‘High quality theatrical and dance performances… a unique production
centred on the theme of dementia… dance to inspire’
Paul Brookes, Milton Keynes Festival

A closer look at Arts and Dementia at Déda

Emotionally-charged dance theatre that moves sensitively through the shadows of grief and loss experienced in dementia.

Performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 to public acclaim and very strong reviews, Camera Obscura - A Way of Seeing is based on psychologists’ research and case studies of carers, and explores the extraordinary power of music to restore vivid memories and enhance a sense of identity in people with dementia. The piece reflects on the need to see every person as a whole made of all parts of their past, rather than an empty leftover of what has been, and draws on the emotion expressed by one dementia patient - that there is ‘never a moment in life when I am not a complete human being’.


“powerful and compelling work, acting so impressive, hugely expressive choreography” Critical Dance

“right on target, fine acting” The Scotsman

“the choreography was ghostly, sexy, sad, and passionate with pitch perfect performances…I left wanting more and wanting to be in love” ThreeWeeks ****

Anna is locked in her unreachable world of dementia, and her partner, Jack, struggles with this loss and searches for ways to express his love and care. A collage of scenes combines contemporary dance with physical theatre, and a picture forms of Anna’s interior life that, though buried, is still alive. Abstracted and broken memories move through Anna’s mind as vaguely glimpsed figures.When Jack discovers that fondly remembered music brings back old memories, a brief connection is rekindled.

Camera Obscura is accompanied by a newly created dance installation, Memory Box, which explores the act of remembering and the way perceptions shift according to perspective; and invites the audience to reflect on their own memories.

Bringing together artists from different generations (including graduates of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Contemporary Dance, an established performer/choreographer and a stage/TV actor), The Secret Dance Club is a Derbyshire based collective. The founder, Debi Hedderwick, has a longstanding commitment to making dance theatre that explores human issues. Her work combines the visceral expressiveness of contemporary dance with powerful scores, theatrical production and vivid storytelling to produce emotive and compelling dance theatre that connects strongly with its audiences.

Déda are hosting a forum to share best practice in arts work for people with Dementia, in partnership with Arts in Health Derby during the day - welcoming practitioners and artists from across the region.


Notes to Editors:

For images, interview requests, press tickets and press enquiries, please contact:

Heather Gunn, Marketing and Audience Development Coordinator

T: 01332 370911
E: h.gunn@deda.uk.com

Listings Information

Deda, 19 Chapel St, Derby, DE1 3GU

Thursday 30th June

Memory Box (Installation) 7 - 7.40pm

Camera Obscura - A Way of Seeing, 8pm

(followed by post show discussion)

 Tickets £12 (£10 concession)


Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a creative centre for Dance, Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Work which offers a dance and movement-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, three professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.

With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.

Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.

About Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk