News: The French dancers for whom age is no barrier

Monday 14 March 2016 by Denise Drake

Marie-Claude Pietragalla
Photo: Philippe Huguen/Getty

Five years ago France had barely half a dozen professional dancers over 60, now they’re increasingly common. These performers don’t believe in a best-before date and they dismiss the notion of dance as the preserve of youthful, technically impressive virtuosos.

Choreographer Germaine Acogny, 72; Mariko Aoyama, 65, a former member of Pina Bausch’s company; Raimund Hoghe, 66, choreographer and also former collaborator with Bausch; and Ana Laguna, 61, the Spanish dancer and choreographer. All of them continue to work. “And I want it to last,” says Acogny, whose solo piece, A un Endroit du Début, recently had its premiere in Paris. “I don’t want to stop. I think we’re still giving the audience something.”

Read the full article in the Guardian 27 February 2016.

Photo: Marie-Claude Pietragalla by Philippe Huguen/Getty

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