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Thursday Scratch Nights

Contemporary Dance


Contemporary Dance

A collaboration between dancer and choreographer Helen Palor, Dr Ryan Pink and the Movement Science group at Oxford Brooks University.


Thursday 10 November / 6.30pm / Free


The Movement Science Group at Oxford Brookes University, led by Professor Helen Dawes uses novel digital sensor systems to monitor patient progress. The clever bit is that from this they build complex algorithms to translate this immense numeric data into something more than just physical information, providing answers on how a neurological disease like Parkinson’s or Strokes should and can be treated.


For the last year they have been working with Science Artist Dr Ryan Pink and International dance choreographer Helen Parlor to hold workshops for patients, academics, artists and children to explore the dialogue of movement in and outside the medical arena.


As one of the outcomes of this exchange, the team has created a dance piece to exemplify the fascination of movement science, its benefits and the issues patients with neurological disorders have to face every day. The music for the piece was created by composer Dr Paul Whitty. It is scored using digital data that is hard wired directly in from the patient readings using the GAIT sensor; a medical movement-tracking tool.


This event will combine talks by Helen Parlor, Dr Ryan Pink and Prof. Helen Dawes on the project, followed by a presentation of the Dance piece and a Q&A session.

November 2011


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