Following the success of their triple-bill ballet ‘She Said’, English National Ballet are staging another trio of works choreographed by women, under the title ‘She Persisted’. These ballets, Broken Wings, The Rite of Spring and Nora, form the basis for our spring and summer terms of ENB Dance for Parkinson’s workshops. Choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Pina Bausch and Stina Quagebeur have created three contrasting but equally thrilling works, and our classes begin by focusing on the vivid Broken Wings, which traces the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Colour, costume, wildlife, dancing skeletons and fiery Latin emotions provide plenty of food for imagination, dance and creativity from our wonderful participants, whose work on the DfP programme can be glimpsed along with our other hubs and the ENB’s company dancers in this short film.
I recently teamed up with talented dance practitioner Danielle Teale, creator of the DfP programme, to lead a weekend of workshops for Scottish Ballet, who plan to run similar sessions in Glasgow, as well as an introductory course for DfP teachers at the People Dancing conference in De Montfort University, Leicester.