Pauls Stradins Museum for history of medicine

Museum Night 2017

On May 20, from 7:00 PM until 1:00 AM, the Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine will be proud to welcome visitors to enjoy an exhibition on ethno-medicine and the Middle Ages, two other exhibitions, a butoh dance performance, and an educational programme, “Live Clean!”, that is offered by the State Sports Medicine Centre.

The butoh dance performance will be titled ‘Danse Macabre,’ and it will be part of an eponymous exhibition at the museum.  It is being presented in partnership with the IDEAGNŌSIS group of artists.  The performance is based on memento mori traditions that can be seen at the museum – the Danse Macabre, which is an allegory of the dance of death, as well as various post-death masks.  As these traditions flow together with the philosophy of butoh, the performance will depict the cycle of life from birth until death.  The dancers will appear live, but the performance will be special in that there will be a projection of videos of dancers performing the butoh dance underwater, revealing the dancers’ bodies close up and allowing the audience to see nuances of their movement.  The video projections will be available all night, and the dancers will perform from 9:00 until 11:00 PM.  The performance is being organised by the IDEAGNŌSIS group of artists, video artists Horens Stalbe and Viktorija Eksta, sound artist Sabīne Moore and photographer Anna Siliņa with the support of the State Cultural Capital Fund.

The ‘Corpora Nova’ exhibition will present the damage that is caused by various addictions to the human body.  The “Live Clean!” educational programme, in turn, will emphasise the fact that life is movement.  An anti-doping stand will offer information about anti-doping regulations.  Sports Medicine Centre staff will be on hand to explain what doping is, why it is banned, who most observe the relevant regulations, and how the use of doping elements is controlled and monitored.  The specialists will also discuss risks related to polluted nutrition enhancers and many other things.  Visitors will be able to test their knowledge via a computerised quiz that has been prepared by the World Anti-Doping Agency.