KOEN DE PRETER (NL)

14/03/14 – THE OLD MARKET, BRIGHTON
PRESENTED AS SUITABLE FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED

A man and woman are on stage. Two dancers, two generations. Koen is 32 years old, Alphea is 88.

In Journey they probe the borders, push back boundaries in a performance about being here – now; about the strength of the human body. Together they bridge the gap between young and old, and 60 years of dance history, in a balancing act between the wishes and limitations of the human body. Journey brings two generations closer. These two people share a dream: to go on dancing to the end of their days.

Koen De Preter wanted to work with an older performer for several years. In the realisation that the elderly are conspicuously under-represented in our society and on stage, he set out to question the modern-day obsession with youth.

The performance was followed by a post-show discussion with Koen De Preter and Alphea Pouget and Dr. Stephen Harridge (Professor of Human & Applied Physiology at King’s College London). He has a multidisciplinary research interest in human skeletal muscle function with a particular focus on healthy ageing and has published widely in this area. He is Director of the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences at King’s and Editor in Chief of the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

PARTNERS
South East Dance

ARTIST WEBSITE
Koen De Preter

A man lifting an elderly woman around himself, both dressed in black underwear