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El suicidio juvenil en tiempos de Covid

Suicides are the leading cause of unnatural death among young people aged 16 to 35 in Catalonia. Because of the pandemic, attempts to kill themselves have increased by 27% among young people.

The figures tells us:

  • In adolescence the danger is intent.
  • Suicide attempts in girls are higher than in boys (75% -25%)
  • For every completed suicide, there are about 20 attempts.
  • Suicide attempts in adolescence are more frequent in the age of 14-15 years.
  • 70% of adolescent girls who attempt suicide use the same method in the next attempt.
  • 90% of young people who commit suicide suffer from some mental health problem.
  • 25% of adolescents admit having had suicidal ideation and 7% having tried it.

*Source: Guide “Encarem el suïcidi juvenil” of CNJC (Secretariat del Consell Nacional de la Joventut de Catalunya)

Suicidal behavior is a very present phenomenon among youth, but it continues to be a taboo and unknown subject.

With all this information and situation, from perpetuummobile we propose a workshop to explore at a performative and dramaturgical level the relationship between the effects of the Covid confinement and the current increase in suicide cases in young people.

It is about investigating suicide in a general sense, starting from referential texts in the history of literature (from “Ajax” by Sophocles to Sarah Kane), as well as in a more particular sense, that is, how the experience has affected them confinement and the new reality imposed by the pandemic

Why has suicide become a “real” expectation for a significant part of your generation? What does it mean to them? What do they think about it?

We propose a work in progress without any pretense of having an artistic result or a public exhibition of it. The main objective is to work on pedagogical and theatrical tools and resources and develop a process that is enriching on a creative, formative and personal level for all those involved.

Theatrical improvisation and creative writing work will be combined, with master classes / talks given by specialists in the field, such as psychiatrists / psychologists, activists with experience in prevention and awareness about suicide, the so-called «survivors» (people directly affected by the suicide of a relative), etc.

Addressed to
We are looking for young people between 16-29 years old interested in participating in this creative process.
Maximum number of participants: 8.
Those interested should send their CV and a motivation letter explaining their interest in the workshop to the email:
(Deadline: 29 october).
Personal interviews will be carried out to form the work team.

Practical info
Duration: 2 months. 2,30h/week.
Schedule: every thursday from 18,30 to 21h
Place: Viu el Teatre – Passatge de Toledo, 11, 08014 Barcelona
From 4 november till 16 desember, 2021.

Antonio Morcillo López, playwright, theater director and teacher. He was trained at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and a Master in Performing Arts from the University of the Basque Country. He is the author of a score of theatrical texts, some published and others premiered. Highlights include Bangkok (winner of the SGAE Award for theater 2013), Al Hoyo (published by ADE magazine 2009), Firenze (Arola editors 2003), In experiments with rats (winner of the SGAE Award for theater 2007), Farewell II (winner of the Award SGAE de teatro 2001) and Los Carniceros (winner of the Marqués de Bradomín Prize 1998), among others. He currently combines his facet as an author with theatrical teaching at different escoles de teatre and c