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.
LONDON 2016 REVIEW
"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.
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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.
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Choreography Hege HaagenrudMusic Rebekka Karijord Lighting design Martin MyrvoldDramaturgy 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
THU 20 OCTOBERMEET THE ARTIST4-5.30PM
BOTH TALKS £5 OR FREE WITH BOOKING SHOW TICKET
RT @livedbody80: @rebekkakarijord @DanceUmbrellaUK #movemybodywhileitstillyoung moved me to tears.
@kevinwratten @DanceUmbrellaUK @Sadlers_Wells It was delightful and joyous! I especially liked how the company's characters came across.
REVIEW: Hege Haagenrud's "Use my body..." @ThePlaceLondon @DanceUmbrellaUK. Lynette Halewood, ★★★★✰… https://t.co/ko7OvTadwZ