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2/6 – 2018, 12.00-16.00, Dansens Hus Stockholm
Following our well-attended seminar in 2015 and 2017 we present a minifestival with lectures, discussions, film, research results, performance and mingle. All around and about age and stage.
Charlotta Öfverholm, the initiator of Age on Stage will open the festival day with her one woman show “Lucky”.
”Between life and death is where the immoderate borderless stage persona Charlotta Öfverholm has created for herself in the solo LUCKY – an ironic collage of happiness with sharp changes between humour and tragedy, faith and doubt”
We proudly present Liz Aggiss (UK), who will be closing our festival day with SLAP AND TICKLE. Liz Aggiss is an un-disciplined artist with an un-disciplined body of work. This does not mean she is undisciplined. Au contraire. She is exceptionally disciplined. Dodging categorization and being classified as unclassifiable, has been a full time job.
Born on Nanny Goats Common, Dagenham, Essex, a post war baby, into a repressive era in the suburbs, where parents were truly in charge and children were seen and not heard, Liz Aggiss never had a clue who she was or what she wanted to do, she just knew she would like to be seen and heard. After cantering into the sunset, as soon as was decently possible, she accidentally stumbled into the arts and started moving in a mysterious manner and shouting………rather a lot.Liz Aggiss has been described as: maverick, challenging, anarchic, indomitable, dangerous, uncompromising, subversive, fearless, funny, powerfully disturbing yet vulnerable.Liz Aggiss simply says…..I am lizaggiss.
“Slap and Tickle is a pointed and bawdily funny exploration of what it means to refuse to act your age.” Lyn Gardner theguardian.com
Joce will give us an insight to the Elixir Festival – this presentation will look at the Sadler’s Wells’ large-scale festival that celebrates lifelong creativity and highlights the value of mature artists. In his current role at Sadler’s Wells, Joce leads the Learning and Engagement department, which delivers a broad range of work for people of all ages and backgrounds in London and across England. Joce oversaw the Elixir Festival 2017, which included performances by over 300 professional and non-professional dancers as well workshops and a conference.
Christoper Roman, the ex director of the Forsythe Company and Dance On Ensemble with a long carriere behind him as dancer all over the world gives his view of life and more.
Samuel Wuersten, Artistic and Executive Director of Holland Dance festival. Special guest
Anders J Larsson
Anders will premiere with his new documentary movie – I just want to dance. In the movie we get to follow around 20 dancers in their work with putting up an entire performance. The work is led by the renowned choreographer Charlotta Öfverholm and what makes it unique is that all of the dancers are from the age of 68 up to 85 years old and also lacks previous experience within dancing. We get an insight in both the physical process to express personal stories with the body as well as the feeling and reflections the project brings about in the participants. It is a documentary movie about challenging oneself both body and mind, about passiom and joy, pain and setbacks, but above all about what dancing can do to us humans.
Cecilia Ferm-Almqvist and Ninnie Andersson
Cecilia and Ninnie are researchers at Luleå Tekniska Universitet, and have observed and interpreted the effects of dance for seniors over the age of 65+.. Research results after 2 years of studying dance workshops for 65+ will be revealed and website presented.
Moderators: Ninna Riddarström & Staffan Sörenson will take us through the day.
LECTURER & PERFORMERS
JOCE GILLES Lecturer / Elixir Festival Sadlers Wells
Joce trained at the Royal Ballet School before working as a dancer with the Peter Schaufuss Ballet in Denmark in 1997 and then Scottish Ballet in 1998. Joce left Scottish Ballet in 2004 and moved into arts management, taking up the role of Dance Development Officer at The Works; Dance and Theatre Cornwall. He subsequently joined Rambert dance company in 2007 as Head of Learning and Participation and in 2014 was promoted to Director of Creative Projects, overseeing the organisation’s learning and participation department, artist development, and programming at its South Bank studios. Joce joined Sadler’s Wells as Director of Learning and Engagement in 2016.
CHRISTOPHER ROMAN Artistic Director and Dancer (USA)
Christopher Roman began his formal training with The School of Cleveland Ballet, continuing at The School of American Ballet in New York City. He was invited into the ranks of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and danced as a soloist and principal with Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company. In 2009 he received Germany’s highest theatre honour – Deutscher Theaterpreis DER FAUST – for best performance. He is the European MFA Study Curator and Co-ordinator for Hollins University in the US. From 2013 to 2015, Christopher was Associate Artistic Director of The Forsythe Company. He is a Trustee for the Forsythe Foundation.
