Interesting show in its very very early stages of development, some lovely supportive people doing great things at the Playhouse (there were three packed Matinees running simultaneously on the Saturday I visited packed by older people!). I met a friend I worked with 18 years ago and was introduced to and listened carefully to some extraordinary legends
But I also listened to some earnest and ill thought out nonsense about the difference between older professional artists and amateur. I find this irritating. Increasingly so.
When will people realize that from the perspective of old age its all about experience?
I’ve talked a good deal about the four things that make art making in older age unique;
You’ve been an artist all your life
You been an artist all your life but circumstances change – you’re a lead violinist who becomes arthritic, a confident poet employed as a civil servant who finds that when they retire they are adrift in the world, or a 28 year old dancer whose body starts to change
You arrive with a lifetimes experience to a first engagement with your own creativity
We age in dialogue with an artist (or group of musicians or performance company).
We are if we live for six or seven decades all richly experienced. Some of us gain that experience in the arts, others as teachers or mechanics or parents or ….
We move between “roles” so many people could call themselves artist-parent-teacher-student or other hyphenate. Try it yourself. List what you do – you don’t need to be great at it, just do it. Them hyphenate then together. That’s you.
So over time we become the experts at being ourselves. Old age allows and encourages this expertise to be recognized as of equal value.
Old age is where our expertise meets.
- Posted by Bea the Beautiful
- On 13th January 2016
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