University of Surrey Dance Studies presents


A live dance and music event that interweaves set and improvised dances and engages the audience in discussion about maturity, aging and dance

Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd May at 19:30

Ivy Arts Centre , University of Surrey, Guildford

“of all the oppressions, the one that hits dance the hardest is ageism and it is the
last to be explicitly addressed.”
Jackie Lansley and Fergus Early in The Wise Body (2011)

Does the dancing stop when the body ages?
How does the older dancer draw on sensory memory and the imagination to make dances?
What does “mature ballet” look like?
‘what IS a mature dance?’

Jennifer Jackson (Senior Lecturer and ballet choreographer) leads a group of mature dancers with rich careers in companies such as the Royal Ballet, Rambert and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in dance performance that investigates these intriguing questions.

With musicians who are skilled improvisers they will present a live music and dance event that interweaves set and improvised dances  and engages the audience in discussion about maturity, aging and dance.  Joined by ballet expert Susie Crow and musicians Malcolm Atkins of the Oxford Improvisers Collective, Emily Burridge and Andrew Melvin, this performance builds on Jackson’s research with Ann Dickie and the From Here to Maturity Dance Company at the South Bank Centre, London, and solo improvisation practice that she has presented at conferences (Society for Dance History Scholars Dance and Spectacle Conference 2010, Pinter Fractured Narratives Conference 2009).

Our work involves the sharing and development of professional dance practice amongst mature artists in the South East with feedback on work in progress in Oxford and in Guildford from choreographer Liz Aggiss and Woking Dance Festival’s Young Ambassadors. The project will develop the research material already made to create performance within a structure that integrates intergenerational feedback and experiment with staging at the University’s Ivy Arts Centre.

The mature dance artists (aged 45-65) from diverse backgrounds, including Simon Rice and Deborah Jones, all have substantial experience of teaching, directing and choreographing alongside impressive dancing careers as independent artists and with prestigious companies. See the project artists’ page for more details.

£12, £10 University staff, senior citizens
£5 students, concessions
Book online or by phone on 01483 686876

For more information about the research project and these performances please visit the webpage. To keep up-to-date as the project develops, follow the blog: ‘Does the Dancing Stop?’

The research project and these performances have been funded by Arts Council England, with support from the University of Surrey.