Janice Parker dances on Calton Hill.

Janice Parker in conversation

Polwarth Parish Church

Dance artist and choreographer, Janice Parker, is joined in conversation by Emmie McLuskey, our Associate Artist for 2022. The pair will discuss Parker’s durational performance Not Brittle, Not Rigid, Not Fixed, taking place from August 14 – 28 at various times along the Union Canal towpath, and her wider artistic practice.

This free event will take place in the Drennan Hall. Select hot and cold drinks will be available.

This talk is followed by the continuation of Parker’s performance Not Brittle, Not Rigid, Not Fixed in Harrison Park. Please view our social media (@edartfest) throughout the festival for more information.

Janice Parker lives in Edinburgh and is a dance artist and choreographer who works collaboratively with people, place and context. Parker’s work explores a deep connection between land and body aiming to expand our human capacity for expressive movement as a language. From mid-August, she will move her ongoing daily live practice to the Canal. Beginning at Lochrin Basin, creating one solo work per day, through chance encounters, improvisation and misrule, to experience the life of the canal and look to its future.

Emmie McLuskey is an artist based in Glasgow. Recent highlights include work with Collective, Edinburgh (2022) ATLAS Arts, Isle of Skye (2021/22), Talbot Rice Residents Programme, Edinburgh (2021-23), ARCUS Project, Japan (2020), Artist’s Moving Image Festival, Tramway with LUX Scotland (2019), Sissi Club, Marseille (2019) and Dogo Residenz für Neue Kunst, Switzerland (2019).

This event will include closed captions and BSL. For any additional access requirements or queries please contact us by emailing info@edinburghartfestival.com or calling 0131 226 6558.

Image: Janice Parker, Acts of Hope and Lament, 2021. Photo by Ryan Buchanan.

Janice Parker in conversation


Janice Parker and Emmie McLuskey

Ticket Information

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Polwarth Parish Church

36-38 Polwarth Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 1LU

0131 2266558



Opening times

Wednesday 17 August

2 - 3pm

Visitor information

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Toilets
  • Babychange

Polwarth Parish Church

36-38 Polwarth Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 1LU

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