By Charlotta Öfverholm
Age on Stage is a project created by Charlotta Öfverholm presenting maturity on stage, questioning the norms in the dance field through international productions with dancers over 45, workshops for people over 65, films, festivals and seminars.
After 25 years they have nothing more to prove. Only the strong longing to be themselves, to mold what means the most – to shake the world wordlessly, bottomless and carefree. And they fucking burn for it!
How would it be to let extraordinary dancers continue to perform after the age of 45? If their experiences and skills were available to the world of dance and its audience? Age on Stage is an initiative of the artistic director, choreographer and dancer Charlotta Öfverholm in order to demonstrate the value of age in dance in particular and society in general. The starting point was the festival Fucking Burn It – Age on Stage that took place in Stockholm October 2015, celebrating the mature dancer who still are on stage.
- Stage and film productions. Inspire through dance and film productions with repertoire that focuses on the dancer’s artistic brilliance over the age of 45 with internationally recognized choreographers.
- Workshop for 65+. Interaction and participation through workshops for people over 65: a socio-political contribution by older people’s participation enriches the public’s relationship to dance, which is accompanied by a supplementary research.
- Conferences Age on Stage International Meeting Point. Annual conference with international speakers, research results from workshop with elderly, films and performances all on the subject of age and stage. Read more about the conferences >
Age on stage is one of 9 partners in the EU project Dance On, Pass On, Dream On.
Dance On, Pass On, Dream On proposes an ambitious strategy for a sustainable dance praxis that values the richness of age and experience – on stage and off. Nine distinctive dance institutions from eight countries come together to tackle the problem of ageism in the dance sector and in society. United in the belief that ageing is simply a state of being in constant motion, they aim to achieve a shift in awareness concerning the multifaceted beauty of age in dance.
“It is not true that people stop pursuing their dreams because they get older. We only grow old when we stop pursuing our dreams” Donald Tusk, President of the European Parliament, quoting Gabriel García Màrquez
Dance On, Pass On, Dream On is a large-scale cooperation project developed by nine distinctive dance institutions from eight countries to address ageism in the dance sector and in society. Led by Berlin-based non-profit cultural agency Diehl+Ritter, the partners are Belgrade Dance Festival, CODARTS University of the Arts, the Belgian choreographer Jan Martens’ company GRIP, the Austrian Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Holland Dance Festival, the Swedish dance company Jus de la Vie, Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia, and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.
The partnership, with its organisational 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 will showcase and celebrate the richness of age and experience – on stage and in society. DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Manager Anna Cederberg, firstname.lastname@example.org +46-70-910 3821
Technical director Tobias Hallgren, email@example.com +46-70-974 3608
Artistic director Charlotta Öfverholm, firstname.lastname@example.org +46-70-566 7939
Supported by Kulturbryggan, Creative Europé EU, Statens Kulturråd, Stockholms Stads kulturförvaltning and Postkodlotteriet.