This commission in 2022 from the Edinburgh Art Festival as part of the Associate Artist Programme: Channels, curated by Emmie McLuskey gave Janice the opportunity to develop her passion for and enquiry into deepening connections between body and land.
Taking place along the towpath of Edinburgh’s Union Canal.
“Not Brittle, Not Rigid, Not Fixed saw Janice Parker create a new series of solo works that explore the interplay between past and future, land and self. Each day between Sunday 14 August and Sunday 28 August, Parker moved once a day at a time that responded to the different rhythms of her body. Parker’s choreography leaned into the sensory elements of the Union Canal – the smells, sounds, textures – to investigate the role movement plays in our relationship to the natural world”
“With foreword by artist Emmie McLuskey, and afterword by dancer and choreographer Janice Parker, delve into a fourteen-day journey along one of Edinburgh’s best-known waterways. Stretching from the Lochrin Basin to Wester Hailes, Janice Parker’s movement work saw her create a point-to-point journey during Edinburgh Art Festival 2022. Janice used her body to respond to the architecture, people and nature of the Union Canal, as it celebrated its 200th anniversary.
Janice invited artist Audrey Grant, artist and photographer Matthew Arthur Williams, and architect, academic and educator Suzanne Ewing to respond to her movements through sketching, photography and writing. Janice kept a log of each day of activity along the canal – documenting conversations and observations”