During the ACHIM workshops, leaders observed the residents’ attention and sensitivity to the movements. Even though it was difficult for some of them to exchange within the context of a workshop and to stay attentive, their appreciation of the short choreographies presented was palpable. As certain individuals in the group have reduced mobility, it’s difficult for them to attend a dance event in a performance venue. We’ve developed a new solution adapted to this audience: skip the workshop to instead perform the complete presentation of a choreography, followed by a discussion with the artists.
In 2014, the Quartiers Danses Festival thus organized several shows in health establishments around the South-West borough of Montreal:
~ Tout ça pour dix minutes en septembre – Centre d’hébergement Manoir-de-Verdun: In this piece, actress and comedian Johanne Marie Tremblay explored her strengths and constraints through the medium of dance.
~ Incognita: The duo – CHSLD Réal-Morel: Jean-Benoit Labrecque-Gilbert and Margaux Chenevert presented Incognita: The duo by Élizabeth Suich at the CHSLD Réal-Morel. This sensitive and vulnerable duo showed the experience of the body and its memory, at the border between two universes: Latin dance and contemporary language.
People who are full of life! It was a true pleasure to perform and inform these magnificent people. Until next time!” Jean-Benoît Labrecque, dancer
~ Portrait of the Artist As… (P.O.T.A.A.) – Douglas University Mental Health Institute: Angélique Wilkie presented P.O.T.A.A. at the Douglas Institute. Seated at a small table in the semi-darkness, a woman prepares herself. On top, glamour, feathers, glitter… On the bottom, camouflage pants, for war. A true cry of resistance. P.O.T.A.A. is a piece on the contradictions in all of us, around us, in others.