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Introduction: Performance, Creativity and Care

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This chapter explores the emergence of ‘arts in dementia care’ as a field of practice. It introduces some of the challenges associated with making performance in care homes and makes a case for creative approaches that are collaborative rather than transformative. Emphasising a relationship between creativity and care, it draws a connection between the ecological turn in applied performance research and the aesthetic potential of a care environment. It explores how ideas of interdependence can shape arts practice in care homes, as well as critically informing our understanding of dementia care as a relational practice.

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  • Collaboration
  • Relationality
  • Creativity
  • Ecology
  • Interdependence

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    A detailed overview of the Timeslips history and method can be found on the Timeslips website https://www.timeslips.org/, and also in Anne Basting’s book Forget Memory.

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    This process is documented in the evaluation of their programme RADIQL (Reminiscence Arts and Dementia Impact on Quality of Life), available at https://www.age-exchange.org.uk/what-we-do/inspired-caring/radiql.

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Hatton, N. (2021). Introduction: Performance, Creativity and Care. In: Performance and Dementia. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51077-0_1

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