LIZ AGGISS Performer/ Creator
For the past 40 years Liz Aggiss has been re(de)fining her own brand of British contemporary dance performance, blurring the boundaries between high art and popular culture; from the early 80’s supporting punk legends The Stranglers with her visual cabaret troupe The Wild Wigglers: to her classic solo Grotesque.
Dancer: to the dance/opera duet Falling Apart at the Seams: to the award winning dance film Motion Control: to Guerrilla Dance interventions: to the unconventional Performance Lecture Survival Tactics: to her cross disciplinary performance The English Channel: to her current solo Slap and Tickle. She received the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award 1994, Arts Council Dance Fellowship 2003, is Emeritus Professor University of Brighton and received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Chichester and Gothenburg Sweden.
CHARLOTTA ÖFVERHOLM Artistic director, Performer
Since the start of Compagnie Jus de la Vie 1995, Swedish Öfverholm has created over 25 productions, which have toured all over Europe, North and South America and Africa. Her work is physical dance theatre with depth, irony, brutality and humour.
Öfverholm graduated from Balettakademien, Alvin Ailey ADC (NYC), is a theatre graduate of UCLA in Film/TV/Video and from The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (LA). She has a background as dancer with numerous companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre/Lloyd Newson, Bill T. Jones/NYC, Sean Curran /NYC, Complexions/ NYC, Farm in the Cave/Viliam Docolomansky/ Prague, Roberto Galván/ Tanzcompagnie Giessen, Joseph Tmim /Toláda Berlin, Ramon Oller/ Metros Barcelona, Robert Poole/ Ballet Linz, Cie Corinne Lanselle in Paris, Dorte Olesen and Richard Turpin at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and Björn Elisson Kompani in Stockholm among others.
Lead roles include Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Landestheatre Linz by Robert Poole), Alice in Alice in Wonderland (Stadttheater Giessen by Roberto Galvan), and Lola in Lola and Mr Talk at Divadlo Archa (by Jan Kodet) for which she was nominated a Thalia Prize at the National Theatre in Prague CZ 2005. She performed in musicals like Cabaret at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and Leva Livet at Chinateatern, Stockholm. Charlotta choreographs commissioned works for companies such as Norrdans/SW, Vertedance Prague/CZ, Ballet Linz/AU, Tanztheater Münster/DE, Folkoperan/SWE and Gothenburg Dance Company/SWE. She has choreographed films and documentaries for Swedish Television among them Holiday and Bortkopplad by Anna Duell and Gunstlingen by Astrid Ohlsén. Coordinates and programmes for Balettakademien’s International Summer festival since 2005. Created Fucking burn it – Age on Stage 2015, a big festival about age and dance. Seminars, performances, films, workshops with mature dancers from all over the world.
CECILIA FERM-ALMQVIST Researcher, Luleå Tekniska Universitet
PhD Cecilia Ferm-Almquist is a Full Professor of music education at Luleå University of Technology Sweden, where she graduated in 2004 on a phenomenological thesis about teaching and learning interaction in music classrooms.
Her philosophical and empirical research focuses upon democracy and inclusion in diverse music educational settings, as for example music teacher education, assessment situations in the music classroom, and special educational contexts. Sha has presented her work internationally at several music educational conferences and in well-known scientific journals such as RSME, PMER, BJME, IJME, VRME, and Reconstruction.
NINNIE ANDERSSON Researcher, Luleå Tekniska Universitet
PhD Ninnie Andersson is an assistant professor in education at Luleå University of Technology Sweden, where she graduated in 2016 on a phenomenological thesis about assessment in dance education in upper secondary schools.
Ninnie has presented her work internationally at educational conferences focusing on dance as well as assessment. Beside her research she is a legitimized dance teacher with main focus in jazz dance. She has been certified in the Simonson technique by Linn Simonson and since 2013 she teaches the certification course of Simonson Method of Teacher Training.
ANDERS J LARSSON Filmmaker / Documentation
Anders is a freelance photographer and filmmaker with focus on dance and stage productions both in Sweden and internationally. With premiere March 2013, he created video projections for a full evening choreography, 4 Feet Under, by Charlotta Öfverholm, for Tanztheater Münster, Germany.
He works continuously with Balettakademien in Stockholm and has several cooperations with dancers and choreographers for photo and film productions. The dance film RASA was created together with Karin Lundqvist and Tine Matulessy and showed at Gallery Young Art during 2012. Anders is educated at Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm where he now also gives courses in film making and business acumen. www.andersjlarsson.se