Quick Center to present Parkinson's disease program
Published 2:56 pm, Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will present a free day-long program for people with Parkinson's disease and their care partners involving music and dance on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the center, 1073 N. Benson Road.
The program, a partnership with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Connecticut Parkinson's Working Group, the Parkinson's Young On Set Support Group of Connecticut and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, will explore how music and movement can be "an exhilarating experience" through Dance for PD classes.
The instruction will focus on developing artistry and grace while addressing disease-related concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, social isolation and depression, according to a news release. Instructors will integrate movement from modern and theater dance, ballet, folk dance, tap, improvisation and choreographic repertory to engage participants and create a social environment emphasizing dance, rather than therapy.
The event will feature classes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a lecture at 1 p.m. on the intersection of dance and Parkinson's disease by Dr. J. Antonelle de Marcaida, of Eastern Connecticut Neurology Specialists.
Students attending the university's School of Nursing will also be in attendance.
The Mark Morris Dance Group will return to the center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, with a program featuring works that span the choreographer's career and live music performed by the MMDG Music Ensemble. The program consists of "All Fours" (2003), Bela Bartók, String Quartet No. 4; "Ten Suggestions" (1981), Alexander Tcherepnin, Bagatelles, Op. 5; and "Festival Dance" (2011), Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Piano Trio No. 5 in E Major, Op. 83. There will be a post-performance discussion with Artistic Director Mark Morris. Tickets are $50, $45 and $35.
Entrance to the center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the box office. For information, call 203-254-4010 or visit www.quickcenter.com.