A group of 13 people around and above fifty years of age who develop and publicly perform contamporary dance performances. The company was founded 2008 in Vienna, Austria.
old and dancing is not a contradiction
Foto: Christian BednarikGetting old(er) is neither an achievement nor a disease. It’s part of life. We older people don’t want to be put on the back burner but take part in an active way in all parts of society. We want to be seen and heard. We want to have space in public.
Best-practice example: the AGE COMPANY. People who are fifty and older develop and present contemporary dance performances.
I was not only a co-founder of the AGE COMPANY. I also perform on stage. I indulge in being courageous.
At present, the AGE COMPANY consists of 13 women. Men haven’t shown interest in joining. Nicole Berndt-Caccivio is our art director. She is a dancer, choreographist, and dance teacher, living in Berlin/Germany.
Since founding the AGE COMPANY in October 2008, the following performances have been shown (also in other Austrian feder states such as Lower Austria, Carinthia, Salzburg, Vorarlberg, and Burgenland): „Richtungswechsel“ (Change of Direction): first performed October 1st & 2nd, 2009 at Theater Spielraum, Vienna, then shown at the “Österreich tanzt” (Austria dances) festival at Festspielhaus St. Pölten, May 2010.
„Erschreckend? aktuell!“ (Alarmingly Newsworthy), first performed October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2010 at Theater-Spielraum, Vienna.
„Achtung Deadline“ (Mind the Deadline), first performed April 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2012, as well as December 4th & 5th, 2012 at Palais Kabelwerk, Vienna as well as "Die lange Nacht des Tanzes", Salzburg ,March 2013, as well Linz and Ebensee, OÖ,
„Was heißt denn hier Ruhestand“ (Retirement, What’s That?), is a film by Kurt Brazda (director) and Benjamin Epp (camera). They accompanied the AGE COMPANY for a year, including the performance of "Erschreckend? aktuell!!" ("Alarmingly? Newsworthy!!") The film premiered April 19, 2012 at Filmhaus Spittelberg, Vienna. 3sat broadcast it September 26, 2012.
The AGE COMPANY as an innovative project strongly correlates with the current demographic development. We’re all living longer.
International studies prove the positive influence of art and creativity on the health and well-being of ageing people. Dance is one of the oldest forms of art and one of the primordial ways of expression. It has been shown that dance is not only a very efficient training for body and mind. Dancing also improves creativity and memory, thus doing its bit to keep up physical and mental mobility.
Up until lately, the option of expressing oneself artistically using contemporary dance has hardly been used by ageing people. It just doesn’t fit the stereotype that society offers to categorize its older citizens. At the same time, contemporary dance didn’t feature in the self-perception of older people. In the meantime, examples from Europe and all over the world have shown that “Old Age” companies are definitely artistically important.