Since 2016, Dancing with Parkinson’s main artistic collaborator has been musician and vocal artist Jaka Skapin. Jaka is a Slovenian composer, conductor and community music artist based in London and has been a regular collaborator for the Dancing with Parkinson’s programme, bringing a wealth of artistic inspiration.
Danielle and Jaka recently worked together with the St. Joseph’s Hospice Dancing with Parkinson’s Hackney group on a music and dance project which we’ve named, branches. Branches began with discussion, story finding and generation of ideas around a theme; which then evolved through improvised dance activities into a story inspired by the dancers themselves. With input from incredible music and poetry specialists were were able to weave a dance narrative which derived from the physical and improvised responses as a starting point and then found their way into a new musical composition written and recorded with the dancers.
Here Jaka explains the process of devising new music with the dancers:
Continuing with the collaborative nature of this project we worked with filmmaker Pavel Radu (ROPO Films) and partner organisation Poplar Union, to direct a dance and music film to share our work.
Our film will be launched tomorrow to mark World Parkinson’s Awareness Day, to demonstrate the powerful impact of art making and performance for people with Parkinson’s, and to make visible, the Parkinson’s body, the ownership and contribution to this process, and the artistry of people with Parkinson’s on this day of reflection and visibility for the condition…