LEST WE FORGET

To mark the centenary of the end of World War I, English National Ballet are bringing back their powerful production ‘Lest We Forget’, and its three featured ballets are the basis for our winter term of ENB Dance for Parkinson’s workshops. Choreographers Liam Scarlett, Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan have created three contrasting but equally poignant works, and our classes will explore their themes of war and loss, women at work and the khattak traditions and rhythms underlying Khan’s stunning piece ‘Dust’. Plenty of food for imagination, dance and creativity from our wonderful participants, whose work on the DfP programme recently featured on the TV magazine series ‘Inside Out’ and 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.