The Aging Body

In the The Aging Body different approaches are used to reflect on dance in relation to the aging body. During the Festival there are various moments to get to know more about this relevant subject.

The Aging Body I: Meet the Artist

‘Laugh and grow fat. Dance and grow fat.’

Eun-Me Ahn, some call her the “Korean Pina Bausch”, is a daredevil. Prior to her famous production Dancing Grandmothers, in which she invited ten Korean grandmothers to partici­pate, you can meet Eun-Me Ahn in person. She will tell all about the performance, what it’s like to grow up in Korea, and she will give some recommendations on how to ex­perience the performance. After the interview you can enjoy a delightful vegetarian dinner with a Korean twist.

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The Aging Body II: Surprise

Come to the foyer of Theater aan het Spui before the start of the performance Good [old] Times, Into my arms and allow yourself to be surprised by The Aging Body II. 

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The Aging Body III: Seminar Health and Aging in Dancers

When working with the aging body, important mental and physical health related issues arise. The professor­ship of Codarts Rotterdam (University of the Arts) focus­ses on monitoring and preventing mental and physical health issues in performing artist. In this seminar the amount, severity and characteristics of mental and physical health problems will be discussed as well as preven­tive strategies.

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The Aging Body IV: Working Conference Dance & the Eldery: Quality of Life and the Role of Dance

What is the impact of dance on the quality of life of the elderly? Dance initiatives are increasingly more visible in the social domain and explore the potential to imple­ment the power of dance here. This working conference offers a platform to a number of initiatives to present themselves, after which we will exchange knowledge and information and debate a selection of topics.

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The Aging Body is part of Dance On, Pass On, Dream On.

Dance On, Pass On, Dream On is a large-scale co-opera­tion project developed by nine distinctive dance instituti­ons from eight countries to address ageism in the dancesector and in society. Led by Berlin-based non-profit cul­tural agency DIEHL+RITTER, the partners are Belgrade Dance Festival, Codarts Rotterdam (University of the Arts), Belgian choreographer Jan Martens company GRIP, Fest­spielhaus St. Pölten, Holland Dance Festival, the Swedish Dance Company Jus de la Vie, Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia and Sadler’s Wells.

The partnership, with its organizational expertise and Europe-wide network of performance venues, festivals and educational institutions, will make a difference: in­stead of continuing to ignore and sideline older dancers and older bodies in general, it showcases and cele­brates the richness of age and experience – on stage and in society. Dance On, Pass On, Dream On runs from June 2016 to May 2019 and is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.