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Choreographic work by Liezl de Wouters d'Oplinter

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Anxiety is a condition that is not always diagnosed or talked about, that is partly because a stigma exists around it that blocks the open and free discussion of it. Some believe that it only affects a small number of people. In reality, 4 out of 5 people go through trials and phases of anxiety at some point during their lives. The extent to which one might experience anxiety varies and if not dealt with correctly can become a traumatising journey for individuals characterised by fear, exclusion, loneliness and insomnia. 

Angst takes a look at how anxiety affects individuals, the trials they face and how anxiety is experienced by the body and spirit. It shifts the focus from the individual and their story to their non-visible symptoms and experiences to bring better awareness to those who do not understand the disease. There is also some light shed on possible strategies and support measures for those who do suffer from anxiety.

In most cases, anxiety is suffered alone. Those who struggle with anxiety disorders either do not know that is the problem or are too afraid to share their experiences with the people around them. Angst wants to bring light to both parties as anxiety should not be experienced in silence. It can become extremely serious but there is hope and help in many forms, the people around you are the first call of contact. 

As a personal resolution and hope on the subject, we look to 2 Corinthians 10:5 “and we destroy every proud thing that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ,” to come to the conclusion that there is ultimately freedom from both fear and anxiety when we turn to Christ and experience the Truth of who we were made to be.

The three pieces of choreography portrayed here only touches the tip of the iceberg and create a starting point for further delving, creating, exploring and sharing.

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"You are in a nightmare inside a nightmare inside a nightmare inside a nightmare inside a nightmare... and each time you refuse to run away from the thing that terrifies you, you break through one layer. It's maybe not surprising then that so many never make it out of the nightmare. It's not easy to convince yourself to keep enduring the same paralysing fear again and again and again. But when you do, you realise, one day, that you have woken up for good and there is no train or bullet or grizzly bear hurtling towards you anymore"

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