Contemporary Dance Companies that use older dancers

by Helen Kirby
(Wiltshire)

Do you know of any contemporary dance companies that specialize in using older dancers (40+) or companies that use some older dancers?

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Oct 28, 2011
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Dear Helen,

Have you heard of From Here to Maturity Dance Company? Here's the link to their website, in case you want to know more about them: Go to From Here to Maturity Dance Company

Until 2006, the Nederlands Dans Theater III existed also. It was the division of this company for older dancers. It was created thanks to the initiative of Jiří Kylián, but because of financial problems it was discontinued. Though, plans to maintain the group and realize new projects stayed alive and they might be active in some way nowadays. Here's the link to the main company's website: Go to Nederlands Dans Theater

Here's another option: Striking Attitudes

I'm not aware of the existence of many companies that specialize exclusively in using older dancers. However, I know that many European choreographers use mature performers (whether you call them dancers, actors or whatever) in their choreographic projects.

Just to name a few, here are some examples:

- Needcompany. Choreographer: Jan Lawers. Website: Go to Needcompany

- Peeping Tom. Founding members: Gabriela Carrizo, Chartier, Eurudike De Beul and Simon Versnel. Website: Go to Peeping Tom Dance Theater

- Tanztheater Wuppertal. Founding choreographer: Pina Bausch. Website:Go to Tanztheater Wuppertal



I hope this gives you some help with your research. Don't hesitate to come back with more questions or to participate at contemporary-dance.org in any other way!

Warm regards,

Maria

Dec 28, 2011
Across The Ags Dance Project
by: Marcie Mitler

is an annual show in Cambridge MA, featuring 5 unique choreographers with the task of creating a dances for an inter generational ensemble. Last years show sold out both nights. This years will be June 1,2 3 2012.

Oct 12, 2013
3G
by: Julie

Trois Generations is a contemporary piece choreographed by Jean-Claude Gallotta, and performed by 24 dancers- 8 children, 8 young professionals, and 8 elders (aged 50+), who dance the same piece of choreography. This piece has been performed by local dancers in several capital cities in the world, starting in France, the most recent was in Perth, western Australia for the Perth International arts Festival. its premise is that dance has no age. It is a most beautiful and moving piece. I think Jean-Claude is not averse to using older dancers in his company in Grenoble.

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