Janice Parker dances on Calton Hill.

Janice Parker: Not Brittle, Not Rigid, Not Fixed

Janice Parker holds on to wall at Union Canal in performance.
Janice Parker, Not Brittle, Not Rigid, Not Fixed, 2022. Photo: Rachel McBrinn.

Janice Parker is a dance artist and choreographer based in Edinburgh. Known for her socially engaged practice, Parker works across art forms and media to create work concerned with people, place, and context. She has recently worked with The Edinburgh International Festival (2021), and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2021).

As part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, Parker joins the Associate Artists programme, Channels, which this year is centred around Edinburgh’s Union Canal. Titled Not Brittle, Not Rigid, Not Fixed, this work sees the artist create a new series of solo performances that explore the interplay between past and future, land and self. Each day between Sunday 14 August and Sunday 28 August, Parker will move once a day at a time that responds to the different rhythms of her body. Parker’s choreography will lean into the sensory elements of the Union Canal – its smells, sounds, textures – to investigate the role movement plays in our relationship to the natural world.

This work will be accompanied by an online log which captures the encounters, conversations, and energies of each day.

EVENT Janice Parker in conversation with Emmie McLuskey | Wednesday 17 August | 2-3pm | Find out more