Photo by Matt Haber

Photo by Matt Haber


Lovely Gibberish

Brain Flossing and Other Lovely Gibberish photo2

dNaga Dance Company, in partnership with PD Active and Danspace, Presents a Dance Performance and Film Screening Event: The Peace Project: Lovely Gibberish & bay area film maker Dave Iverson’s award winning documentary Capturing Grace.

The Dance: Lovely Gibberish is Artistic Director and Choreographer Claudine Naganuma’s richly moving work that integrates a multi-generational cast of artists, including those with Parkinson’s Disease who are members of PD Active. The dancers give voice and movement to the daily challenges, absurdities, and moments of illumination that come with navigating life with Parkinson’s.

Composer Joel Davel created the music for Lovely Gibberish and will perform on Marimba Lumina, with lighting and real-time projection by Dale MacDonald and visual art components by Scott Holloway.

Lovely Gibberish is the fourth contribution in the PEACE Project series which had its world premiere at the Mark Morris Dance Center in November 2012.

“The dance performance was inspiring and hopeful and raised questions for me about human resiliency, limitations, and what it can mean to push past the boundaries of what I feel is possible in my life.”

-Shelly Fox, audience member


The Film: Capturing Grace, directed by bay area film maker Dave Iverson, follows several dNaga dancers and a group of Brooklyn-based PEACE dancers with Parkinson’s as they prepare for a 2012 Dance for PD performance in New York.

The film has won the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Starz Denver Film Festival and at the Mill Valley Film Festival. It also received glowing press in The New York Times and other publications.

“Another documentary that’s landing on our must-see list is director Dave Iverson’s Capturing Grace.”

-San Jose Mercury News

World Premiere at the Mark Morris Dance Center, in Brooklyn, 2012.


dNaga Dancers:Lauren Aczon, Ceressa Allen, Bebe Aronson, Hannah Brunetti, Shosi Black, Lucie Jerome, Catalina Jackson-Urueña, Lucie Jerome Janey Madamba, Leila Massoudi, Sylvie Rodgers, Charlotte Sielewicz.

Dancers with Parkinson’s: Warren Brunetti,Martha Friedberg, Herb Heinz, Michelle Johnston, Gary Turchin.

Claudine Naganuma, Artistic Director and Choreographer

Joel Davel on Marimba Lumina and Lightning, Composer and Live Musician

Dale MacDonald, Lighting and Projection Designer

Steven Sanchez, Filmmaker

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