DANCE ON is an initiative for dancers over the age of 40.
It has been conceived by Diehl+Ritter and made possible thanks to the support of Germany’s Representative for Culture and Media Affairs (BKM). Madeline Ritter is the executive artistic director of the DANCE ON project, which is based in Berlin.
It is a multi-faceted initiative, but at its core is the DANCE ON Ensemble, which will be made up of dancers aged over 40 who will collaborate in the creation of new work with a select group of some of today’s most interesting choreographers and theatre makers. Work will be carried out under the artistic direction of Christopher Roman. The sustainability of these artists’ experience and the physical embodiment of the culmination of their life’s work are two reasons why DANCE ON is such a key initiative in the current dance landscape . The creation of new work aims to highlight the value of these artists as well as the need for their presence, as they continue to contribute to today‘s dance dialogue.
The pilot phase of the project will include creations by Jonathan Burrows& Matteo Fargion, Rabih Mroué and William Forsythe, among others, while the first cycle of DANCE ON will run from November 2015 – December 2017.
The ensemble will comprise six dancers who will be performing a minimum of six new works over the course of the first cycle. The performances will take place in collaboration with national and international DANCE ON partners, such as Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen, Tanzhaus NRW, Dusseldorf, Centre National de la Danse, Paris, and Holland Dance Festival, the Hague.
In addition to the ensemble’s work, the DANCE ON Festival in Ludwigshafen, which will include commissioned productions, international guest performances and a symposium, will be another highlight in the pilot phase of the project. The cross-generational education programme DANCE ON Local, which will accompany the ensemble on the road, aims to spark sustainable socio-political ideas and activities in the local area, while the DANCE ON Research element aims to make a contribution to neurocognitive science, philosophy and sports science from the perspective of practice, discipline and skill, and in doing so enter the on-going dialogue on what it means to be a mature dance performer.
DIEHL+RITTER gUG (haftungsbeschränkt)