In 2017, an interest in the contrasting collective and intimate spaces of dance, provoked by ongoing work with dancers with Parkinson’s, led dance artist Danielle Teale to develop the practice as research project, Explorations in Collectivity & Intimacy. The project began as a process led exploration that considers the tools we use to develop dance with people with Parkinson’s and how we can value the shared energy of the collective, equally with the individual contributions of intimate movement exploration. The relationships between sound and body, rhythm and space, and the role of shared movement in relation to personal, physical, and perceptual experience have all been considered.
Connecting through a shared interest in these themes with visual artist Sara Hibbert, the first phase of this exploratory process has been captured in an installation film that enables news perspectives on movement through the lens of the camera. This process will continue to evolve, with new perspectives on movement being contributed by additional artists, and provocations offered by collaborators from a number of disciplines.
This blog serves as a space for collaborative research, and as the work progresses and expands, all collaborators will have the space to share thoughts, processes, and developments.
The work-in-progress ‘Collective Field’ (2017), has so far been made in collaboration with dancers from Musical Moving, dance for people with Parkinson’s (Wimbledon), and Dancing with Parkinson’s St. Josephs Hospice (Hackney), with special thanks to dancers:
Danielle is an experienced dance artist – her work spans choreography, teaching, directing and mentoring and the fields of youth dance, inclusive practice, dance for health and Parkinson’s. She is currently studying a PhD with University of Roehampton and collaborating with St George’s Hospital Trust, National Hospital for Neurology Queen Square, exploring identity, self belief and efficacy in dancing with people with Parkinson’s. In her professional work Teale is highly sought after to deliver specialist projects and lead professional development courses for artists in dance and health. Her portfolio includes work with English National Ballet (2009-19), Royal Opera House (2015-19), People Dancing (2014-19) and Mark Morris Dance Group (2016-19) among others
Sara Hibbert is a London-based visual artist working primarily with moving-image and photography. She graduated in 2015 from the Royal College of Art (MA Photography), and is a current participant of the London Creative Network artist development programme at Four Corners. Past exhibitions and commissions include: Brighton Photo Fringe, Alchemy Film and Moving-Image Festival, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Trust, Two-Hundred Acres at the Pumphouse Gallery, Night Contact at Brighton Photo Biennial, and Altai Collective: RCA Dyson Gallery.
Brian Hartley | stillmotion
Brian Hartley is a Glasgow based artist whose work is a combination of visual art, photography and design. Integrating these skills with his experience as a physical performer, Brian creates multi disciplinary performance events through his company stillmotion. Much of stillmotion’s work is aimed at a multi-generational audience and incorporates participation and performance. Productions include We Dance, wee groove an interactive dance event for young children (2008-16), Scotch Hoppers (2014), part of the Cultural Programme for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Brian has been an Associate Artist with Imaginate and has worked extensively with arts organisations and local authorities delivering arts programmes
Mallory is a Neuroscience graduate student at University College London, and a firm believer that dance is for everyone. Mallory’s research considers the neural mechanisms of movement and movement disorders. Inspired by time spent contributing in dance for Parkinson’s and Dementia classes at Canada’s National Ballet School, where she trained in classical ballet, Mallory’s current work seeks to understand the cognitive mechanisms underlying the benefits of dance for the ageing brain.