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Dancing with malignant brain tumour

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There's an interesting article about Catherine Wreford, who's preparing to dance in a new production of Romeo and Juliet with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, despite having a malignant brain tumour for 6 years.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47056874

 

Particularly inspiring are her comments about how her short term memory problems make dancing easier than dialogue.. and how she and her colleagues are working round this limitation:
 

"I'm proud of myself if I can get through an audition without messing up the lines. But choreography still sticks in my head, that's a different part of my brain."......

Wreford tells directors and producers of her condition in advance, who make allowances for her needs....."When I play a bigger role, the people who hire me know the situation and send me everything way ahead of time so I can sing it and learn the lines three times a day, so it moves more from my short term memory to my long term memory," she explains. 

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