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LIBRAZ is a small-scale non profit organization that uses
dance, movement and art to empower communities.
For example by:
organizing therapeutic flamenco dance workshops to victims of domestic violence,
creating art-video performances to share stories of injustice or abuse,
providing breathing and active mindfulness by dancing to asylum seekers from AFRICA,
giving dance and self esteem sessions to female teenagers abused by the loverboy phenomenon,
denouncing sexist and “machist” beliefs through empowering workshops
We believe in the strength of
motion, art and the body
to foster resilience and bring change.
more info coming soon…
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) 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 production, development and editing of the project. The material, all the paintings, poem, edited images and the concept was created by Marsuwa Selibere during the dance movement therapy and art therapy sessions in IPSY. This piece was shown in ROZET Cultural Center in Arnhem during the Autumn of 2018.
HANDS IN MOVEMENT, Dance creation in a therapeutic context
In “Shadows to dance”, the 9th Exhibition of Ipsy – Intercultural Psychiatry, LIBRAZ and 4 other participants created “Hands in movement” short dance videos using exclusively the hands , music and the background they would choose. Not exposing their whole body created safety and ensured the anonymity of participants.
CAMINHADA & 7 SENSES OF MOVEMENT, Dance and art creation in a therapeutic context
Together with the arts therapy department in ipsy, LIBRAZ was part of the development and organization of the 8th Exhibition of Ipsy, “Geheimen des levens” in the Oranjekerk, Amsterdam.
LIBRAZ collaborated in the creation of “Caminho”, an art movement video project and “7 senses of movement” a dance art performance project. In the creative process we used life experiences, paintings, movements and words of two participants of the dance movement therapy sessions.
IMPLOSION, Dance & music performance
Implosion” was created using personal material from the sessions and the experiences of the women from the projects Syriame and Flamencame, together with personal experiences.
The short piece was accompanied by a Violinist player, Dolan Jones, and shown in Antarctica Social Center, Amsterdam; and with a Flamenco guitarist Luqas Bonewitz in the Festival “Mag het Licht Aan” in 2016.
SYRIAME, Art and movement workshops for refugees in Istanbul
In March 2015, LIBRAZ traveled to Istanbul to research possibilities for developing a project with the Syrian communities. We discussed with different NGOs in the city. Two pilots, both with women and children were executed with positive feedback. We also researched the possibility to collaborate with schools on the Syrian border but the government limitations prevent us from continuing with the projects.
FIER GIRLS, therapeutic dance for teens involved in loverboys problem
During the Summerschool 2015 of Fier Foundation, I gave two dance and expression workshops to teenagers from 12 to 17. Fier provides assistance to children and young people who have been confronted by violence and abuse in the context of relationship, lover boy problem, honor disputes…
FLAMENCAME , Flamenco and self confidence against domestic violence
LIBRAZ, Developed the first pilot project in the Netherlands in March and May of 2014, at 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 techniques were used as a framework and combined with dance movement therapy methods to help participants: release disturbing feelings and foster emotional-regulation, improve their self-image and self-esteem, strengthen beliefs and feelings of capability, and promote self-efficacy and motivation.
2013 / 2014
DANCE & HELP FORMULA, half of the money used to support the projects
During two years the dance lessons in Amsterdam helped to finance the official creation of LIBRAZ as a non profit organization. Half of the money that the participants were paying for the lessons, it would be saved to
MOTHERS IN MOVEMENT, fostering the connection between mother and infant
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. We worked on attunement, mother and child bonding and self care interventions.
ARMENIAN KIDS, art and dance for orphan children
In Zatik Orphanage in Erevan, we organized a group artistic performance. During one month and a half we worked towards a final show, mixing elements from Armenian and flamenco dances, popular songs and expressive gymnastics.
The objectives of the project were the aesthetic education of 50-60 children; promote creativity through work groups where they could improve their English skills, draw, dance or sing; and organize sports and games according to the capabilities and age of the orphans.
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.
Right now searching for new collaborations, new members for the team, in The Netherlands 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. (The Netherlands)
Yvet (The Netherlands)
Blanca M. (Spain)
María S. (Spain)
Sarah B. (France)
Pauline J. (Germany)
Ellen J. (The Netherlands)
Bérengère F. (France)
Rosa B. (The Netherlands)
Anna P. (Polland)
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)
Non profit organization (Stichting) with ANBI status based in Amsterdam.
Registered in the Chamber of Commerce (KVK) with number 63226391.