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FIGURING AGE & THE ART OF MOVEMENT

DE 2020
Film, performance & video installation

Boglárka Börcsök and Andreas Bolm present two works that deal with the aged body and the memory. The film THE ART OF MOVEMENT insightfully portrays three elderly dancers from Budapest who are all above 90 years old. Irén, Éva and Ágnes were once part of the early movement of modern dance in Hungary. Taking the role of a dance student, Boglárka retraces how each of the elderly dancers transformed their lives and movement practices in order to survive the major socio-political changes of the last century.



In the performance FIGURING AGE Boglárka continues the dialogue with her protagonists by embodying them. Her young body expresses the old bodies and creates an intimate encounter that that evokes the ghosts of Irén, Éva and Ágnes. A choreography of memories.

THE ART OF MOVEMENT

58', HD, D 2020


A sensual and insightful film about three elderly dancers from Budapest. Irén, Éva and Ágnes - all between 90 and 100 years old - were once part of the early modern dance movement in Hungary.

 




The film takes us into a personal and bodily encounter with three very different personalities and their relation to their past and present. Returning to the stage and performing in their private rooms, Irén, Éva and Ágnes reveal us an incredible richness of experience stored in their bodies. 

Cast Éva E. Kovács, Irén Preisich , Ágnes Roboz

Artistic direction Boglárka Börcsök

Artistic collaboration Andreas Bolm

Editing Andreas Bolm, Boglárka Börcsök

Cinematography Lisa Rave

Color and sound Andreas Bolm

Sound mixing Jochen Jezzusek

English translation David Robert Evans

Production company Whole Wall Films

Production manager Elisa Calosi

Funded by Tanzfonds Erbe - an initiative by German Federal Cultural Foundation, La Musée de la Danse/ Centre choréographique de Rennes et de Bretagne, Senatsverwaltung für Culture und Europa, Berlin

Supported by Akademie Schloss Solitude & József Attila Circle within the Eastern European exchange program, Hungarian National Film Fund - Film Archive, OSzMI - Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute, Pact Zollverein Residency Program AQB - Art Quarter Budapest, Franz Liszt Academy of Music Orkesztika Foundation, weltfilm

@ 2020 Whole Wall Films, Boglárka Börcsök 



Press


Portréfilm egy tiltott táncmozgalom alakjairól – interjú Börcsök Boglárkával.

KORTÁRS ONLINE, Mechiat Zina

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Felfogni is nehéz, merre fejlődött volna a modern tánc, és egyáltalán a magyarországi táncművészet, ha a mozdulatművészet nem kerül tiltólistára háború után. És nem is akármilyen megfogalmazások közepette került indexre, hanem mint a „tanácstalan értelmiségi zavarát tükröző” művészeti ág, ami „nem jelenthet értéket”, és amit „egészében el kellett vetni”.

ÉLET ÉS IRODALOM, Králl Csaba

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FIGURING AGE

DE 2020
Sitespecific performance & video installation

Concept & realisation Boglárka Börcsök, Andreas Bolm

Performance Boglárka Börcsök

Production Musik der Jahrhunderte - Christine Fischer

Country of production Germany

With the collaboration and support of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Freie Tanz- und Theaterszene Stuttgart, Musik der Jahrhunderte, Produktionszentrum Tanz und Performance, Theater Rampe und dem Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart im Rahmen von Tanzpakt Stuttgart, Montag Modus/MMPraxis,

PACT Zollverein Atelier No.63 Platform, Experimental Platform for the Arts, Workspace Brussels Residency Program, Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste- Residency Program. Part of the work was developed in the frame of the exhibition „20 Dancers for the XX Century by Boris Charmat/Terrain“.


© 2020 Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm 



Figuring Age is a site-specific performance and video installation that continues the dialogue with the elderly dancers from the film The Art of Movement.
During the performance Börcsök interweaves the stories and memories of the elderly dancers with their everyday gestures, poses, and dance movements. The slowness and fragile heaviness of their bodies require a different economy of attention and give the visitors space to rethink and renegotiate their relationship to aging and death. 



 




In a parallel space a two channel video installation reveals the same elderly dancers in their private homes. The stillness of their rooms filled with personal objects and memories become the scenographic background for their dynamic performances on screen.