Since I am 19, I volunteer with diverse social and art projects, mainly focused on the wellbeing of children and women. In 2015 with the help of three other women we oficially founded LIBRAZ:
SHARING THE BENEFITS OF DANCE, MOVEMENT AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
LIBRAZ is a small-scale non profit foundation that uses dance, movement and art in its various forms in different contexts:
From developing therapeutic workshops for individuals that suffered traumatic experiences (like victims of war, sexual/domestic abuse), to creating together with vulnerable populations artistic projects, to bringing the stories of these individuals to performance.
We believe in the strength of movement and the body to foster resilience in individuals. We value art, dance and creative expressions of the self as motors of change, awareness and integration.
It is completely VOLUNTARY BASED.
The following are some projects until now:
2018 – FROM ASHES TO LIFE
In the context of the 10th Exhibition of IPSY – Intercultural Psychiatry “Art for Heroes”, Marsuwa Selibere (artistic name) and LIBRAZ created an art-video story. “From Ashes to life” is the journey of how somebody recovered from sexual abuse.
LIBRAZ collaborated in the production and editing of the video. The material, all the paintings, poem, edited images and the concept was created by Marsuwa Selibere during the dance movement therapy and art therapy sessions in IPSY. This piece was shown in ROZET Cultural Centre in Arnhem during the Autumn of 2018.
2017 – HANDS IN MOVEMENT
In “Shadows to dance”, the 9th Exhibition of Ipsy – Intercultural Psychiatry, LIBRAZ and 4 other participants created “Hands in movement” short dance videos using exclusively the hands , music and the background they would choose. Not exposing their whole body created safety and ensured the anonimity of participants.
2016 – CAMINHADA & 7 SENSES OF MOVEMENT
Together with the arts therapy department in ipsy, LIBRAZ was part of the development and organization of the 8th Exhibition of Ipsy, “Geheimend des levens” in the Oranjekerk, Amsterdam.
LIBRAZ collaborated in the creation of “Caminho”, an art movement video project and “7 senses of movement” a dance art performance project. In the creative process we used life experiences, paintings, movements and words of two participants of the dance movement therapy sessions.
Art and movement workshops for women and children refugees of the Syrian Civil War living in a neighbourhood in Istanbul, Turkey.
In March 2015, LIBRAZ travelled to Istanbul to research possibilities for developing a project with the Syrian communities. Two pilots, both with women and children were executed with positive feddback. We researched the possibility to collaborate with schools on the Syrian border but the gubernamental limitations prevent us from continuing.
2015 – FIER GIRLS
Dance Therapy for young teens involved in the “loverboys” problematic in Leeuwaarden and Rotterdam, NL
During the Summerschool 2015 of Fier Foundation, I gave two dance and expression workshops to teenagers from 12 to 17. Fier provides assistance to children and young people who have been confronted by violence and abuse in the context of relationship, lover boy problem, honour disputes…
2014 – FLAMENCAME
Flamenco and self confidence workshops for women and children who experienced domestic violence in Amsterdam, NL
Developed the first pilot project in the Netherlands in March and May of 2014, at a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence, run by a recognized foundation in Amsterdam, Blijf Groep. A total of five sessions for women, and two sessions for mothers and children were organised, leading to the participation of 12 women and 6 children.
Flamenco dance techniques were used as a framework and combined with dance movement therapy methods to help participants: release disturbing feelings and foster emotional-regulation, improve their self-image and self-esteem, strengthen beliefs and feelings of capability, and promote self-efficacy and motivation.
2013/2014 – DANCE & HELP formula
Dance lessons where half of the money supported social projects, Amsterdam, NL
During two years I gave dance lessons of flamenco oriental in Amsterdam, and half of the money gathered from the participants was used to create LIBRAZ.
2012 – PALMERA LADIES
Choreographic creation with women +65 from Casal La Palmera, Barcelona, Spain.
Using the input self created movements of the women of La Palmera, we designed a touching dance performance presented for the neighbourhood. One part included a Marian Chace circle where each of the women improvised and expressed something unique and the rest of the participants would follow, changing leading. Their enthousiasm and commitmment was remarkable.
2010 – ROMANI MOTHERS IS MOVEMENT
Movement workshop to foster the connection between mother and infant, Badalona, Spain.
In a suburb of Barcelona, thanks to the help of a neighbourhood initiative, seven mother and their kids gathered with me in the workshop and we worked on attunement, mother and child bonding and self care interventions.
2008 – ARMENIAN KIDS
Aesthetic education of children that had lost one or both parents in Erevan, Armenia
At the Zatik Orphanage, we organized a groupal artistic creation. A performance mixing elements from armenian and flamenco dances, popular songs and expressive gymnastics.
The objectives of the project were the aesthetic education of 50-60 children; promote creativity through work groups where they could improve their English skills, draw, dance or sing; and organize sports and games according to the capabilities and age of the orphans.