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Marc & Rosan explain Dance for Health Research Lab

The experience of dancer Sophia

The experience of Monica Gilette

Research lab, fase 1

Following the first phase of research that took place in August, Danielle Teale wrote an analysis and reflection on the process for her blog. In her own words below:

In august 2017 I was invited to be involved in a movement enquiry with collaborators from dance for health Rotterdam. This post will account the content and thoughts that evolved from this two day exploration process with Itamar Serussi, Marc Vlemmix, Rosan Chinnoe, Sara Houston and Nicole Rust (Scapino Ballet). The movement content explored in the two day lab was directed by choreographer Itamar Serussi with methods and tools derived from his making process. Itamar has been working with dancer Marc Vlemmix for a period of around 6 months on and off, and Marc is interested to explore how this process which is collaborative between the two, is having an impact on his movement possibilities as a person with Parkinson’s.

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Outburst

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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