Essential Viewing

A changing selection of landmark films from the Rosetta Life story.

SO Frame

Stroke Odysseys UK Tour

Stroke survivors team up with professional dancers and musicians to perform themselves in Rosetta Life’s ground-breaking piece.  Choreographer Ben Duke.  Composer Orlando Gough.  UK tour autumn 2018.

Lindaat Windsor

The Glass Half Full (18.00)

Linda, 40, decides to stop cancer treatment even though she knows that this will probably shorten her life. 100,000 views, and counting, on Youtube, across the world.

39 Lylia and her song

Writing Lylia’s Song

Rosetta Life at work. Lylia tells the mesmerising story of her Barra childhood to Rosetta Life’s Lucinda Jarrett. Capercaillie’s Donald Shaw transforms the memory into a haunting song. Performed by The Anna Massey Band. At Highland Hospice.

John 6

3. The Accident (1:53)

When John was young engine driver a steam loco ran over his foot and he lost five toes. They said it was his fault. There was no compensation.

20A Sue reflection

From the bedroom to bathroom, passing white owls in flight (5:25)

A remarkable fusion of movement and poetry led by Sue who has motor neurone disease. Reinvents the concept of slow. With Myton Hospice.

55B Kimberley. png

Pathways in the brain (3:46)

Kimberley is severely disabled. She has no speech yet she is profoundly musical in the face serious neurological damage.

The Mariners in a Hospice

6. Drinking without thinking (1:46)

How can the simple act of drinking require such care and attention? Ask Collette who finds it hard to hold a cup. Composed by Orlando Gough for Rosetta Life’s The Mariners.

Adey with Puppet

14. Muriel’s dream (2:40)

The doll goes diving into the depth’s of Muriel’s dreams, where she rides a glorious white horse in the face of death. Composed by Orlando Gough for Rosetta Life’s The Mariners.

Pelussy and Igor

Pelussy who dares (4:14)

Pelussy performs a contact dance with Moreno Solenas. Stroke Odysseys creative workshop, 2016.

26 Dancing with JMC at the V&A

Redefining beauty at the V&A (3:18)

Redefining Beauty dance performance by older people, inspired by pioneering Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition at the V&A.

I Dream Able-Bodied

I dream able-bodied (7:14)

Lil was disabled by a stroke but she dreams able-bodied. Stroke Odysseys performance sharing, 2016.

38 Bradley

Life is a Game (4:55)

Wheelchair football is liberating for the Duchene Muscular Dystrophy community. Watch out for Taja’s amazing rap. Accompanied by musicians from the CBSO and a choir from Joseph Leckie Community College in Walsall, Bradley and Taja tell it how it is. Composer Harvey Brough.

Kath alone

13. Breaking point (5:33)

Cath was Andrew’s carer for 12 years but one day she realised she just couldn’t go on. She told Andrew she was leaving, for someone else. He was devastated at first. But then he began to see things differently. Perhaps some good could come out of this tough situation?

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