DaPoPa is a non-profit association launched in 2016 fueled by the inclusive work of dancer Clint Lutes. Its mission is to use artistic expression as a bridge between community, artistic and scientific research in relation to neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
We create movement activities that are accessible to all and encourage the exploration of physical, social, cognitive and identity development. We provide a generous and safe environment and welcome participants of all ages and abilities to share their experiences whether or not they have been diagnosed with PD.
Our activities are influenced by topics related to Parkinson’s Disease and their connection with environmental awareness, social interactions and daily life. By working with the body to understand its possibilities and capacities, DaPoPa’s associated artists use themes such as pleasure, communication, intention, isolation and control to design our movement explorations. These are characterized by the study of touch, verbal and nonverbal exchange, body awareness, physical environment and lots of play! Through play we discover, learn and can interpret and answer questions in multiple ways.
DaPoPa is supported by a team of artists and volunteers, and benefits from the additional support of l’Album-AbcDanse, France Parkinson, micadanses and the Fédération Française Groupement Parkinson.