Peace About Life: Dancing with Parkinson's

When: May 7-8, 8 p.m. 2010

Some dances seem to reach straight into the heart. Claudine Naganuma'speace about life; Dancing with Parkinson's, at Laney College Theatre (900 Fallon St., Oakland) on Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, is one such dance. Performers in varying stages of Parkinson's partner with young modern dancers from Naganuma's company, dNaga, in this tender exploration of what Parkinson's has meant to the adults -- which they express in stirring voiceovers that accompany Slow Six's smooth electronic score. It's moving, to be sure, but not simply because the performers have Parkinson's: Their willingness to move forward with life amid often overwhelming challenges reminds us all, in the words of one dancer, to "appreciate, appreciate, appreciate everything you can do now." The show evolved out of Naganuma's movement class for EastBay adults with Parkinson's, the West Coast branch of the Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD program. 8 p.m., $15-$20. 510-464-3543 or

Claudia Bauer

Price: $15-$20

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