DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON is a large-scale project developed by nine distinctive dance institutions from eight countries to address ageism in the dance sector and in society.
The partners are: Diehl+Ritter (lead partner), Belgrade Dance Festival, CODARTS University of the Arts in The Hague, Belgian choreographer Jan Martens‘ company GRIP, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Holland Dance Festival, the Swedish dance company Jus de la Vie, Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia, and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London
The project encompasses three strands:
DANCE ON presents a model for a sustainable career in dance. A new company of dancers over 40 develops, performs and tours an expanding repertoire of dance works by the most celebrated international choreographers, challenging assumptions of when dancers’ careers would usually end.
PASS ON investigates ways of passing on knowledge in an ephemeral and experiential art form such as dance. Academic studies and research projects by sports scientists, dance scholars and social scientists combine with experiential and performative forms of knowledge transfer, where dancers and choreographers experiment with digital forms of documentation.
DREAM ON invites older people to move and express themselves, asking questions about how we want to live when we get old. Local dance projects, participatory performances and intergenerational projects give older people a voice, as well as fostering new encounters and shared experiences.
June 2016 – May 2019
Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union