Saturday May 22, 2021
2:10 PM (EDT)

Louise Giroux

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Tetiana Lazuk
Joanabbey Sack

Zuzana Sevcikova

Parkinson en mouvement

Imagine Art in Motion (in French)

Parkinson en mouvement participants at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Photo : Dominic Morissette
Since time immemorial, human beings have recognized themselves in artworks. This natural phenomenon is a starting point that offers advantages for the viewers to recreate themselves. For people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) coming to the museum as a social group and being accompanied by two complementary expertise resources—of a dance therapist and of an artist/museum mediator— provides all the elements needed for appropriation and artistic recreation. Using the body as a medium, participants living with PD are part of a process of transforming this experience into expressive choreographies. They are also seen by the public in a situation of creativity, exchange and joyful interaction. This presentation will highlight the benefits of an ongoing collaboration between the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Parkinson en mouvement, a non-profit organization which has developed dance-movement classes designed for people living with PD.

Louise Giroux began working in the Education Department of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1998 as a cultural mediator. Over the years, this experience convinced her that art is a powerful vector for social cohesion, a positive aspect which contributes to human development, a key element in wellbeing and has therapeutic effects. In 2012 she became an Educational Programs Officer and now coordinates programs for the wellbeing of students, community groups and marginalised populations.

Tetiana Lazuk, a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, is currently Scholar in Residence Dance/Movement Therapy at Concordia University. She worked as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in the Ukraine prior to coming to Canada.

Joanabbey Sack is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and a Registered Drama Therapist with extensive training in the social sciences, Laban Movement Analysis, theatre arts, dance and music.

Zuzana Sevcikova is a Board-certified Dance/Movement Therapist. She has a Physiotherapy degree from the Czech Republic, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in contemporary dance and a Master’s in Drama Therapy from Concordia University.