One Dance and Guest promote mental wellbeing in dance

Published: 23 October 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

James Pett Credit: Rick Guest

One Dance UK has teamed up with independent director, filmmaker and photographer Rick Guest and his collaborators, dancer James Pett and designer Kate Dawkins, on Invisible Threads Part 1, part of a new programme which aims to promote mental wellbeing in the dance sector.

The screening of the film on World Mental Health Day opened a new series of digital events to explore the conversation around mental health through his images and films. The film features dancer James Pett, who at the time was dancing with Studio Wayne McGregor, and is still available on the One Dance UK Facebook page.

Erin Sanchez, Manager of Health, Wellbeing, and Performance at One Dance UK, said, “we are delighted to collaborate with Rick, Kate and James to bring attention to the importance of mental health in dance. Each person’s mental health experiences will be different and we hope that by showcasing different ways to share and engage with these experiences, we will encourage more people express themselves. These conversations don’t just belong on one day—prioritising and highlighting mental health should always be of importance. As the sector-support organisation for dance, we’re committed to doing our part to keep the conversation going.”

The makers of the film will discuss the creative process and the meaning behind the visuals in a live Q&A on Tuesday 27 October at 7PM on Zoom.