On the 4th and 5th of September with support from The Bluecoat, we produced two more shows of Fleeting Moments.
On the 4th we presented a performance exclusively for BUPA care homes. Eight BUPA care homes came together to sponsor the performance. This was a new approach for Chaturangan and also for the care sector. The manager of the lead care home Hillside attended and gave us a real boost of confidence. All this was possible for the support and hard work of the activities coordinator Alice Lenkiewicz. I requested freelance arts consultant Sri Sarker to project manage the BUPA involvement part of the project. We thank her for time and expertise to make it a successful partnership.
The 5th was our public performance which was graced by the lord Mayor of Liverpool and the Mayoress. We had a good mixed audience representing different sections of the wider community. There were residents of care home, medical centres, students, University lecturers, arts practitioners, community groups, individuals living with dementia and their care partners. People travelled from London, Nottingham and Manchester. Notable absence was from the DAA partners Huge thanks to all artists who gave their time and effort so freely to make the performance a success, particularly Karen Wynne who at a very short notice came to our rescue by providing
excellent music for the show. Our usual musician was touring in Europe. We want to extend ur thanks to Eimear Kavanagh for making beautiful props and Kali for stage managing on both days.
Images by Simon Richardson here.
Images by Vipoy Sangoi here.
More images here.
Creative Dementia Conference, Oxford
Bisakha delivered a workshop cum lecture on Dance and Care of Dementia at this conference.
Sadler’s Wells in London organised a three day festival to celebrate dance and ageing. Bisakha was invited to deliver a workshop on Choreographing for Elders. She was assited by Anusha Subramanyam and Kali. The workshop was appreciated by all the participants.
Creative Dementia Conference
A very interesting and valuable conference for care workers in Somerset was held on 25th October in Wells. It was organised by Alice Allen and Dr Sue Jennings. Dr Jennings is a Churchill fellow and highly respected for her work with People living with Dementia. It was a comparatively small conference but highly informative and offering practical support to the care staff. I had a large group. Many of the participants thought that they will be able to use the ideas introduced in the session. Alice attended my session at the Oxford conference and felt that the workshop ideas will be useful for their participants.She was an excellent host and a very good contact in south of England, I have already consulted her for my work. The participants were introduced to the Fleeting Moment and the dance resource on the Art4Dementia website.
Delivering Dignity Conference
Throughout last year The Kings College Hospital London, nursing staff have been engaged in a year long initiative to develop good practice for caring with Dignity. The conference was the final event of the project. I feel extremely honoured to get this opportunity to deliver the Keynote lecture to the right group of people who can, and are, making a difference.