Marks in Time is an International Conference on Dance and Ageing, presented by Asian arts company Chaturangan, in partnership for the first time with Liverpool Hope University, managed by the Aspire Trust. Chaturangan has received support from the Liverpool Culture Company and the event is taking place on 12th and 13th January 2007.
For an activity that is traditional viewed as for young and athletic people, the area of dance will be discussed as an art form for more mature and perhaps less physically fit performers and dance enthusiasts.
Liverpool City Council Leader, Cllr Warren Bradley, said: “An event like this is very valuable as it draws together performance, discussion, debate and looks at ageing in an academic context too. Dance for older people is something that can often be overlooked and it is great to see Liverpool leading the way in addressing the issue.”
The health benefits of dance for older people will lead into showcases from groups like Growing Older (Dis)gracefully (GODs) plus debates about the aesthetics of ageing and whether there is an audience for performances by older dancers.
Over two days, the conference will finish with a look forward to the future of mature dance and how it influences wellness, particularly in the voluntary and charity sectors. It is hoped that senior citizens will be much more involved in decision-making in the area of dance. The conference features speakers from all over Europe including distinguished guests.
Marks of Time will bring together dance practitioners, charity and voluntary workers, local authority staff with an older people remit, pensioners, community groups and carers, to share models of good practice, debate and exchange ideas. It also will feature an excerpt from Body of Experience, a dance performance celebrating mature performers which was co-commissioned by Chaturangan and is currently touring nationally.