L I B R A Z
move express rise
a small-scale non profit organization that uses
dance movement therapy, somatic practices and art
to empower communities
that have endured traumatic experiences.
Providing dance movement therapy to individuals with less resources,
organizing therapeutic workshops to victims of domestic violence,
creating art-video performances with trauma survivors to share stories of injustice or abuse,
providing somatic trauma informed trainings to asylum seekers,
giving self esteem and embodiment sessions to female teenagers forced to prostitution,
denouncing sexist beliefs through empowering workshops…
We believe in the POWER of
motion, art and the body
to foster resilience and bring change.
From Ashes to Life
Art & Video creation about recovering from sexual abuse
In the context of the 10th Exhibition of IPSY – Intercultural Psychiatry “Art for Heroes”, Marsuwa Selibere (artistic name of the participants who wants to remain anonymous) and LIBRAZ created an art-video story. “From Ashes to life” is the journey of how somebody recovered from sexual abuse.
LIBRAZ collaborated in the ideation and development of the project The material, all the paintings, poems, edited images and the concept was created by Marsuwa Selibere during the dance movement therapy and art therapy sessions. This piece was shown in ROZET Cultural Center in Arnhem during the Autumn of 2018.
Therapeutic dance for teens involved in loverboy problem
During the Summerschool of Fier NonProfit Foundation, Libraz travelled to Leeuwarden and Rotterdam to give two embodiment, dance and self estem workshops to teenagers from 12 to 17. Fier Foundation provides assistance to children and young people who have been confronted with violence and abuse in the family, been involved in the loverboy problem or honor disputes in the family context.
Our focus was to foster the self confidence and their ability to feel strong and experience joy through the means of dance and groupal somatic exercises. Grounding, group cohesion and emotion regulation were also important aspects during the training.
Art and movement workshops for syrian refugees in Istanbul
LIBRAZ traveled to Istanbul to research possibilities for developing a project with the Syrian displaced communities living in the neighbourhood of Esenyurt in Istanbul. We discussed with different NGOs in the city and several grassroots initiatives. We developed two projects focused on psychoeducation of trauma, arts and embodiment with women and children and we received very positive feedbacks from the participants.
We also researched the possibility of developing a longer-term project in the schools in the border with Syria in Diyarbakir area, however, bureaucratic difficulties with the Turkish system forced us to cancel the continuation of the project.
Hands in movement
Dance creation with women involved in domestic violence
In “Shadows to dance”, the 9th Exhibition of Ipsy – Intercultural Psychiatry, LIBRAZ and four other participants created “Hands in movement” short dance videos using exclusively the hands, music and the background they would choose. Most of the participants were females involved in domestic violence.
To ensure their anonimity we chose not expose their whole body or face in the videos and just use their hands, providing this way framework where they would feel safer. Being able to express with their own hands what they were feeling, what they did not want, what they did want enables them with new skills for self-inquiry and self-care.
Caminho & 7 Senses of Movements
Dance and art creation based in life experiences
LIBRAZ collaborated in the creation of “Caminho” and “Seven Senses of Movement”, an art video project and a performance based on life experiences of two women (full anonimity about their background is needed). In the creative process we used life experiences, trauma related memories and paintings, movements, gestures and words chosen by the participants. The whole process was a co creation between LIBRAZ and them.
In “Caminho”, the participant had the opportunity to reflect about her life phases and express it in an artistic way, reframing how the difficult obstacles in her life were part of her and her development.
In “Seven senses of Movement”, the participant explored a new way to show her inner world and struggles, by choosing different gestures and movement that would symbolize part of that chaos. These pieces were shown in the 8th Exhibition of Ipsy, “Geheimen des levens” in the Oranjekerk, Amsterdam.
Performance based on experiences of physical abuse
“Implosion” was created using movement material gathered in the projects Syriame and Flamencame, together with personal experiences of physical and psychological abuse.
How we can become our enemies, how we can drown ourselves into accepting destructive, degrading and limiting behaviours of others around us. And how we can through self care and self love manage to step out and set boundaries, learning to treat ourselves differently.
This performance has been accompanied by the violinist player, Dolan Jones, and shown in a Social Center in Amsterdam; and with the Flamenco guitarist Luqas Bonewitz in the Festival “Mag het Licht Aan” also in Amsterdam.
