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Capturing Grace to be Shown at Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series

Documentary Features Parkinson’s Patients Learning to Dance

The Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series will feature Capturing Grace on Saturday, March 12, with two showings at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo. 

The film is about dancers with Parkinson’s disease joining forces with a famed modern dance company to stage a unique performance. The 60-minute film is about what happens when those realms intersect.

A reception will take place between showings at 5 p.m. with two speakers who teach dance:

Cynthia Pegado, teaching artist and artistic director, PDdance, in partnership with National Parkinson Foundation WNY, will share experiences from the production of Capturing Grace. Pegado has brought the unique dance program from the film to Buffalo, inspiring people with Parkinson’s to rediscover the joy of movement with artistry and grace. 

Robin Bishop, LMSW, Danceability co-founder, executive director and instructor, will share the importance of dance and movement for all ages, even for older adults. A short dance recital video will feature a performance by Danceability.  

The film, directed by David Iverson, is a collaborative effort with the New York based Mark Morris Dance Company’s Dance for PD program. “While Capturing Grace is a story about people with Parkinson’s, it’s also about much more than that. It’s about how you face the challenges life can throw your way in any number of circumstances,” said Dave Iverson, director of Capturing Grace. “For me, the film is about both the power of community and the power of the human spirit,” added Iverson who was diagnosed with Parkinson’ in 2004, and has experienced a slow progression of symptoms. “I hope it’s a story that resonates with audiences of all kinds and I’m so pleased that the Museum of disABILITY History is bringing the film to Buffalo.”

The free event is presented by the Museum of disABILITY History and Danceability. For no-cost tickets, call 716-629-3626. Pre-registration required. Donations accepted for the Museum of disABILITY History, Danceability and the National Parkinson Foundation WNY Chapter.

Danceability is an individualized dance, fitness and movement program serving the special needs community. The studio is led by qualified staff and dedicated volunteers who create a nurturing environment that empowers students to flourish and grow while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs, and struggles of people with disabilities as well as society’s reactions. The Museum of disABILITY History, located at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo, NY, offers educational exhibits, programs and activities that expand community awareness.

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