Dance Discourse Project #12

Shifting Ground: Examining the complex terrain at the intersection of dance and aging

Aging is an unavoidable part of life, and its effects on the body pose issues for body-based performers earlier than for many people. In the not so distant past, it seemed as if only humans aged 17 to 32 could show up on Western concert dance stages. Recent blurring of disciplinary boundaries, and aesthetic and cultural innovations embracing diversity have made more room for aging bodies in the contemporary performance space. In DDP12, moderators Mary Armentrout and Jessica Robinson Love and panelists Jess Curtis, Petra Kuppers, and Dr. Albirda Rose examined some of the causes, effects, opportunities and complications of this shift, and then opened the discussion up world cafe style to include the audience in this investigation. Co-produced by Dancers’ Group and CounterPULSE.

Monday, Feb 27, 2012 at 7:00pm
CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St (9th), SF

Pictured: Jess Curtis and collaborators; Photo: Sven Hagolani