A professional study day initiated by KUMQUAT | performing arts in conjunction with the CN D and the biennale de la danse de Lyon, this one-day session is aimed at collectively exploring ways of working and inhabiting the stage beyond the age of 40.
10:00am to 1:00pm
Dancers’ professional careers: what if ageing was an asset?
This first half, dedicated to dancers and choreographers, takes the form of experience feedback on the issue of performers’ on- and off-stage career over the years.
2:30pm to 5:00pm
The dancing body: a matter of gaze and identification?
Open to programmers and all dance-sector professionals, this round table will explore the visibility of age in dancing, accompanying the audience’s gaze and expectations, and how our relationship with age informs the creative process.
Madeline Ritter, the artistic and executive director of Dance On, gives a talk on the theme of „Movement as Memory“. The talk is part of the programme of public events around the exhibition „THIS MAY BE THE PLACE. Performing the museum“ curated by Javier Arozena. Ritter talks about how in dance, knowledge is passed on in a very direct way from generation to generation, from body to body. If this fragile chain is interrupted, the knowledge is lost forever.
The partners came together in Leuven for two days of discussion, sharing and planning, and to see the world premiere of Kiss the One We Are, a collaborative production by Daniel Linehan | Hiatus and the Dance On Ensemble.
Beautifully hosted by STUK House for Dance, Image and Sound at Studio Manhattan.
Javier Arozena, a member of the Dance On Ensemble, co-curated the exhibition „THIS MAY BE THE PLACE. Performing the Museum“ at the Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, which brought ephemeral art forms such as dance and theatre to the space of the museum. What they have in common is that they use body and the performative gesture as raw materials, without producing objects or lasting artefacts. How then can dance have a presence in the museum? How can it be preserved and recognised?
The exhibition focuses on the frictions between the performing arts and museums, and the absence of the so-called living arts in traditional museum spaces. It features material and immaterial pieces, voices and gestures, remains of actions, but also stage and film pieces, as well as the bodies of the performers, which are memory archives in their own right. All these are activated by the movements of the visitors as they walk around the exhibition.
Dance On, Pass On, Dream On’s lead partner has a new name. We celebrated the rebrand and our 11th anniversary with an unforgettable party on the banks of the Spree in Berlin, complete with dance, speeches, food and umbrellas.
With: Ty Boomershine, Alessandra Corti, Julie Anne Stanzak, Àngels Margarit Viñals | Moderation: Madeline Ritter
Four experienced dance artists engage in an open conversation about the process of continuing their active dance careers into their 40s, 50s and 60s, sharing their successes but also the pressures and expectations they have faced from a sector that still often expects dancers to be “young, silent, humble and exploitable” (Jacky Lansley, The Wise Body).
Inviting participation from the congress audience, they cover the following topics: The importance of representation – What happens when older dancers are visible and celebrated in companies and the independent scene? How can audiences of all ages see themselves and their experiences reflected on stage? How can we change negative perceptions of age and ageing in society more generally? The value of experience – Celebrating the role of dancers as keepers and transmitters of embodied knowledge, dance heritage and repertoire. The question of status – How does age affect hierarchical structures in the dance sector and the relationships between dancers, choreographers and company management? Practical considerations – What are examples of best practice, what can be done and what needs to happen now?
The quote is from the text „Some Reasons to Dance“ (1997) by Àngels Margarit Viñals
Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage presents Longevity in Dance, an eclectic mix of bold, playful and poignant films that challenge perceptions of dance and age.
The programme features commissions by internationally acclaimed artists, Charlotta Öfverholm, Nahid Siddiqui, José Losada Santiago and showcases new films by award-winning choreographer and director Eleesha Drennan, Sadler’s Wells Company of Elders and a fly on the wall documentary about iconic dancers Malou Airaudo and Germaine Acogny.
This beautiful collection looks at what makes us spark, the passing of time, our connection with nature, and the legacy we pass on. It’s a celebration of life through dance, and the inherent desire to keep on dancing.