In the documentary she visited four projects using dance to promote and maintain mental and physical health. She admitted that stopping her career at the height of her powers had caused her a period of uncertainty. A period to question her future purpose in a life which had been so focused on one activity.
The projects she visited offered hope and a means of expression to groups of people visited by conditions limiting their day to day living activities. A group of young people struggling with debilitating anxiety and depression; a group with dementia sufferers; a group limited by the uncertainty of Parkinson’s disease; a group who for one reason or another had lost part of themselves and like Darcey needed a new focus.
Inspirational leaders ran each project; they'd found ways to help others through the medium of dance. The man who led the project to help with depression had himself learned to live as a bi-polar sufferer. He’d created a piece of dance which showed the depth of his suffering.
The ballet group for older women included a woman in her eighties who’d done very little without her husband and now had found a new lease of life.
The Parkinson’s group followed a woman round a supermarket to do that most ordinary of activities, shopping. Almost impossible in the past, now she managed it by running music in her head and imagining the free movements she’d done in the class.
The dementia sufferers started with slow movements then became confident enough to venture with support onto the dance floor. Darcey partnered a gentleman with little memory of anything; their waltz was slow and prompted by her but showed his unique soul and humour. The music seems to last longer than other memories.
We all need that chance to express ourselves whether through dance, music or writing and what underlined the wonderful results was the shared experience of each group.