Category: Personal

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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Scores, Marjan Sijbrandij

Scores, José van Berkel

Scores, Monique van Leeuwen

Scores, Martin Giling

Why Dance matters? My personal Experience.

Since my first dance class after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (2010), I just know that Dance matters. Only one hour of dancing completely changed the way I experienced my own body. Since then, I have continued dancing almost every day. Every morning dancing in my living room became a new ritual to start the day. Exploring my body in my own safe comfort zone. And sharing the joy of dancing with likeminded people while dancing in Class every week.

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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.