These *free* workshops will use mindful movement, dance, and somatics to provide people living with Parkinson’s Disease the tools to achieve increased quality of life, a reduction in the risk of falls, and a sense of personal agency. Workshops will be led by professional choreographers and dancers who will guide participants safely through a warm-up and exercises emphasizing body awareness, flexibility, balance, an enhanced relationship to the floor, the room, and other people, as well as an awakened sense of playfulness and creativity. At the conclusion of this first workshop series, participants will be offered the opportunity to continue working with professional choreographers Murielle Elizéon and Tommy Noonan, as well as with Duke Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist Jeff Hoder, towards the integrated development of a new work of dance to be presented in the American Dance Festival’s summer 2019 season, and the foundations for future exchanges and research on Parkinson’s Disease.
The last 30 minutes of class will be for open discussion and sharing, light snacks available or you are welcome to bring your own!
Classes are open for people living with Parkinson’s, caregivers and dancers from the Triangle community that wish to have a different relationship to their movement practice and to the body.
Dates: Thursdays 11am-1pm, March 14-April 25 *no class March 28*
About the artists:
Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon are directors, choreographers, and performers currently based in Saxapahaw, NC. Both their individual and collaborative work has been presented extensively throughout Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Finland, and Mexico. Most recently,Tommy Noonan’s solo “John” was presented at the American Dance Festival and Murielle Elizéon choreographed the duet “Je suis belle,” comissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Art and co-created with Tommy.
They regularly teach movement and dance both internationally and locally, and are co-directors of Culture Mill, a performing arts laboratory based in Saxapahaw, NC dedicated to fostering creative community and collaboration through artist residencies, educational outreach and original artistic projects. More on Culture Mill at www.culturemill.org
About This Event
ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705
March 14 to April 25, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm