagement in nature and engagement in the arts are great and inspiring ways of overcoming mental distress or anxiety in the modern age.
We welcome the following guests as part of the discussion:
Salma Qasim is a PhD student focusing on mental health stigma, anti-stigma campaigns and how these relate to race and ethnicity. She also works as a reablement worker, specialising in promoting independence and giving emotional support to enable individuals to control and manage their own lives.
Mick McKeown is Professor of Democratic Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire. He is a mental health nurse and active in Unison the trade union, interested in alternative forms of mental health care, creativity and community organising.