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An essential conversation

At Confluence - CV, we're always happy to offer our community space and time, as well as our network and resources, to respond to targeted initiatives that could benefit our entire community. Listening to our collectivity's impulses leads us down innovative paths, from which we inevitably emerge more informed, more open and deeply convinced of the power of these encounters. 


At the suggestion of some of our participants, we opened our space to an informal discussion on pelvic and uterine health issues, just before the holiday break. These conditions can have considerable impacts on both daily life and artistic practice, as they affect the general organization of physicality. Artists from dance, performance, circus, music and theater came together to discuss their different realities and how these have influenced their daily lives and the practice of their craft. 


Severe dysmenorrhea, menopause, disorganization of the pelvic floor musculature, return to practice after childbirth, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, dysphoric premenstrual syndrome, fertility support processes, synchronization of the menstrual cycle with artistic practice, difficulties in obtaining a diagnosis or targeted help in relation to these conditions... This list offers just a few examples of the range and depth of issues related to the pelvic region, as experienced in different ways by the fifteen or so artists present. 


In the end, we were able to express wishes for more openness, listening and compassion, as well as decisions rooted in our own experiences and informed by the support of caring professionals. For others and for ourselves. In these gestures lie the first hints of possible answers that emerged from our conversation. 


Confluence - CV thanks all those present and stands in solidarity with every person facing such conditions. If you'd like to join the conversation and take part in a future meeting on this subject, please don't hesitate to contact us at accueil@confluence-cv.ca.


* Confluence - CV also reminds you that this discussion group can be complementary to, but does not seek to replace, appropriate medical follow-up by health professionals when the health condition requires it. 



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