Scottish Ballet has just announced the release of its latest films for their Haud Close project featuring people living with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and dementia.
Filmmaker Beth Chalmers explains that her works are “centered around connectivity, visibility and collaboration taking place in lockdown; a time when each of these themes are not part of daily life.”
In response to a global call-out, Scottish Ballet connected over 100 people worldwide to celebrate the creativity, strength and perseverance of people living with neurological conditions, as well as those in their households. Every person who submitted a video in reaction to a dance or poetry task is seen in these films.
“As we reflect on the last year, the need for connection is stronger than ever. We are delighted to have found new ways of connecting and celebrating our global SB Health community and have been moved by the honesty and creativity shown by all who engaged with Scottish Ballet’s project, Haud Close.”
– Lisa Sinclair, Dance Health Manager of Scottish Ballet
This multi-artform project was inspired by the company’s award-winning dance film Haud Close Tae Me, choreographed by Artistic Director Christopher Hampson.
Music, poetry, and dance take center stage to relay the poignancy and significance of the consequences of the isolation due to the pandemic and the healing powers of dance in response.
Kirsty Grant, a participant from Spain expressed, “What you have given me with the Haud Close project is a way to find freedom, a way to find movement, a way to find creativity – you’ve opened that door and it’s a door that’s been waiting to be opened for a long time. I am extremely grateful for this enormous gift.”