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Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company

Thompson, Jayne (2019) Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company. Performance Research, 24 (3). pp. 115-121. ISSN 1352-8165. (doi:10.1080/13528165.2019.1583983) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:79039)

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Abstract

This article explores the work of the Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company from its inception, to its most recent production Beyond the Marigolds. The company is an all-female ensemble made up of older women whose ages range from 56 to 86 years. It was co-founded in 2010 by University of Kent lecturers and theatre practitioners, Sian Stevenson and Jayne Thompson. The aim then, and now, is to challenge perceptions of the older woman by creating work for conventional theatre stages and public spaces which privileges the ageing female body in performance. In the nine years since its foundation two key features have emerged in the company’s creative approach and performance aesthetic. The first of these is the use of digital technology and projection which has progressively become embedded in the company’s practice, rehearsal and performance, leading to the development of Doris, an interactive technology tool used in the training and outreach programme. The second is the importance of site within the company’s work. Drawing on accounts from the women in the company, the article explores the pop-up performances in public spaces and focusses in particular on their 2017 Gestures of Defiance intervention on the streets of Paris and the impact on the performers sense of self as older women ‘ … we are coming, we are mature women and look out’.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13528165.2019.1583983
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Jayne Thompson
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2019 16:28 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79039 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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