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Interactive symposium
Thursday 21 March 2019, 10am-5pm at Sadler’s Wells, London (Lilian Baylis Studio and Rosebery Room)

Presented by Dance for PD®/Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), the Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK at People Dancing, Dance Consortium and Sadler’s Wells.

Cost: £40/£25 (full price/people living with Parkinson’s and members of People Dancing). Includes refreshments and a light lunch. 

This symposium aims to create a collaborative forum for reflection and forward thinking based on the ambition to give everyone who is living with Parkinson’s the chance to enjoy and engage in the creative, dynamic and aesthetic experience that dance offers. Provocations, roundtable and panel discussions, and a practice-based research workshop bring together expert contributors and leading thinkers in the field to challenge, celebrate and explore.


  • Nikki Crane (independent arts consultant focusing on the arts in criminal justice and in health)
  • Paul Crawford (Professor of Health Humanities, University of Nottingham)
  • Monica Gillette (dancer, choreographer, and project developer for interdisciplinary research)
  • Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt (Cultural Policy and Creative Practice, King’s College London)
  • Dr Sara Houston (Principal Lecturer in the Department of Dance, University of Roehampton)
  • David Leventhal (Programme Director & founding teacher of Dance for PD®, a programme of the Mark Morris Dance Group)
  • Paul Mayhew-Archer (comedian with Parkinson’s performing one man show at Soho Theatre March 19 - 23. Then on UK tour
  • Magdalena Schamberger (Creative Collaborator, Director)
  • Dr Bethany Whiteside (Research Lecturer, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
  • Dr Alison Williams (Visiting Professor Queen Margaret University, Creativity Specialist, and person with Parkinson's).

  • Hackathon ‘style’ sessions will foster interaction and creativity - allowing for maximum sharing, conversation and exploration; generating original ideas, deeper understanding, and arriving at new information.

    The event is suitable for both arts and clinical professionals, and people living with Parkinson’s who dance. People booking to attend the symposium will be asked to choose or suggest questions and themes to help guide the debate (a link to questions will be sent to all registered delegates in early March).

    This symposium is offered as one of a series of events to kick off the Mark Morris Dance Group’s seven-week UK tour of Pepperland. This tour, produced by Dance Consortium, will include Dance for Parkinson’s-related activities throughout the country.

    Places at the Symposium are limited.

    Please book here

    Attendees are also invited to attend a free Symposium Extra evening event - see details at the bottom of this page.

    Dance for people living with Parkinson’s - a practical workshop of creative enquiry and exchange for artists

    Friday 22 March 2019 at Sadler’s Wells (entrance via the Lilian Baylis Theatre).

    Facilitated by leading international artists David Leventhal, Monica Gillette and Danielle Teale, this creative exchange will focus on sharing the opportunities and challenges encountered in leading dance for and with people living with Parkinson's.

    £25 (full price)/£20 for members of People Dancing/£15 for registered attendees of the International Symposium on 21 March 2019.


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    Symposium extra

    Dancing with Parkinson’s: an inquisitive approach

    Thursday 21 March 2019, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
    Gilliatt Lecture Theatre, Institute for Neurology, Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG

    An evening event led by Danielle Teale Dance, in partnership with National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, focussed on artistic engagement within the hospital environment, the developing practice of dancing with Parkinson’s and the insights discovered through our recent collaborative programme. Hear from artists, physiotherapists, dancers with Parkinson’s and guest speakers about their experiences and plans for future artistic and research partnerships.

    Refreshments including a buffet dinner and drinks will be provided for all attendees

    Attendees booking for the Looking forward Symposium can indicate their interest in attending via the event booking form - or contact Danielle Teale Dance directy at




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