The Tango Effect

By Kate Swindlehurst

Parkinson’s and the healing power of dance

Saturday, 29 August 2020


I'm excited to report that the first of the audio recordings from The Tango Effect were launched online this week by the Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK at People Dancing. During the months of lockdown the diary format of the book formed a strange counterpoint to what was happening in real time. So I was pleased to have the opportunity to record extracts from the book taken from the chapters for March through to July, a kind of Tango Lockdown Story. Do listen to the introduction and the extract for March here and  then look out for the next episodes, to be released weekly. There's another chance to enjoy John Connatty's wonderful photos, too.

I'm also delighted to be able to share with you the latest from the Dancing with Parkinson's Programme: Dance artist Danielle Teale was commissioned by Poplar Union to create a piece of work for the digital, online festival, Outside In Arts Festival. 'Looking Down', was made in collaboration with dancers over the summer of 2020 and collected images, film and words that express the lived experience of COVID-19 lockdown from perspectives of people with Parkinson's. In addition, a gallery of images and words by the dancers is available alongside this film and can be found here. I feel proud and privileged to be part of both film and gallery.

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