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?
In addition to the two discussions, which can be viewed live at Sophiensæle as well as on livestream, there will be a digital peer-to-peer work session on October 27, 2021 (register by September 30 here). By matching age-spanning work pairs, we will seek to build intergenerational alliances and take the first steps towards solidarity-based shifts in models of support in old age.
OCTOBER 25 | 7 PM | Festsaal AND ON LIVESTREAM
BEST AGER I: AGEING IN THE INDEPENDENT SCENE – THE BERLIN PANEL
Discussion on the topic of ageing and intergenerational justice in the Berlin independent scene as well as presentation of a position paper by the AG Konzeptgeförderte Gruppen for the interests of artists and groups working in Berlin for many years.
Moderation Joy Kristin Kalu, Franziska Werner
OCTOBER 26 | 7 PM | on zoom
BEST AGER II: AGEING IN THE INDEPENDENT SCENE – THE NATIONAL PANEL
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.
Moderation Joy Kristin Kalu, Franziska Werner GUESTS Silke van Dyk
OCTOBER 27 | 10 AM – 3 PM (WITH AN ONE HOUR LUNCH BREAK) | on zoom
INTERGENERATIONAL PEER TO PEER-ACADEMY ON AGE(ING) IN THE INDEPENDENT SCENE
For the Academy we are looking for protagonists of the independent theater scene who are interested in intergenerational exchange. In moderated peer-to-peer conversations we want to deal with aging in the independent scene and look for new ways and forms of intergenerational exchange of experiences and mutual support. To this end, we would like to invite people of different ages and with diverse perspectives, work and experience backgrounds to enter into a dialogue with each other, to exchange experiences, and to share knowledge and insights. Register by September 30 here.