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BrainDance (ext)


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BrainDance is unique in its focus on dance in neurological movement disorders beyond its application as a therapeutic measure. The project is a scientific-artistic cooperation, in which the research will take the foreground.  A multifaceted system of research is built into a four track approach of exploration:

The two choreographers Monica Gillette and Mia Habib are offering a twice a week workshop over eight weeks. The workshop brings together the two choreographers with their exceptional demands in body control and physical research with people with Parkinson’s for whom movement is equally challenging – albeit for completely other reasons. The classes begin with familiar exercises used in dance classes and expand into offering other physical entries for movement discovery taken from tools they use in their choreographic process. This workshop is open to people with Parkinson’s, as well as the other participants of the project.

Artistic leadership: Monica Gillette, Mia Haugland Habib
Project management and dramaturgy: Josef  Mackert
Scientistic leadership: Dr. Oliver Müller
Science communicator and University coordinator: Dr. Gunnar Grah
Documentation: Jannika Erdmann

With a special thank you to the Museum für Neue Kunst and to Dance Emotion for providing the facilities and for the great openness and flexibility which they have given us, as well as to the University of Freiburg for the very unique exchange and financial enablement of the project.