April 27 2019 14.00-18.00 Dansens Hus
Age on Stage´s yearly minifestival with lectures, discussions, film premieres, research results, performances and mingle. All around and about age and stage.
2019 years focus is the body.
How to keep it danceable in a later age.
We have invited incredible pioneering doctors, sports scientists and therapists from all over the world who are exchanging non-functional bodyparts and giving extraordinary rehab to dancers and athletes.
How can one keep dancing forever?
12.00-12.30 Anders J. Larsson– Filmmaker premiering a new documentary: “Jag vill bara dansa”, where he followed 22 remarkable people between 68-85 rehearsing and creating STORIES and their feelings and reflections around their own body and mind in connection to dance.
It is a documentary movie about challenging oneself both body and mind, about passion and joy, pain and setbacks, but above all about what dancing can do to us humans. Talks with the performers.
12.30-12.50 Joce Giles 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.
13.00-13.50 Christopher Roman– Ex director of The Forsythe Company and Dance On Ensemble will talk about responsibility! for our bodies, our collaborations, our field at large and how it is not enough to represent our art-form only onstage artistically but also politically, socially, administratively, philosophically, so that it does not become completely appropriated by others who, perhaps innocently, begin to describe or define an art-form they are not physically and creatively invested in.
14.00-14.10 Ninna Riddarström and Staffan Sörensson presenting the Age on Stage research website with Cecilia Ferm Almqvist and Ninnie Andersson, revealing their results and observations of workshops for people 65+.
14.10-14.30 Intermission with snacks
14.30-15.00 We proudly present Liz Aggiss (UK), and her show 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
15.10-16.00 Anders J. Larsson film FORCE– när dansens är livet and 2nd edition
A documentary about an extraordinary artist:
Charlotta Öfverholm. She is a rare force of nature, a woman who refuses to impose limits on herself or her art.
Charlotta Öfverholm’s entire adult life, as well as a large part of her childhood and early years, has been filled with dance and every- thing that comes in its train. She has worked as performer and choreographer with with some of the world’s most renowned artists, enthralling both them and her audience. She sees herself as continuously striving to achieve perfection; others see her as wild and beautiful, bizarre and intoxicating. A workaholic imbued with heart and unconquerable forcefulness, whose commanding scenic pres- ence is welcome in the US, France, the Czech- Republic, and Germany. And even in her home country Sweden, where she is sometimes perceived as something of a rare bird – as far from that country’s vaulted virtues of modera- tion and prudence as it is possible to get – she enjoys a devoted following.
She has run her own dance company, choreo- graphed countless dance scenes and been an inspired teacher. Her body is her closest friend. She has cared for it to the best of her ability but always challenged it to the limit. Although not immune to the wear and tear that full-time dancers unrelentingly subject themselves to
– at the age of 50 her hip joint is now made of titanium – her will of steel remains as unbend- ing as ever. Many of her peers gave up dancing a long time ago. But how can you stop doing something that is central to your very way of being?
For two years, filmmaker Anders J Larsson and his camera followed Charlotta Öfverholm. The result is an inspiring film about a woman and her raison d’être: dance.
Moderators: Ninna Riddarström & Staffan Sörenson will take us through the day.
Dr. Markus Preis/ Wiesbaden Germany
Foot surgeon with speciality” complete ankle replacement” as well asexchanging other parts of the feet.
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.
Dr. Laude/ Paris, FR
Is one of the most successful hip surgeons in the world. Works with minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery.
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.
Charlotta Öfverholm Artistic director, Performer
Is the initiator of Age on Stage in Sweden. Followed by the festival FUCKING BURN IT- Age on Stage fall 2015. She is burning for the continuation of creating a platform for dance, experienced artists and dance as a tool for creativity, vitality and passion.
Charlotta had a complete hip replacement 4 years ago done by dr Frederick Laude in Paris. She was in balletclass 2 months later and on stage 3 months after surgery. 10 months ago she had to do the same kind of surgery to her left ankle- a total ankle replacement. She is the first professional dancer in the world undergoing this procedure, which was made by Dr Preis in Wiesbaden DE. She wants to give celebrate these incredible doctors as well as give information to the rest of her business as well as to the health care practitioners. She was alos blessed to get rehab at Auf Schalke klink in Gelsenkirchen and is forever thank ful to physiotherapist Ewa Heidvall who rund Sport och Rehabkliniken in Stockholm.
Since the start of Compagnie Jus de la Vie 1995, Öfverholm has created over 25 productions, which has toured all over Europe, North and South America and Africa. Her work is physical dance theatre with depth, irony, brutality and humour. Charlotta’s connection to this year’s theme of body isas well an interest in how to dance at a later age but also as she herself has undergone surgery to replace a hip joint and a full ankle replacement.
She has a background as dancer with numerous companies such as DV 8 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 Björn Elisson Kompani in Stockholm among others. Charlotta choreographs commissioned works for companies such as Norrdans/SE, Vertedance Prague/CZ, Ballet Linz/AU, Tanztheater Münster/DE, Folkoperan/SWE, Gothenburg Dance Company/SWE, Peridance CDC/NYC among others. She has choreographed films and documentaries for Swedish Television. She teaches and choreographs for schools and universities all over the world and enjoys meeting and giving to new generations of dance.
Dr Exner Grave/ Gelsenkirchen, DE
Director of Medicos Auf Schalke, a rehab centre for dancers
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.
Sport scientist Patrick Rump/ London, UK and Frankfurt, DE
Director of GJUUM, rehab centre at the Royal Ballet i London & former Forsythe Company in Frankfurt
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.