DANCE ON pilot project: New CREATIONS for dancers aged 40+

What would it be like if exceptional dancers didn’t retire at 40 but continued showing their great art on stage?

The image of dance is stamped with the extraordinary ability of young dancers. There are almost no choreographies that are suitable for the changed physical conditions of older dancers and very few dance companies that employ dancers aged over 40. This is a loss for dance and society, as experienced, mature dancers are especially capable of reaching the intellectual and emotional depths of choreographic material. Their radiance and impressive interpretative powers expand the audience’s dance experience by a key dimension.

DANCE ON
creates a unique perspective on the development and presentation of this artistic potential. Internationally renowned choreographers and artists will be working with dancers from the project ensemble to create DANCE ON 1st EDITION, a basic repertoire of works for dancers aged over 40. The productions will tour nationally and internationally and reach a large audience. The cross-generational educational programme DANCE ON LOCAL, which will accompany the performances on the road, will generate sustainable socio-political stimuli in the local area.

DANCE ON will create strong alliances with co-production partners – on an national and international level, anmong them Theater im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen, Kampnagel Hamburg, tanzhaus nrw, Berliner Ensemble, Sadlers Wells London, Holland Dance Festival, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Belgrade Dance Festival, and ADC - Association pour la Danse Contemporaine Genève. These alliances will ensure the DANCE ON concept is implemented sustainably and make an active contribution to establishing a dance repertoire 40+.

The DANCE ON concept is currently in its pilot phase, which will last for four years. It has an accompanying research programme and will be evaluated at the end of the term. DANCE ON RESEARCH enriches the largely undeveloped body of research for Dance and Age with scientifically evaluated knowledge gained from the project.

In 2016 the Creative Europe-funded large scale cooperation project DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON was launched, bringing together nine partner organisations from eight European countries to address the problem of ageism in the dance sector. DIEHL+RITTER is the lead partner and project coordinator, and DANCE ON plays a central role within the project.

DANCE ON is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON.