EMOTIONAL DOGS is an escapist journey.
Our heroes swirl, dive into a watery world, where their only connection to the upper world is a “control center” with radio transmitters, televisions, cassette players. However, nothing is under control when their “inner animal has taken the reins”.
The dog runs the show.
Fragmented stimuli interrupt their surfacing mission – when the relationship between the rational and emotional brain is violently disrupted, the whole body enters a constant state of survival.
A traumatic experience is not experienced as a linear, logical sequence of sensations and emotions. And words are never enough to describe such a story.
To how many meters can one sink before the “leakage” begins in their protective suit?
EMOTIONAL DOGS confides personal experiences, demystifies situations and confronts painful realities, with the aim of freeing the imagination from mental shackles and restoring the ability of the human body, no matter how “broken” it is, to dream and hope.

Starting from her personal experiences, and guided by Bessel van der Kolk’s book “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma” – with whom she also did a physical intensive seminar during September 2023 in Athens -, Penelope Morout immersed into a creative process that lasted two years and included extensive research in philosophical theories, neuroscience and psychology.
Within the context of the research mentioned above, Penelope Morout received funding from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, as well as additional support from cultural organizations in Greece, Italy, Spain and England, in the form of artistic residencies, in order to evolve and realize this artistic project. More specifically, these organizations are:

X-Church – Ashcroft Road, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 1BY, UK
Murate Art District – Piazza delle Murate, 50122, Florence, Italy
Duncan Dance Research Center – Chrysafis 34, 16232, Athens, Greece
Space Baby – Megalou Aleksandrou 80-82, 10435, Athens, Greece
El Sortidor - Plaça del Sortidor, 12, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004, Barcelona, Spain
nunArt Creacions – C/ del Telègraf, 67, Horta-Guinardó, 08041, Barcelona, Spain.

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