Thursday, April 18, 2024

Hellingly Asylum, in Hailsham, England, was built in 1903 and closed in 1994 — reflecting the mood of a Sept. 30 show at Oberon in Harvard Square called “Org: Asylum.” (Photo: James C. Farmer)

After a curated show of music, dance and film called “Murder Ballads” at Oberon in Harvard Square, no one expected a follow-up of sunlit meadows and fluffy bunnies. But Singer Mali, leader of the band Jaggery, has found a theme just as dark for a Sept. 30 follow-up: “Asylum.”

“‘Org: Asylum’ brings together artists and performers from diverse backgrounds and in diverse media to explore the issues of insanity and sanctuary,” she said, using the term for the curated shows more typically held at the South End artist-owned work-live space, Cloud Club. (There have been innumerable Orgs, but June’s “Murder Ballads” was the first held outside Cloud Club.)

This second Org includes a short film shot on location at a local abandoned state mental hospital, a body-painting storyteller sharing tales of art-making and suicidal ideation and much more, Singer Mali said, including an interpretation of Vaslav Nijinsky choreography done in the style of butoh — the frequently grotesque avant-garde dance originated in Japan.

So there will be nary a fluffy bunny in sight. If this kind of darkness is what gets you off — and Oberon, with weekly performances of “The Donkey Show” and such fare as “Naked Girls Reading” is certainly open to a vibe of decadence and perversity — you can find tickets here as well as at the show.

“Org: Asylum” is at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with seats going for $20 and admission for those who plan to stand costing $15. The show is 18-plus. Performers include Jaggery, Hello Dust (Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi), Jennifer Hicks, Ginger Ibex, Sarah Josselyn, Karen Montanaro, Bryan Papciak, Michael Pope and UnAmerika’s Sweetheart Karin Webb. More performers are being added. For information, click here.