Stages of Ageing – the discourse programme of the Coming of Age festival takes a look at those needs in old age, that have so far been neglected in our society and in the structures of the independent theatre scene. In three talks, actors from the Berlin and national independent scene will discuss the following questions:
What could generational justice look like within the dance and performance scene, and how could resources such as labor, money, spaces, and attention be distributed more equitably? How can the desire for sustainability be balanced with the pressure to always present something new? What would be generationally appropriate funding between innovation and continuity? What about the handling and value of a so-called oeuvre and many years of artistic experience? What kind of appreciation is desirable for the lifelong work as an artist? What about the relationship of competition and mutual inspiration between old and young and the “stigma of age” as an invisible criterion in both the eligibility for funding and the selection of programs? Innovation over 50 years of age – is it possible, is there such a thing? How do groups and companies organize their intergenerational transitions and what are some best-practice examples?
Stages of Ageing II is a national talk about visibility, wishes and best practice on ageing in the performing arts. With a keynote by Silke van Dyk (Professor of Political Sociology at the Institute of Sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena with a research focus on the sociology of age and demography, among other things) and subsequent discussion with Angie Hiesl (choreographer, performance and installation artist/Cologne, among other things initiator of the online symposium “War schön, kann weg … Alter(n) in der darstellenden Kunst”), Hannah Zufall (author, theater maker/Berlin, co-initiator of The Golden Age Network), Almuth Fricke (director of kubia – Kompetenzzentrum für kulturelle Bildung im Alter und Inklusion, Cologne), Janina Benduski (advisory board member and co-initiator of the study Systemcheck/Bundesverband freie darstellende Künste, PAP Berlin).
The event takes place on Zoom and lasts a maximum of two hours without a break. It will take place in German spoken language and will be translated into German sign language (DGS). Please select the speaker view in the upper right corner to make sure you have a good view of the interpreter window. If you have any questions or need more information about accessibility, please contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35.
Moderation Franziska Werner GUESTS Janina Benduski, Silke van Dyk, Almuth Fricke, Angie Hiesl, Hannah Zufall (The Golden Age Network) TRANSLATION INTO GERMAN SIGN LANGUAGE Oya Ataman, Aileen Brennan