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Tuesday 23 July: Dance and stroke

Led by Lucinda Jarrett

Lucinda has worked with South London Stroke communities to co-produce a performance intervention, Stroke Odysseys, designed to improve the confidence, self esteem and optimism about future independent living for those experiencing the effects of a stroke or other acquired brain injuries. The belief is that in giving people the confidence to perform they gain the skills to lead an independent life and the act of witnessing these performances transforms audience perceptions and changes the stigma of illness and disability.

This one day workshop is based upon the principles underlying the practice of Stroke Odysseys. It will include:

  • An exploration of co-production and service design
  • The development of anatomical awareness
  • Understanding potential contexts
  • The use of somatic practice and improvisation
  • The integration of movement, voice, story, song and performance.

  • Participant requirements:

    Course participants must have successfully completed the online learning programme – Introduction to Leading Dance with Older People – and the related online assessment a minimum of 10 working days prior to taking part in the course or taken part in an Introduction to dance with older people course at a previous People Dancing Summer School.



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    Lucinda Jarrett biography

    Lucinda Jarrett is a writer, independent dance artist, performance maker and artistic director of Rosetta Life.  She currently leads a three year practice research project, Stroke Odysseys, exploring songmaking and movement and performance in neuro rehabilitation contexts and is now currently implementing a programme of movement songmaking and performance across five London hospitals and overseeing its implementation in Bristol, Oxfordshire and Cumbria.

    She also leads Dream a Difference, a poetry and songmaking project building awareness of social justice and peace across ten countries where children are facing humanitarian crisis.

    She founded Rosetta Life in 1997 in partnership with a movement therapist to explore ways of linking movement and storytelling and the creative arts residency programme grew to reach over forty hospices over the period of ten years. In 2007 she founded The Songrooms, combining movement, music and songwriting in an online project that linked ten children’s hospices across Africa and England.  Three year funding from the Cultural Olympiad in 2009 enabled Lucinda to work with a group of dancers to conduct a clinical audit of movement practices in a range of contexts across end of life care and she has held a residency at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery since 2012.

    She has published widely on creative engagement with health care, has shared her practice abroad and has led projects in America, Brazil, South Africa and Thailand.

    She is currently completing an interdisciplinary practice research PhD at University of Bristol exploring the potential of performance arts in health and the articulation of applied performance in healthcare.