Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm: Figuring Age – Moving in November Festival

Turunlinnantie 1, 00900 Helsinki

Figuring Age portrays three elderly dancers from Budapest, aged between 90 and 101.

Figuring Age portrays three elderly dancers from Budapest, aged between 90 and 101.

The work consists of a durational performance and a two-channel video installation running simultaneously in separate spaces.

In 2015, choreographer and performer Boglárka Börcsök had the chance to meet several elderly dancers in Budapest. Wanting to work with some of them and knowing that their age would make it impossible to bring them back on stage, Börcsök and filmmaker Andreas Bolm decided to create a documentary called The Art of Movement. It portrays Irén Preisich, Éva E. Kovács and Ágnes Roboz, who were once part of the early development of modern dance in Hungary.

In the piece, Börcsök interweaves the stories and memories of the elderly dancers with their everyday gestures, postures and dance movements, tracing how the three women changed their lives and movement practices to survive the sociopolitical shifts of the 20th century. The slowness and fragile heaviness of their bodies demand a different economy of attention, giving visitors space to rethink and negotiate their relationship to aging and death.

Performer, artist and choreographer Boglárka Börcsök is interested in how memory and history are embedded into gestures and movement, and how it conditions both the materiality and representations of the body. Her work departs from personal encounters, archival and historical research and the practice of listening and looking. She frequently uses voice, facial expressions and minutely composed embodiments. As a dancer and performer, she has worked with a multitude of artists. Börcsök is currently developing new works with filmmaker Andreas Bolm. The Art of Movement (2020) was their first collaboration.

Filmmaker, sound engineer and producer Andreas Bolm is living and working in Germany, Hungary and France. His films portray people in their social and familial environments, examining the fine line between documentary and fiction. His works have been screened at many festivals worldwide.

Concept, direction, production: Boglárka Börcsök and Andreas Bolm
Performance: Boglárka Börcsök
Cast: Éva E. Kovács, Irén Preisich, Ágnes Roboz
Light and sound: Andreas Bolm
Video editing: Andreas Bolm and Boglárka Börcsök
Camera: Lisa Rave
English translation: David Robert Evans

The performance is part of international contemporary dance festival Moving in November, that takes place between 4th and 14th of November 2021.

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