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Janice Paker

Private Dancer by Janice Parker

A dance that is never seen. Alone at home, we give it our all, our best moves and best performance… ever! An extraordinary event, a real-sized luminous house and 18 eclectic performers. In a rare glimpse of a personal world you will be entertained by a host of good music, see some very fine dancing, and be offered the treat of watching alone.

Herald Angel Award winner Private Dancer plays with our expectations and emotions through unique choreography created by some of Scotland’s best disabled dancers. The immersive hour long performance, takes place in and around a specially designed and purpose built ‘house’, a realistically scaled luminous installation, containing 5 different rooms. Each room is filled with personal memorabilia, belonging to a solo disabled dancer, who inhabits and performs there to an audience of one. This intimate performance arena opens a portal to a normally unseen, unknown perspective of a person.

Private Dancer is a be-spoke event that re-invents itself in each new location in which it performs. The company, who are never the same twice, are a deliberate mixture of disabled, non-disabled, professional and first time performers, all arriving by different means for different reasons, some invited, and some by chance and circumstance. Greeted by a genial host the power balance shifts, as the audience, our guests, are invited to cross a threshold literally and metaphorically and enter the glorious domain of the dancer. We might let you in….!

Two 90 second films are now available on Private Dancer – the original on from the Push Me Collection and the second, on the Journey so far.

“At the leading edge of disabled dance practice and a pioneering show under any measure this is possibly the most significant show at The Fringe this year” 

“…a cross between art installation, Zen Garden, dance show and party…”

The Skinny *****

 “Truly wonderful. The best thing I have seen at the Fringe or even theatre generally for a very very long time. Extraordinarily moving (and funny too). Just wonderful” Audience Member

“…compelling artistry in every strand of this project…”

The Herald *****

Private Dancer follows the thread of the disabled dancer as the main protagonist in their own work. The experience is one of artistic control that develops and liberates what each person has to offer as creator and inventor. Directed by Janice Parker.

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Private Dancer has been commissioned by the Unlimited programme, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and is supported by Made In Scotland, Creative Scotland, IETM, Dance Base, Dance House, The Work Room and part of Glasgow Life’s 2012 events.

This project is part of the London 2012 Festival, is a 12 week nationwide celebration running from June 21st 2012 until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9th September 2012. The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture, giving the opportunity for People across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more details visit www.london2012.com/festival.

Read more biographical information on Janice Parker.