2016- GEHEIMEN DES LEVENS
Arts Therapies Exhibition with artists from Ipsy – Intercultural Psychiatry, Amsterdam, NL
Together with the arts therapy department in ipsy I was part of the development and organization of the 8th Exhibition of Ipsy, in the Oranjekerk, Amsterdam. This years theme was Geheimen des levens, Secrets of live.
Women and children from the Syrian Civil War living in a refugee neighbourhood in Istanbul, Turkey.
According to UNHCR, the number of refugees and asylum-seekers in Turkey in 2015 is expected to rise to nearly 1.9 million, including 1.7 million Syrian refugees. These individuals have all survived traumatic experiences, and some suffer from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
In March 2015, I travelled to Istanbul to research possibilities for developing a project with the Syrian communities. In the end, two pilots, both with women and children were executed. We are currently researching the possibility to collaborate with schools on the Syrian border for 2016.
2015 – FIER GIRLS
Dance Therapy for young teens involved in the “loverboys” problematic in Leeuwaarden and Rotterdam, NL
I participated in the summerschool of Fier foundation, providing different workshops of dance therapy. Fier provides assistance to children and young people who have been confronted by violence in the context of relationship. During the Summerschool 2015 I gave two dance workshops to teenagers from 12 to 17.
2014 – FLAMENCAME
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
2012 – PALMERA LADIES
Choreographic creation with women +65 from Casal La Palmera, Barcelona, Spain.
Using the own imput and movements of the women, we created a dance performance. One part included a Marian Chace circle where each of the women improvised and expressed something unique and the rest would follow.
2010 – ROMANI MOTHERS IS MOVEMENT
Movement workshop to foster the connection between mother and infant, Badalona, Spain.
2008 – ARMENIAN KIDS
Aesthetic education of children that had lost one or both parents in Erevan, Armenia
At the Zatik Orphanage, we organized a group creation, divided by countries. In the Spanish group we created 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.