Teachers, people Parkinson artists and citizens practice dance and philosophy together, in those places dedicated to beauty (like theaters, museums or parks) to give voice to unusual research communities.
Dance Well is an artistic practice mainly aimed to people with Parkinson’s disease, conceived and promoted by CSC Casa della Danza di Bassano del Grappa. Activated in 2013 and based on practices already developed in Netherlands, this initiative arrived in Bassano in 2015, defining here its own identity; unlike other existing practices, the main goal of Dance Well is art through the expression of body. The participants are regarded as “dancers”, and just as them – not as “people with Parkinson’s” – they deal with the classes.
Classes are free and open to everyone – families, friends, dancers, seniors, citizens, students – in a truly inclusive moment, since the “mixed class” allows a collective growth to develop, as well mutual support, not marginalizing anyone. Since 2018, Lavanderia a Vapore has welcomed this exciting project with the collaboration and support of the Associazione Italiana Giovani Parkinsoniani and Fondazione Torino Musei. It contributes to the growth of the artistic experience by making it follow with a philosophy practice, led by Propositi di Filosofia. A moment dedicated to dialogue, thanks to the discussion on the issues generated by the contemporary dance practice.
Thus, an unusual research community finds room in Lavanderia a Vapore, accompanied by artists and philosophers, who share a space and time to dialogue together, focusing on some hot topics. A path that develops and builds over time through mutual commitment and collaboration. In this sense, it represents an indispensable condition for the development of a critical, autonomous, creative and collaborative thinking and for the development of a reflective potential. Inside the research community are respected and favoured different points of view in order to co-create contents.
The mentors of Dance Well project in Lavanderia a Vapore are Elena Cavallo, Lucia Guarino and Emanuele Enria, with the partecipation of Gaia Giovine Proietti (“Insieme di Pratiche Filosoficamente Autonome”, association which – together with Propositi di Filosofia – promotes research, training and reflection in a huge variety of contexts).