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Revista Mal Estar e Subjetividade

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MOEHLECKE, Vilene  and  FONSECA, Tania Mara Galli. Workshops of contemporary dance: an invitation to reinvent practices. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj. [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.4, pp. 1547-1574. ISSN 1518-6148.

This paper discusses a CAPS intervention through a Workshop of Contemporary Dance. We discuss how the Psychiatric Reform proposed the transformation of modes of caring and new productions of health and citizenship. In CAPS, the Dance Workshop started four years ago. Little by little, a sense of groupality was being built in which the desire to dance is shared among its members. The group name was created: Contagion. Thus, we discuss the Workshop as an empowering resource for the autonomy and expression of the subjects in distress. We manufacture, therefore, a method that is produced in the Interstitial between technique and art, human and danced artifact. The process occurs in the encounter between the singularity and its collectivity. The Philosophy of the Difference, proposed by Deleuze and Guattari, stands as a theoretical tool for basing our practices, as well as the device concept proposed by Regina Benevides. In this way, the proposal is to think about the group and to analyze the effects of the dance experience. The workshop is presented as a practical device for reinventing mental health, while pointing out a clinic that opens to the production of difference. We understand that being in the group is not passive, because it opens up the subject and its body to new ways of acting. We can then track their changes and also share variations in group movement, which becomes more active and bold. There are perceived differences, ranging from the achievements in the very act of dancing, to the ties in the group that become closer and more welcoming. Besides, we see members producing new health movements. Therefore, the art acts through the clinic and invites the mental health worker and the patient-dancer to come out of their routine apathy and to release the body to unusual rhythms of desire.

Keywords : Group; device; contemporary dance workshop; mental health; psychiatric reform.

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