This is the project I had the privilege to work on earlier in 2016 with Anita Wadsworth and Sophie Stanford for SLiDE at St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham. One of our participants sadly just lost her battle with cancer. One day in the cafe she was in tears from pain but insisted she attend our workshop where she surprised carers by standing, dancing, engaging and smiling. I find this film and the b&w photographs a beautiful record of how dance and movement overrode her pain and illness offering a new space to explore… The solo dance I ‘performed’ lives on and a version was shared at a recent conference. It is still evolving but it’s core belongs to all of the participants of this project, patients, staff and my colleagues.
My collaboration with photographer Rachel Cherry
The Flower Dance – a short documentary film made of my older people’s group for After the Last Poppy Has Fallen
Louise Klarnett was invited to write a blog entry for the Dance Umbrella Festival to read it click here
Here is a photograph of the Early Years Toolkit I have just written as part of the Active Start project in collaboration with designer Matt Ward and photographer Rachel Cherry for Barking and Dagenham Council.
I led movement workshops for the V&A at The Wilderness Festival. My workshops were listed by Harper’s Bazaar under their Wilderness Festival Checklist and photographed for the Guardian online.
September 2014 – July 2015
For the full academic year I was Dance Artist in Residence at Kay Rowe Children’s Centre and Nursery School, Newham working with babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, parents/carers, childminders, staff and SEN children and their families. Stratford Circus hosted an end of project celebratory event. I led a participatory workshop, Joe Moran, Artistic Director of Dance Art Foundation and Jasmine Pasch, dancer, writer and movement and play practitioner were speakers.
Since Summer 2014 I have been leading sessions in sheltered housing. This video of the group was filmed by Rachel Cherry and projected to open the SpringBlast Dance event at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford.