8 months
Rêvanous housing

The project

Between 2016 and 2017, the choreographers and performers Anne-Flore de Rochambeau and Keven Lee moved to Rêvanous, an organization that offers a range of services and activities aimed at the autonomy and social inclusion of people living with a mental disability. Les Habitations Rêvanous creates a mixed context with people aged 55 and over or with a functional limitation. This project allowed the dancers to develop a climate of trust with the participants. It was about demystifying dance, getting them to develop their own vocabulary of movements, giving them a different vision of their body and of dance as a mean of escape and play.

During the 32 workshops, the participants developed a greater ability for abstraction by moving away from mimicry and instead creating expressive and sensitive movements. This progression, as well as the installation of a climate of trust with the artists, offered the participants a space of creativity and appreciation to develop their self-esteem.

The project ended with a final workshop open to other residents, rather than with a performance as it was initially planned, in order to focus on the learning process and the qualitative development of the project.

Collaborating artists

This capsule was produced as part of the cultural mediation project “Enter the dance” to the Habitations Rêvanous. 

Video: © Julien Tourigny-Gagnon

This project was generously supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communications and from the City of Montreal as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.