a Use my body while it's still young Photo: Siren Lauvdal

In an age obsessed with the worship of youth, and beauty defined through youth, where does that leave those who are no longer young?

It is this issue that award-winning Norwegian choreographer Hege Haagenrud explores in her extraordinarily insightful Use My Body While It’s Still Young.  Danced by four performers aged 65 to 79, all of whom have had long and successful careers as dancers, it confronts our preconceptions with the reality and sensuality of ageing. 

The music, played live by composer Rebekka Karijord, accompanies video footage and recordings of personal stories.  Haagenrud makes a welcome return to Dance Umbrella following performances at the Unicorn 2014 with this memorable work for adults.


"The only possible problem with this fantastic show is it ends too soon. Like life itself."                                          4**** londonthatre1.com - read the full review here


“A wonderful show where four legendary dancers show that age is no obstacle for a worthy (stage) life."  - Dagsavisen


Meet the Artists – Join choreographer Hege Haagenrud and dancers from the show as they talk in depth about its creation.

Creative Aging Centre Stage – Panel Discussion, with Spectator School at The Place
Join director and dramaturg, Peggy Olislaegers, invited speakers and you the audience to discuss how dance and performance are playing a role in how we value our older self.

If you require a wheelchair space, please book via The Place Box office in person, telephone 020 7121 1100 or through The Place website here.

The venue is fully accessible. The theatre in standard set up has a range of seating options including four wheelchair spaces with two positioned upstairs and two at stage level, all are accessible via the lift. The venue also has step free access both upstairs and at stage level. The theatre has a Sennheiser induction loop system with pre bookable head sets. These amplify the sound through ear pieces with volume control or neck bands, which transfer the amplified signal to your hearing aid when switched to the T position.

Full access information can be found on The Place website here.

Choreography Hege Haagenrud
Music Rebekka Karijord
Lighting design Martin Myrvold
Dramaturgy Mads Sjøgård Pettersen
Text/Voice-over Per Fugelli and others
Cast Siv Ander, Gerard Lemaitre, Brian Toney and Aase With

Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with The Place

Supported by the Royal Norwegian EmbassyWith additional support from Arts Council Norway, the Audio and Visual Fund, FFUK, Fritt Ord, Fond for lyd og bilde and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee

Wed 19-Thu 20 Oct

Use my body while it's still young

Hege Haagenrud
The Place
Duke's Road, WC1
19-20 October

£18 (£12 concs)
50 mins / no interval

Contains nudity





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