The Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company
"This is not about age - it is about being human" "Thrilling" "Delightful and strangely moving" "Inspirational"
Coming of Age: an exhibition of photographs of company members and their work, hosted by Keynes College, University of Kent from 11th May to 22nd June.
Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company offers workshop and performance opportunities for older women. Participants have the opportunity to try out new dance-theatre based skills and make high quality performance projects alongside professional artists. Celebrating life-long creativity, the company challenges views of being an "old" woman, and offers older women a presence in the world of performance where they are rarely offered the opportunity to participate, let alone valued or applauded. Our work considers the funny side of things, the stuff of life, and in order to reach as diverse an audience as possible, we perform both in traditional venues, as well as in public spaces, such as the streets.
Our core company, Moving Memory is a company of women aged between 53 and 83. Work produced includes Moving on Moving, Move, Cracking the Crinoline, More Please, Nattering Nuptials, Coming of Age and Hard. The company's strong concern with the representation of women in society stimulates in the work a unique wry humour reflecting the company's life experiences, the work often startling and surprising audiences. The company have a strong interest in exploring the creative use of digital technologies in choreographing and presenting performance. The company are committed to sharing their practice as widely as possible and have worked in a wide variety of community settings, establishing "Moving Well" Groups in Faversham and Margate, and, thanks to new partnerships with Ideas Test and Woodville Halls, participatory projects will begin in Sittingbourne and Gravesham. The company will be touring their new show, Beyond the Marigolds, in autumn 2016.
This exhibition reflects the company"s vision and the vitality and beauty of our performers, captured over the years by photographer Matt Wilson.