Small Acts of Hope and Lament : a series of 11 short films from Autumn 2020
Film/text/movement : Janice Parker
Edit : Tao-Anas Le Thanh
At the start of lockdown, in March 2020, I embarked on a daily outdoor practice in the park that I live next door to. I started to photograph and document the brilliance of the nature that surrounded me. This gradually turned to filming myself moving and dancing, immersed in and deeply in love with nature and the land.
I am a dancer. I need to move daily.
Movement is my primary language and means of being in the world, my way of thinking, sensing and feeling. I can’t not do it. This daily outdoor practice became a way to get through these times
I have no special equipment, just a phone in my pocket that I prop up on a tree or in a hole in the ground and clothes for different weathers. I am privileged I have that.
The films are not perfect. They were never intended to be. But they are what emerged and what happened, a dialogue between me and the land, a duet between the giftings of the outdoors and the body, the chance and circumstance of the day, and a response to what is present.
I shared small excerpts on twitter:
- to connect and say hello “I’m here, are you out there too. Are you okay?”
- to offer a quiet resource and invitation to others to move, to be outdoors, to fall in love with nature, and to feel stronger and more alive in body and in spirit
- to advocate in a simple way for green space in the city, and the right to move and dance outdoors without judgement, and
- to share the potential of the moving dancing body as a source of energy, strength, play and courage to get through, and to encourage us all to access our movement
- to celebrate, generate, lament, connect, feel, conjure or roar as acts of gentle activism and presence. It is all there for the asking.
The films are an extended version of the small clips on twitter and can be watched in any order or sequence. The words accompanying them is what was live and present for me at the time
I have grown to love the park, a deep knowing visceral embodied love and intend to keep going, offering the practice to others as I go. It is made for sharing
Hope everyone is well and finding ways through now, and in days and months to come
PS. Apologies the films are not audio described. I very much hope they will be soon.
You can also find the films on the Necessity website https://necessity.info/who-will-dance-with-me-when-i-am-old