MARGUERITE ET SES MOMENTS DE LUCIDITÉ
MARGUERITE & HER LUCID MOMENTS
Discovered in 1906 by the neurologist Alois Alzheimer, Alzheimer's disease is a "neuro-degenerative" brain disorder, that causes a gradual and slow disappearance of neurons. To this day, it remains incurable. Alzheimer's disease and related diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), represent the most serious health problem of the 21st century. In Canada, it is estimated that 747.000 people are suffering from this disease, they will be 1.4 million within 15 years. Women account for 72% of those affected. The cost of cognitive illnesses for the Canadian economy is 33 billion per year. By 2040, this cost will skyrocket to reach 293 billion million per year.
Marguerite is living with Alzheimer's disease. Like a queen, she is dressed and pampered to live her day. Her grand son, an ethnomusicologist, visits her regularly. Returning from a field trip in Ghana, he makes his grand-mother listen to the Kete rhythm. To his surprise, she remembers glimpses of the dance. Indeed, Marguerite has worked as a nurse in Ghana, in the 1950s, where she was invited by the king of the Asante people. The Kete music opens a door to her past. Through it, we discover important parts of her life.
Eric Baffour Awuah &
Emmanuel Cudjoe (Performing Arts - Ghana University)
Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec
Conseil des Arts de Longueuil
THE CREATION WORKSHOPS
Lead by the artist and dance-therapist Carol Jones, Marguerite and her lucid moments invites people dealing with neuro-degenerative disease and cognitive impairments (or at risk of) such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases to live expression workshops. Participants can explore dance using music, images, objects, words, sounds, etc., illustrating and/or interpreting moments of yesterday's & today's life. Marguerite and her lucid moments assembles a group of intergenerational artistic helpers. Young and old are grafted to the project to bring pulse and energy to these afflicted persons. In 2019, in collaboration with the teacher Caroline Lachance, some high school students, from the Antoine-Brossard school, lived the project.
Ministère de l'Éducation et de
Bureau de la Culture
Maison des Tournesols
LINKED TO COGNI-DANCE & MOVEMENT
Pierrette Coulombe-Jones, 1923 -
MARGUERITE AND HER LUCID MOMENTS
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