Interview with Aurélia Sellier, Founder and President of „The What Dance Can Do Project“ in September 2020.
I just wanted to give you a quick update for 2021 as COVID did not totally stop this non-profit organization although some projects obviously had to be put on hold. New activities happened last year in New Zealand (primary school), Morocco (orphanage), Paris (hospital Necker and young migrants). This year THE WHAT DANCE CAN DO PROJECT started weekly ballet classes for underprivileged children in Tunis Tunisia. Also they will launch in June a partnership with a new hospital in Paris, George Pompidou. In Fall Aurélia Sellier hopes to be able to resume her work with Kinderspital in Zurich, a hospital in Bruxelles and hopefully start projects in the UK, perhaps with the Royal Ballet in London. This organization was recognized of public interest in Switzerland (all donations are deductible) and now is in the process of registering in France and New Zealand.
Interview with Aurélia Sellier, Founder and President of „The What Dance Can Do Project“.
Tell me about „The What Dance Can Do Project“.
We fund dance programs and events for children and young adults made vulnerable by illness, poverty or exile. We also aim to celebrate the power of dance by sharing the stories of dancers, and encourage the work of people who use their art to make the world a better place.
I founded this international Switzerland-based non-profit organization in 2018. It’s run by a team of volunteers, based in Zurich, Paris, Brussels and Wellington. Our first destination was the township of Gugulethu near Cape Town, where we collected stories of the teacher, dancer and social entrepreneur Theo NDindwa and his students and made photographs. Photography is an important medium for us, and we had our work, text by me and images by the photographer Selina Meier exhibited in Copenhagen thanks to The Royal Danish Ballet.