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A one-day interactive symposium

Dance for people living with Parkinson's: Looking ahead

Thursday 21 March 2019, 10am-5pm at Sadler’s Wells, London with an extra add-on session 6:30-9:00 at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

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

Location: Sadler's Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio and Rosebery Room

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)
Magdalena Schamberger (Creative Collaborator, Director)
Dr Bethany Whiteside (Research Lecturer, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
Dr Alison Williams (Independent academic researcher and editor, specialist in creativity and the physical environment, 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.

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Symposium Extra

Dance for Parkinson’s In Practice

An evening event with Danielle Teale in partnership with National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), Queen Square.

Thursday, March 21

Gilliatt Lecture Theatre
Institute for Neurology, Queen Square
London, WC1N 3BG

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Led by Danielle Teale Dance, in partnership with National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, this event will focus on artistic engagement within the hospital environment,the developing practice of dancing with Parkinson’s and the insights discovered through a recent collaborative programme. Hear from artists, physiotherapists, dancers with Parkinson’s and guest speaker Dr Alison Williams about their experiences and plans for future artistic and research partnerships.

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

A limited number of delegate places will be available to attend this Symposium Extra event; please indicate your interest when completing your booking Symposium above and further information will be sent to you.

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