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Panel Discussions 2014

During the 3 day event, there were panel discussions about the following:

  • Capturing Grace: Exploring Dance for People with Parkinson’s
  • Big Dancing: Commissioning and taking part in large-scale projects
  • But is it art? The artist and participatory practice
  • Children and Young People Dancing: Perspectives and case studies
Capturing Grace: Exploring Dance for People with Parkinson’s

Chaired by Dr Sara Houston, National Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer, Roehampton University
David Leventhal, Mark Morris Dance Group, USA
Dave Iverson, Journalist and Film Maker of Capturing Grace, USA

Dance for people with Parkinson’s has developed significantly in recent years, with more demand for programmes, many new practitioners training to deliver the work and networks emerging locally, nationally and internationally.

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dave Iverson joins dancer and programme innovator David Leventhal (Program Director, Dance for PD at Mark Morris Dance Group, New York) to explore the transformative effects of dance on people with Parkinson's. With selected excerpts from Iverson's remarkable new film, this session uses compelling personal narratives to suggest a bold vision for the role of community dance in the 21st century. Making the case for dance as a vital partner in both ageing and community-building - particularly for those living with chronic illness - this session provides clear approaches for shaping your own professional work along with life-affirming inspiration.

Related Content

Capturing Grace website for more information on Dave Iverson's film
Dance for PD website for the original New York group at Mark Morris Dance Group
Dance for Parkinson's page on the People Dancing website, including information on our Online Learning Programme.
You can also find various articles from past editions of Animated by searching the Library here.

Big Dancing: Commissioning and taking part in large-scale projects

Chaired by Chris Stenton, Executive Director, People Dancing, UK
Anita Clark, Creative Scotland / Get Scotland Dancing, Scotland
Luca Silvestrini, Protein Dance and David Massingham, DanceXchange, UK
Karen Gallagher MBE, Merseyside Dance Initiative, UK
Cath James, South East Dance

This panel of producers, leaders and artists reflect on their experience of large-scale participatory projects and the contexts for which they are commissioned. Each panel member discusses one or more of their projects, followed by discussion and questions from the delegate audience. 

Related Content

Get Scotland Dancing website including film and evaluation report
Protein Dance website
MDI website
South East Dance website

But is it art? The artist and participatory practice

Chaired by Donald Hutera, Writer, Editor and Journalist, UK
Rosemary Lee, Artist, UK
Cai Tomos, Artist, Wales
Luca Silvestrini, Protein Dance, UK

Responding to the notion of artistic quality in participatory dance work, each of these internationally renowned artists discuss their own work, artistic viewpoints and provide insight into their creative processes when working with participants. Chaired and presented as an informal, conversational session, delegates are invited to contribute and ask questions. 

Related Content

More information on Rosemary Lee's extensive archive on work can be viewed on the Artsadmin website.
Cai Tomos is the recipient of a People Dancing - Wales Commission. More information and a feature length documentary of his work is available here.
Luca Silvestrini's Protein Dance website features information and films on previous and current works.

Children and Young People Dancing: Perspectives and case studies

Chaired by Lucy Frazer, Board Member, People Dancing
Hannah Robertshaw, Yorkshire Dance, UK
Anna Kenrick and Carolyn Lappin, YDance, UK
Polly Risbridger and Cherilyn Albert, East London Dance, UK
Luke Pell, Independent Consultant

This range of organisations and individuals present projects and discuss different perspectives and contexts on their work with children and young people's dance.

Related Content

Dancing with Your Neighbours webpage and film on the Yorkshire Dance website
YDance Active webpage on the YDance website
Future Innovators (FiELD) webpage on East London Dance website