Biographical information for Janice Parker

Janice Parker is an award winning independent choreographer and dance-maker. She creates performance, devises and initiates performance based projects, is active in dance development, regularly teaches and facilitates people of all ages and abilities, mentors professional dance artists and organisations, occasionally writes about dance, and performs.

Janice is a dance artist with a distinctive voice. Her work is responsive to context, situation, place and, most importantly, the person. Originally Laban Movement trained, a primary focus of her work is the exploration and development of new movement vocabularies, creative possibilities and aesthetic potentials that come from non-traditionally trained bodies moving.

Much of her current work is in collaboration with disabled performers. She is committed to bringing the work of disabled artists to more prominence and has created a rich body of collaborative work.

She creates live performance, movement for theatre, dance for camera, cross media installation, lectures and text. Her art work is fundamentallyan intervention. She is an artist interested in context and placement and in the  outcomes of collaborative and socially engaged practice.

Her choreography might easily involve a hundred or more performers in large scale works, or be an intimate solo portraits focusing on the voice of a single performer.

In 2005 Janice was awarded a Creative Scotland Award that resulted in the publication ‘Take A Look At What is Actually There’, and in 2010 her work Private Dancer recieved a Herald Angel Award.

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Janice has also lived and worked in Canada and in Europe.