Parkin'Son (4 stars)

This article is from 2013


credit: Cinzia Camela

Heartbreaking tribute from dancer Giulio D'Anna to his father

Simple beginnings give little indication of the painful honesty to come in Italian choreographer Giulio D’Anna’s love letter to his 63-year-old father, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

By the end of the show, both men will have mirrored, partnered, tangled into knots, pulled, pinched, slapped, teased and held each other. There is a moment that comes midway, where D’Anna embraces his father with painstaking delicacy, fitting each limb into its slot in an awkward manly game of chess before the hug can take hold. From here the currents of emotion begin to flow, culminating in a haunting passage where D’Anna dances his answer to his father’s request to describe Parkinson’s disease.

D’Anna is a choreographer of formidable imagination, wit and style, and has used these gifts to lay his heart open; so raw you can almost feel it pulsing in front of you, even when he is at his most mischievously funny. Confronting the issue of parents growing old and becoming ill, he articulates what many feel but most are afraid to say. And his eloquence is heartbreaking.

Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, until 25 Aug, 6.05pm, £10 (£9).

Giulio D’Anna: Parkin'Son

  • 4 stars

Dance piece of Giulio D'Anna.