This project is a documentary series about dancers who struggle with their mental health. We want to talk with you about your experiences and how you use dance to cope, heal, express, escape, etc. We will ask each dancer chosen to choreograph a piece in a style that expresses in one way or another your relationship with your mental health. We will also be having discussions about mental health/illness, and we hope you will feel comfortable sharing your experiences with us.
The mission of this project is to capture each individuals’ experience through dance and conversation in order to demonstrate how dance can be used to help those with mental illness and how it already has helped many people who are struggling. If you’re interested in participating in this project, please fill out the submission form below and attach a video that represents your dance style and passion.
I have been a dancer most of my life and I also suffer from depression and anxiety. Since my early 20’s, mental health has very much shaped the way I live my life and how I decide who to surround myself with. I think it is so important for people living with mental illness to have an outlet to cope with and heal from our traumas. I am hoping with this documentary series to explore the outlet of dance and what it means to those of us who struggle. — Emilie Fattore, project lead