Schedule for the Performing Medicine Festival

Header for Performing Medicine Festival

Held April 5, 2014.

Tickets to the April 5, 2014 Festival cost $25 in advance/$30 at the door for general admission; $15 in advance/$20 at the door for NYAM fellows and members and Friends of the Rare Book Room; free for students and hospital house staff. Tours were $5 in advance/$10 at the door, subject to availability.

11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm
In this guided tour, you will visit the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room for an intimate look at some of our rare materials with Arlene Shaner, acting curator and reference librarian for historical collections, and Rebecca Pou, archivist. You will also get a behind-the-scenes look at how we care for our collections in our book and paper conservation laboratory with Head of Conservation Erin Albritton, Senior Conservator Anne Hillam, and Conservator Christina Amato. Register in advance.

Hosack Hall
11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Art of Listening
Daniel Adams, Hamilton Berry, Dr. Daniel Caplivski, Matt Chertkoff, Sean Conly, Brian Floody, Alex Fortes, Dr. Suzanne Garfinkle, Chris Lin-Brande, Dr. Michael Tosi
Listening is a crucial but problematic part of clinical medicine. Musicians are finely skilled in listening as a fundamental part of their work, and their insights can be particularly helpful to physicians. Led by Dr. Daniel Caplivski and Dr. Suzanne Garfinkle, The Art of Listening combines discussion and performance in an interactive concert by professional musicians. The Art of Listening is an activity designed for medical students by Mount Sinai’s Academy for Medicine and the Humanities and elucidates the complexities of listening and the applicability of musical thinking to the patient-physician relationship.

12:00–1:30 pm
On Creative Genius and Psychiatric Illness
Dr. Richard Kogan
Dr. Richard Kogan has a distinguished career as both a concert pianist and a psychiatrist. In today’s program, Dr. Kogan analyzes the life of Robert Schumann from a mind-body perspective, integrating an exploration of Schumann’s emotional life, based on his extensive writings, with a performance by Dr. Kogan of Schumann’s works including the twenty-one movements of Carnaval. Dr. Kogan illuminates Schumann’s creative process from a unique perspective, raising questions about shifting diagnoses and unintended treatment consequences in the context of creativity, mental illness, and music. In a review of Dr. Kogan’s DVD Music and the Mind: The Life and Works of Robert Schumann, recorded for Yamaha, Yo-Yo Ma wrote, “I came away from this extraordinary lecture and performance deeply moved by a fascinating presentation that only Dr. Kogan, psychiatrist and concert pianist, can deliver . . . Through a unique combination of brilliant psychiatric insights and superb musicianship, my musical colleague Richard Kogan presents a rich multidimensional profile revealing some of the most intimate sources of Robert Schumann’s enormous creativity, imagination and artistry.”

1:30–2:30 pm
Lunch Break
Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Initiative Quartet: Michael Alas, Laura Belland, Stefanie Gerstberger, Amy Kwon

2:30–3:30 pm
BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer
Brian Lobel
BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer is a collection of performances reflecting on a history of cancer and the patient experience. Brian Lobel is a New York–born, London-based performer who has presented his projects at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Edinburgh Science Festival, and the 92nd Street Y, among many other venues. Drawing from ten years of monologues and spoken-word performances, he brings a unique humor, candor, provocation, and tenderness to the reality of grappling with serious illness. His deft story telling and insightful reflections stemming from having been diagnosed in 2001 with testicular cancer have been hailed as brilliant and hilarious in performances throughout the world in a wide variety of medical, theatrical, and artistic arenas.

3:30–5:00 pm
Reading Bodies: Dance for PD® from Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group
David Leventhal, Pamela Quinn
Using Parkinson’s as a unifying theme, Pamela Quinn and David Leventhal address three facets of dance particularly relevant to the practice of compassionate, patient-centered care: how a medical story is told through the body; how dance analysis can provide a powerful model of observation and empathy; and how physical cues can be gathered and interpreted to reveal specific meanings. In a lively combination of film, demonstration, and conversation, this thought-provoking session by two of the country’s most passionate and knowledgeable ambassadors for the integration of dance into the everyday lives of persons with movement disorders will inspire anyone interested in leveraging the tools of artistry within a medical setting.

5:00–6:00 pm
Discussion Panel: Performing Medicine
Dr. Danielle Ofri, Lisa O’Sullivan, Dr. Dan Caplivski, Dr. Suzanne Garfinkle, Dr. Richard Kogan, Brian Lobel, David Leventhal, Pamela Quinn
Join writer and physician Dr. Danielle Ofri in conversation with today’s performers and NYAM’s Director of the Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health, Lisa O’Sullivan. Dr. Ofri is Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, author, and regular writer for the New York Times about medicine and the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Ofri will lead an exploration of the ways clinicians, patients, and artists use performance to enhance medical teaching and practice, support patients, and increase understanding of the experience of illness and disease.

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