Sainte-Gertrude

Dance workshop at Sainte-Gertrude residence

In the course of our artistic research, the work of ZOO has led us to develop pedagogical tools. Each meeting with a group (people in professional training, people with disabilities, people who simply like to dance or whose job it is), each meeting allows us to transmit, share and enrich our practice.

We pass on a material, and in the course of this transmission we see it changing, adapting, and taking on another meaning in contact with the other.

From this point of view, the project with the residents of Sainte-Gertrude is above all an encounter. An encounter with people who are mostly elderly, in loss of autonomy, sometimes suffering from dementia, no longer enjoying full mobility but attracted by the idea of dancing.

Once a month we meet around movement.Dance as a means of communication, as a social link: in its essence, its simplicity, it is what we have in common. A rocking, a touching, a desire to sway to the music, to feel yourself vibrate, palpitate, breathe.To ease, to lighten, to remove the mechanical stress gently. And to share the joy of seeing ourselves dance, of feeling alive.

Together we listen to each other, we build a sensitive language with and through movement, musicality accompanies us.

This project is led by Sarah Ludi and Samantha Van Wissen at ZOO.

Dancers Sarah Ludi, Samantha Van Wissen
with the support of Mathilde Lesage (Théâtre Les Tanneurs)
Coproduction Théâtre Les Tanneurs
Thanks CPAS Brussels and Résidence Sainte-Gertrude team

7 June 2022
24 May 2022
26 April 2022
7 March 2022
8 February 2022
18 January 2022
7 December 2021
9 November 2021
12 October 2021
14 September 2021

Sainte-Gertrude