As the ENB’s Dance for Parkinson’s workshops are on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Associate Artists who lead Oxford’s sessions have gone online as MuMo Creative to fill the gap. Roosa Leimu-Brown, Louisa Dalton and I have been on a steep learning curve, devising and recording video workshops based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, and it’s been wonderful to see and participate with our DfP friends every Monday. The ENB programme can be glimpsed along with our other hubs and the ENB’s company dancers in this short film, and Oxford’s class is featured in this film by one of our funding supporters, the National Postcode Lottery. A regular participant, screenwriter Paul Mayhew-Archer, is currently developing a fictional film inspired by our classes—watch this space!
It’s been a privilege to work with talented dance practitioner Danielle Teale, creator of the DfP programme, on a variety of projects: leading a weekend of DfP workshops in Glasgow for Scottish Ballet, and an introductory course for DfP teachers at the People Dancing conference in De Montfort University, Leicester; and, along with dancer Sarah Lewis and musician Amy Mallett, participating in devised opera The Catchpole Chronicles in Snape Maltings. The physical and psychological benefits of music, movement and imagination are increasingly recognised by the medical profession, and their effects on our participants in every session are an absolute joy to see.