As a community artist I teach and lead dance for older people of various ages and abilities. I’ve been working regularly with many of my dancers for nearly 6 yrs and I love working with them. This project has emerged from the strong relationship I’ve built with them.
The dancers come into my space to dance. For this film we’re creating 6 dance vignettes in their spaces, places of significance or meaning to them and about something of significance in their current or past life. Locations include a bedroom, a garage, a theatre; a bath on the beach, a float tank, an arts & crafts centre; a beach; and a school playground.
Dance is usually seen as the domain of the young. It’s time such perceptions changed – dance is possible for everyone including older people. The histories, contributions, abilities, talents, personalities, creative flair and value of older people shouldn’t be invisible, undervalued or overlooked.
Older dancers have rich and amazing stories that the world needs to hear, and more importantly, see them telling their stories through dance with creativity and joy. Imagine:
• 101 yr old Jack lying in bed at night choreographing tap routines in his mind.
• 92 yr old Jonny sheltering under a kitchen table with co-dancers in their London digs during the bombing raids of WW2; and at 16 yrs severing her Achilles tendon then rehabilitating herself to dance again.
• 87 yr old Meredyth who has always loved being in water: emerging from the ocean, taking a bath on the beach, and floating in a float tank.
• Val in her 80s being expelled from an adult tap dance class because, according to the teacher, she wasn’t taking it seriously enough.
• 80 yr old Helen almost drowning trying to save her husband who lost his life.
• A group of women in their 70s & 80s all former school teachers visiting a playground recalling stories about their time teaching.
How You Can Help
I’ve spent the last year and a half developing this project working closely with participants with a plan to present it locally, nationally and internationally at dance, arts and film festivals and conferences.
I’ve received some Noosa Council funds to get Suzon Fuks, an internationally renowned artist to film, edit and photograph. NOW I need your help to complete the creative team with a composer and not just any composer. Guy Webster, is a highly experienced and sought after artist who works for instance, with Qld Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre & currently composing for the Commonwealth Games Arts Festival.
Some funds will also go to production costs.
I’m sure you will see the value of this project and join our team by being one of our supporters.
We are so grateful for any donations that come our way, any amount helps AND is 100% tax deductible.
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