From Pause to Play

Understanding the Value of Best Practices in Encouraging Empowerment, Stress-Release and Trust Building among Asylum Seekers

21Nov2018 19:00 - 21:00


This lecture and workshop will present the best practices stemming from understanding how asylum seekers deal with uncertainty and passivity while waiting for the outcomes of their International Protection Procedures and feeling their life is being “paused”.

The NGO, Institute for African Studies in an Asylum Home Ljubljana, sought ways to engage asylum seekers, and as a project coordinator, Alhadi explored and developed a series of practices using concrete dance and movement methods with asylum seekers which stimulates them to express their own narratives.

The methods provide safe and neutral spaces and encourage engagement towards self-actualization, self-expression and self-confidence which are necessary for them to deal with uncertain situations and traumatic experiences.

Demonstrated in this lecture with AUC participants and invited guests are how such practices have arisen, how they take place, and how they can be understood and used through interactive engagement in multiple settings. Through simulation, participants, like many asylum seekers, can begin to understand how dance and movement techniques can become vehicles for releasing stress and building confidence and trust, which can in turn be applied to our everyday lives.


Hana Alhadi holds anMSc in Migration and Ethnic studies from the University of Amsterdam and has more than 15 years of experience in the field of dance and movement. Since 2015, she has been working as a project coordinator in an NGO in Slovenia, where she develops bottom-up generated practices for asylum seekers and refugees using different artistic methods.

Location: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098 XG Amsterdam
Convenor: Dr. Martha Montero-Sieburth

Published by  Amsterdam University College