INDIGO : Contemporary dance workshops in psychiatric hospitals

Photo by Dimitrios Tsiapkinis


Indigo is a cultural project aiming for artistic education and more specifically on teaching contemporary dance in the psychiatric context.

The focus of this pedagogy is to question the status of the body-subject / sensitive body in the psychiatric hospital and its connections to the outside world. What’s the relevance of an expressivity project in the psychiatric context? Dimitri Tsiapkinis fulfilled a university research project (Master 2) that questions the relevance of this workshop; It is freely accessible (French language only) on the website of the UFP:

Today, this pedagogical adventure is part of the global project Newtopia and concerns persons under medical treatment in the psychiatric complex of CHRU of Tours. These patients are designated by the medical team, but most of them participate by their own motivation. This workshop also concerns a part of the healthcare team who is involved with passion in this creative adventure for many years, professional and amateur dancers and other artists who have expressed a desire to practice their art in that context. A solidary action gathering diverse media of expression and creativity to stimulate authenticity, social involvement and citizenship, while regenerating self confidence for its participants.

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