Can you imagine what it would be like to live a healthy and fit life, only to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson’s is a disorder of the central nervous system that alters body’s movements and often times results in tremors. Since so much of the physical ailment affects movement, a film director has come forward with a new movie concept that teams together some of the most acclaimed modern dancers in the world with people who are coping with the disease.
The idea for the film came about when filmmaker/director Dave Iverson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Iverson was the third member of his family to be diagnosed with the disease. It was because of unfortunate set of circumstances, along with Iverson’s ability to cope (by immersing himself in his work), that he was eventually led to the Mark Morris Dance Group. The dance group had formed a unique relationship with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, which prompted Iverson to document the story through film.
This is a film about rediscovery, the rediscovery of a lighter step and the sweetness of motion. And it’s a story about a remarkable community of dancers–some professional, some not–but all coming together to move in space…and in doing so, rediscovering grace. And it is in that rediscovery that each becomes whole.
On Saturday, March 12, the Museum of disABILITY will feature the film Capturing Grace as part of its History Film and Speaker Series. There will be two showings – one at 3:30 pm and another at 6:30 pm. A reception will be held at 5 pm, at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo. The free event is co-hosted by the Museum of disABILITY History, and Danceability. Donations are accepted.
For more information, visit museumofdisability.org or call 716-629-3626.