Sonia York-Pryce Part of CW16
This paper examines the role of dancers who extend beyond the paradigm of age and their contribution to current dialogues in the field of dance through film documentation. This project aims to make visible the older dancer through film giving new materiality and value by celebrating the older body on screen. The research seeks to investigate which is the preferred performing body, the youthful or the mature? These older dancers choose to ignore the rationale and perform which In turn could be considered inappropriate behaviour by the western dance world. There is a need for the mature dancer to be acknowledged not only for their ‘corporeal difference’ but recognition that their practice rather than their age defines them.