Flamenco and assertiveness for women and children
that endured domestic violence living in a shelter
LIBRAZ developed the first pilot project in the Netherlands in a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence, run by a recognized foundation in Amsterdam, Blijf Groep. A total of five sessions for women, and two sessions for mothers and children were organised, leading to the participation of 12 women and 6 children.
Flamenco dance basic movements, emotion regulation skills, trauma psychoeducation and assertiveness techniques were used as a framework and combined with dance movement therapy to help participants: Release disturbing feelings related to their past episodes of violence, start to improve their self-image, literally help them to say NO and YES and strengthen their beliefs of capability.
Dance & Help Formula
Half of the benefits of our workshops supports LIBRAZ
The dance lessons given in Amsterdam along two years helped to finance the official creation of LIBRAZ as a non profit organization. Half of the money that the participants paid for the lessons, workshops and masterclasses, served for the formal establishment of the organization.
Currently, we continue using this concept in our workshops. This way the general mainstream public can support social projects with more disadvantaged populations and be part of LIBRAZ. Moreover, as we are basically run by volunteers, this enables us to be independent covering the regular costs without having to be dependent of donations or bigger charities.
Mothers in touch
Fostering the connection between mother and infants of Romani immigrants
In a suburb of Barcelona, thanks to the help of a neighborhood initiative to integrate Roma communities, seven mothers and their kids participated in the workshop of embodiment and mother-infat connection. We worked on attunement, bonding and self care interventions.
We underlined the need to get in contact with their children in a more embodied way, not only providing them with the basic needs of food and security, but also real attention and emotional support. For example we sang, dance and hold the kids while looking each other in the eyes.
Art and dance for orphan children living in Yerevan
In Zatik Orphanage in Erevan, I helped organizing a groupal artistic performance together with the kids. During one month we worked towards a final show, mixing elements from Armenian and flamenco dances, popular songs and expressive gymnastics. This was one of my first collaborations, I was just 19! much before I was graduated as a Dance Movement Therapist.
This experience served me to realise how powerful art and expression can be for children in disadvantaged situations and how working together towards a group creation in a flexible creative process can be a very powerful tool for feeling connected and supported.
who is behind LIBRAZ ?
My name is Maria Munain Moral and I work as a dance movement therapist in an Intercultural Mental Health center in Amsterdam.
Since I am 19 I have tried to incorporate dance and expression into different aspects of my life, for myself and for others. My dream was to create an NGO where dance and expression would be the main pillars.
Finally, in April 2015 with the help of Virginia, Olesia, Esther and Aldo we established LIBRAZ, a non profit organization legally registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
We are a small scale organization, in direct contact with the individuals, mainly doing projects on a voluntary base and in collaboration with other organizations.
We are always searching for new collaborations, new members for the team, in The Netherlands, Spain or other countries. Write us!
Thank you very much to every single person and organizations that have supported us until now!
Coming to the workshops to help finance the projects, providing the space or supporting and facilitating in other ways:
Estrella M. (Spain)
Flor M. (USA)
Paulina P. (Poland)
Valeria V. (Netherlands)
Blanca M. (Spain)
María S. (Spain)
Sarah B. (France)
Pauline J. (Germany)
Ellen J. (Netherlands)
Bérengère F. (France)
Rosa B. (Netherlands)
Anna E. (Poland)
Mariza V. (Philippines)
Berta C. (Spain)
Nandini C. (India)
Roser F. (Spain)
Annemarie V. R (Netherlands)
Olesia S. (Russia)
Virginia G. (Spain)
Esther B. (Netherlands)
Ana M. (Spain)
Ane M. (Spain)
Leticia S. (Spain)
Diana C. (Switzerland)
Bernarda P. (Ecuador)
Aldo V. (Netherlands)
Suzanne D. (Iran / UK)
Martine V.A. (Netherlands)
Anouk V. N. (Netherlands)
Maitane A. (Vitoria-Gasteiz)
Aitor V. (Vitoria-Gasteiz)
Bruno I. (Vitoria-Gasteiz)
Gabriela c. (Vitoria-Gasteiz)
Aloixe F. (Vitoria-Gasteiz)
Leire F. (Vitoria-Gasteiz)
Ainoa A. (Vitoria-Gasteiz)
Estíbaliz A. (Vitoria-Gasteiz)
Registered as a Non Profit Foundation in the Chamber of Commerce (KVK) of Amsterdam, The Netherlands with number 63226391.
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Designated as a Public Benefit Organization, ANBI (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling). You can check the status here: