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Today, we're sharing two new dance films created in collaboration with people living with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and dementia, as part of their creative engagement project Haud Close.

From Orkney to Tasmania, Haud Close was a multi-artform project that connected with over 100 people worldwide to celebrate the creativity, strength and perseverance of people living with neurological conditions and their households.

Initially inspired by Scottish Ballet’s award-winning dance film, Haud Close Tae Me, directed by filmmaker Eve McConnachie in 2017, with choreography by Christopher Hampson and poetry by Jackie Kay, the project used the film’s resonating themes of reflection and visibility to explore connection at a time of separation.

Bringing together choreographer Jack Webb, visual artist Brian Hartley, storyteller and dramaturg Philippa Clark and filmmaker Beth Chalmers, the freelance artists worked with dancers from across the Scottish Ballet Health network each week, to create a new dance film called Haud Close that features movement, poetry and visual art.

As part of the project, a global callout also invited people living with dementia, MS and Parkinson’s to submit a 20-second video response to either a poetry or dance task set by the company. These feature in a new dance film called Haud Close Together that connect local residents from Erskine Care Home in Bishopton to responses from as far and wide as Australia.

‘As we reflect on the last year, the need for connection is stronger than ever. We are delighted to have found new ways of connecting and celebrating our global SB Health community and have been moved by the honesty and creativity shown by all who engaged with Scottish Ballet’s project, Haud Close.’

Lisa Sinclair, Dance Health Manager

‘What you have given me with the Haud Close project is a way to find freedom, a way to find movement, a way to find creativity – you’ve opened that door and it’s a door that’s been waiting to be opened for a long time. I am extremely grateful for this enormous gift.’

Kirsty Grant, Haud Close participant