Reflections | National Dance Company Wales
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Reflections

Reflections is a touching and uplifting film danced by participants of the NDCWales’ Dance for Parkinson’s programme.

“all kinds of people can move, they move in different ways, they bring different knowledge, different kinds of bodies and experiences, but for me, creativity is a way to help that be visible, to show how dance can be different."

Fearghus Ó Conchúir - Artistic Director

“Not only do you see people with Parkinson's but we all laugh, and it’s wonderful to know that you can all laugh even though you've got this terrible illness, you want to go on, life hasn't finished.”

Wendy - Participant

The film is the best example of National Dance Company Wales’ ongoing commitment to making dance for every body, and every ability; as it has the power to improve both mental and physical wellbeing.

Reflections is created in response to Afterimage, a magical dance piece by Fernando Melo which was toured as part of NDCWales’ 2019 Awakening tour. NDCWales Artistic Director Fearghus Ó Conchúir prepared the film’s choreography throughout the Dance for Parkinson’s classes this spring with class leaders Yvette C Halfhide and Helen Woods. Filmmaker Jonathan Dunn shot and edited the piece.

Afterimage was a dance piece that used huge mirrors so that subjects could appear and disappear live on stage, the set was inspired by an illusion known as Pepper’s Ghost. The dance featured choreography drawn using audio-recorded conversation as a rhythm for movement. For the Reflections film, Fearghus used these ideas with the dancers and created a choreography and a film which speaks of memory, reminiscence, loss, reunion, friendship and love. 

Find out more about our Dance for Parkinson’s programme or how you can Volunteer.