Action Potential

ACTION POTENTIAL is a dance and science collaboration that aims to raise awareness for Motor Neuron Disease (MND)

Access Dance inspired choreographer Anne-Marie Smalldon from Combination Dance Company to create a new dance work based on the the work of Neuroscientist Dr Rickie Patani and his team. Access Dance joined forces with Combination Dance Company, the MND Association and Manchester Metropolitan University. Dancers and martial arts performers delve inside a motor neurone to explain how scientists think they work. This performance combines interactive dance to join in and enjoy. Established professional artists illustrate the impact of MND on those living with the disease and their families and how MND effects the body.

We are currently developing this project for further performances in 2019.

Action Potential has been performed in the following locations so far:

  • Manchester Science Festival, October 2015
  • Impfest, May 2016
  • Manchester Day, June 2016
  • National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, July 2016
  • Science Museum Lates, February 2017
  • Bloomsbury, February 2017

Feedback from previous event at Manchester Day, Impfest & NPL:

“The connection the dancers made with the audience. Emotive and well acted”

“Dance, music, words on screen very powerful”

“Serious message put across in a light hearted way”

“Brilliant – perfect combination of accessibility without losing the science”

Photographs from some of the more recent events can be seen here (Scott David Photography)

Video from the events can be found here (Todd Creative Services)