Together we developed a new work called “Anniversary” which you can read about on Alan’s Blog. A beautiful show and a framework that over the next few years we hope will appear across the UK and perhaps further afield.
At the time I wrote;
“Considering life through the lens of contemporary old age is a truly radical act. It reframes values and debates. It repositions individuals in relation to society.
Questions previously long fingered for another day become instantly foregrounded or irrelevant. Time shifts. Legacy rather than career comes into play. Emotional articulacy. Care. Friendships. It is not a time for living in the past or the future but living fully in the moment.
And we mark out those moments with anniversaries. Anchors in time.
But human “old” does not run on an industrialised timepiece. We don’t all clock on at the allotted start time. It’s organic and arrives by accrual. Its affected by poverty and happiness, by loneliness and location, by diet and career. We find ourselves there, or nearly there, certainly more nearly there than we were before, definitely older, but never quite arrived at being, old.
Perhaps “old” is measured by a yardstick of loss. A loss of mobility, a loss of ambition, a loss of connectedness. The loss of friends and family members. A loss of muscle tone, a reduced of sharpness of vision, a blurring in hearing, a fuzziness in thinking, some change in clarity.
Yet that’s only half a story. We have collected. We have gathered. We have seen, we have listened, recorded and we have understood. We are the experts of our own experience and became so simply by continuing. We embody the extended past in the present. We are the living libraries of our own knowledge. We can do breadth and depth of understanding. We can accept two emotions in the same incident as a true reflection of life’s capriciousness. Bittersweet and Happy-sad. The Glorious Temporary. The mundane everyday exists in porous exchange with an infinite magic as we reach the edge of our own individual transition back and forward to unknowingness. Ashes to ashes. Dust to Stardust.
How to share these experiences? How to enrich our understanding of this period of being alive? How do people gathered in a room begin to acknowledge and exchange all this complexity? To bear witness to their own growing understanding at the moment of its continuous lived occurrence?
Is this not reason enough for theatre?”
You can find a review here on A Younger Theatre
And more of my thoughts here on Community Arts International
- Posted by Bea the Beautiful
- On 22nd February 2017
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