Figuring Age

Figuring Age is a video installation and a performance in progress: a ghost séance, an intimate and intimidating encounter hosted by Boglárka Börcsök in artistic collaboration with Andreas Bolm.

Boglarka Börcsök - Figuring Age 16:9

“The present is not a vanishing instant, it is a rich temporality of living and dying, inheriting pasts and enabling futures, but not futurist and not fixated on a vanished past. A thick present, a thick now is the potent time at stake.” - Donna Haraway

Come and visit Irén, Éva and Ágnes, three elderly dancers from Budapest who are between 101, 96 and 90 years old in a hospital room at the Kaaitheater. The Ladies are happy to meet you to share their stories, their secrets and to perform for you. In exchange you will help them in everyday tasks like getting out of bed, getting dressed and going to toilet. You will exercise your empathy without pity to exorcise your fear of aging and death.

During their residency, Boglárka Börcsök and her artistic collaborator Andreas Bolm will work on a multidisciplinary project titled Figuring Age that explores the biopolitics of old age in dance. The studio space of Kaaitheater will be transformed into a fictional hospital/elderly care room to create an encounter between the audience and three elderly Hungarian dancers performed by Boglárka Börcsök oscillating between living archive, physical proximity and a ghost séance.

The artists will invite guests to develop their project through the practice of performing.

Visiting hours will be announced!

Direction & Performance: Boglárka Börcsök - Artistic collaboration: Andreas Bolm - With the support of: MM praxis, Hellerau / European Center for the Arts residency program, DIE IRRITIERTE STADT Festival of the arts Within Tanzpakt Stuttgart / TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund - Funded by: Tanzfonds Erbe / an initiative by German Federal Cultural Foundation, Le Musée de la Danse / Centre chorégraphique de Rennes et de Bretagne, Senatsverwaltung für Culture und Europa (Berlin) - Residency support: workspacebrussels