(2015) STAGING AGES is an intergenerational project in collaboration with five dancers aged 10 – 66 that sits at the intersection of dance and performance. The work explores the meetings between generations and how we feel about our public and private selves at different stages.  Moving between the playful and furtive, childish innocence and adult desire, H2DANCE investigates the generation gap, norms and taboos, dignity, expectations and prejudices.
The audience gets to know the dancers through a parade of encounters, memories and future projections based on their personal experiences of age and time. The dancers swap roles and jump in and out of each other’s scenes as extras and protagonists. The meeting between generations and how we see ourselves in public and private sphere is central to the work. What is the transition from child to adult and from adult to older person? What are the norms, conventions and societal expectations surrounding each age?


Concept, choreography and direction:
Hanna Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard
Music: Sylvia Hallett
Lighting design: Andy Hammond
Dancers: Emilyn Claid, Darren Anderson, Laura Doehler alongside young dancers Honey Codrington-Makwana, Sandro Gillgren Bonfanti, Sean Dodgson and Ella Sophoclides.
Photo: Benedict Johnson
Funded by Arts Council England, Norwegian Arts Council, Swedish Arts Council and Region Värmland, Sweden. Co produced by Riksteatern, Karlstad Sweden, DansiT, Trondheim Norway, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans, DanceEast Ipswich, The Place London and Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth.

what the press says
Dance Tabs:
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Love London Love Culture: staging-ages-by-h2-dance-the-place/

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