Janice Parker is an award winning independent choreographer and dance-maker. She creates performance, devises and facilitates performance based projects, is active in dance development, regularly teaches and collaborates with people of all ages and abilities, mentors professional dance artists and organisations, occasionally writes about dance, and performs.
She 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 the aesthetic potentials that come from non-traditionally trained bodies moving.
Based in Edinburgh, Scotland and working national and internationally Janice works with people of all ages and abilities often mixing the community and the professional dance worlds. 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. 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.
She creates live performance, movement for theatre, dance for camera, cross media installation, lectures and text. Her art-work is fundamentally an intervention. She is an artist interested in context and placement and in the outcomes of collaborative and socially engaged practice.
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 received a Herald Angel Award.