Family dance was birthed in Barcelona under the initiative of Juan Eduardo Lopez. He invited Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon from the Geneva based dance and performing arts company Compagnie 7273 to lead a workshop, which would bring together parents and children from 4 to 12 years. Enthusiastic about this experience, the two choreographers wanted to establish the same project for a Francophone public in the territory of the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland and in collaboration with the pedagogical network Danse Plus of the Cultural Service of the district of Lancy.
The objective of this project is to propose a moment of interaction between professionals, parents and children, in the field of dance. The workshop’s intention is to bring together children and their own parents within the frame of the same discipline; an experience, which allows, members of the same family, in a stress free environment, to explore particular and privileged links, thanks to the movement.
To touch, to carry, to embrace, in an artistic framework under the guidance of a professional dancer, open so many possibilities to create new bonds and to strengthen existing links between a child and his/her mother or father. It is thus these moments of exchange, of listening, of the discovery of the each other, which the body will carry in its memory.
The workshops, which last for 1h½ to 2 hours maximum including a little snack intermission for the children, take place in a friendly atmosphere. The idea is to combine an activity in a group which also allows each parent to interact with his/her own child very individually in a group of fifty persons in total (25 adults/ 25 children) in order to reinforce the privileged one-on-one, parent-child relation of the nuclear family.
The participants should dress as for a sport or leisure activity (jogging pants, t-shirt, socks for the feet). Each parent would, moreover, bring a drink, biscuits, chocolate, fruits etc… and a drink for the snack break.
Family dance is meant to be a delicate educational and intergenerational experience through dance.
Nicolas Cantillon is born in 1972 in Melun and Laurence Yadi in 1973 in Argentueil in France. They share their live and their professional activity between Switzerland and France. Following an experience as singer and guitarist of the rock band Cryse 17, Nicolas Cantillon starts his training as classical dancer at the Marius Petitpa Academy in 1989. Laurence Yadi finishes her sport studies in Paris in 1991. Two years later, she receives a scholarship to train at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York. At the end of their respective professional studies, both of them multiply their collaborations either as dancers or as chorographical assistants, sometimes within the same organizations, such as the Balet J.Arts in Paris, the company Alias in Geneva, or with Gisela Rocha or Rui Horta.