Category: Fase 2

Monica Gilette about Scores

“I must tell you that my body is curious about everything and I: I am body.”
–Emio Greco

I came across this quote in 2006 and have held onto it like a compass for when I am lost in existential questions. It reminds me to not forget my body when confronted by topics I don’t understand. It captures the engine I feel in me when I dance in the studio and it captures the essence of what I want to ignite in others when I teach.

This type of physical curiosity drove our work when we gathered in Rotterdam at Dance for Health in March 2018. For this meetings of experts, we had two aims: to further experiment with a variety of approaches to dancing with movement disorders and to cultivate a reflection process that could capture the knowledge and impact as we uncovered it. We were a mixed group with a range of backgrounds. Some were dealing with movement disorders. Some not. Some had decades of dance experiences. Some none. But all of us possessed an expertise developed either through training and profession or via the first-hand experience of dealing with a movement disorder. Dance was our platform for questioning and experimentation and the studio was our space for research. We were all the subjects of our own research.

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Fase 2, Day 2 – March 3 2018

The second day Danielle started us of with a dance session consisting of five short exercises that where dealing with ‘cues’, one of the themes during the research. In the exercises the cues we introduced but not given by Danielle, everyone could internally cue themselves.

During our warming up we got instructions to focus on tension within our body, exaggerate that tension and then release. These would also be our cues during the dancing that followed. Added was also the cue ‘spiraling’. At the end of the exercise everyone was crisscrossing through the room and moving wildly.

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The experience of Sara Houston

The experience of Kiki Gale

Marc & Rosan explain Dance for Health Research Lab

The experience of dancer Sophia

The experience of Monica Gilette


Jumped out of my skin, yesterday,
couldn’t stop dancing.
The elasticity of my universe,
my space
gave way to endless new possibilities
in infinite combinations.
The elasticity of my brain
that I am trying to rebuild
reshapes into a dance
I may share with friends.
Both outside and inside myself.
The starting point,
being the pain of a parky,
is a rare gift,
an oportunity
to broaden my horizons.
I’d like to listen
To that deep voice from within
That tells me I can move mountains.
I’d like to move with them.
Thank you for being there with me.

A poem written by dancer Martin Giling based on the scores used on day 2.

Research lab fase 2, Day 1 – March 2 2018

We started the weekend with a dance session led by Itamar. Although we were here with new and more people then in last November, we picked up where we left off: at the metronome.

But first warming up ofcourse. We started on the ground, relaxing, becoming aware of our bodies and stretching until we were ready to get up and dance. In a matter of minutes Itamar had us moving all our body parts, in all directions, preferably at the same time. By putting attention to all the different body parts one at a time, starting with the toes and feet and ending with the head, chin and eyes, he gave us a set of tools to work with. A little later we got some more tools: ‘pause’ where we could choose to pause for a few seconds and then start moving a different body part, ‘explode’ where we could move one body part very quickly and ‘moving through the space’ instead of staying at one spot. Suddenly the room seems to be filled with those wacky inflatable tube men.

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