Boglárka Börcsök – Andreas Bolm (DE)

Figuring Age

4900 HUF
3700 HUF - student, teacher, retired
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Fuchs Lívia tánctörténész Időhíd címmel tart Különórát, Börcsök Boglárka Korszellemidézés c. előadásához kapcsolódva. 


#transgenerationalmemory #censorship #banning #livingarchive

A touching evocation of ghosts: using video recordings and precise impersonations created by the young choreographer, three dancers who have passed away are brought back to life – and with them their moving life stories reflecting the freedom of modern dance and the oppression of 20th century ideologies.

Figuring Age is a transgenerational, immersive and haunting performance-installation set at the liminal space between film, dance and theater. In a fictional ghost séance visitors encounter three elderly dancers: Éva, Irén and Ágnes –aged between 90 and 101– were once part of the development of modern dance in Hungary in the 1930s. Based on recordings of the dancers filmed in their private homes, the artist duo has sculpted a meticulous choreography of embodiment that lets their protagonists return on stage through Börcsök’s body and voice. 
Retracing how each of the women transformed their life and dance practice to survive the socio-political changes of the 20th century, the artists explore how resilience, silence and trauma are inscribed in the body and in the movement. 

Based on their film "The Art of Movement", the performance continues the dialogue with Irén, Ágnes and Éva after their passing.  Through the intimate setting and close interaction with the audience, „Figuring Age” aims to convey the continuing presence of the older dancers and invites visitors to encounter their own ghosts and reflect on aging and death.
The piece also engages the audience in contemplating censorship and cultural oppression, issues that are still very relevant today.
Concept, choreography & production: Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm
Elderly dancers: Éva E. Kovács, Irén Preisich, Ágnes Roboz
Performance: Boglárka Börcsök
Light & sound: Andreas Bolm
Costume & scenography: Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm
English translation: David Robert Evans
Performance produced by: Boglárka Börcsök & Andreas Bolm
Video credits: Andreas Bolm & Boglárka Börcsök (editing), Lisa Rave (camera), Elisa Calosi (production manager),
Special thanks: the title of this work is borrowed from the Anthology: Figuring Age - Women, Bodies, Generations edited by Kathleen Woodward and hereby we would like to express our debt to all the authors of this book.

Performance supported by: Die Irritierte Stadt Festival of Arts, Montag Modus
Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, PACT Zollverein Atelier No.63 - Experimental Platform for the Arts, Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste - Residency Program, Neustart Kultur – an initiative for the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of the support program DIS- TANZEN, an Umbrella Association for dance in Germany.
Part of the work was developed in the frame of the performance exhibition “20 Dancers for the XX Century” by Boris Charmatz/Terrain.

Video commissioned by: Montag Modus/ MMpraxis
Video founded by: Tanzfonds Erbe - an initiative by German Federal Cultural Foundation, La Musée de la Danse, Rennes, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin

Boglárka Börcsök is a Hungarian, Berlin-based choreographer, dancer and performer. She studied dance at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Austria and at P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium. As a performer, she has collaborated and worked with choreographers and artists such as Ligia Lewis, Kate McIntosh, Joachim Koester, Tino Sehgal and Eszter Salamon, with whom she has realized several projects in Salamon's acclaimed MONUMENT series.

Andreas Bolmis a Berlin-based filmmaker, artist and producer. He studied at the documentary department of the University of Television and Film in Munich. His films have been screened at numerous internationally renowned festivals, including Festival de Cannes - Cinefondation, Berlinale - Perspektive deutsches Kino, MoMA New York.

Since 2017 Boglárka Börcsök and Andreas Bolm have been collaborating in the field of performing arts. Using choreographic methods, they explore how memory and history are expressed in personal gestures and movements, probing the fine line between documentary and fiction.

Figuring Age was presented at ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna among others, where it received an honorable mention by the [8:tension] Young Choreographer’s series 2022. The project was selected as part of the Aerowaves ‘Twenty23 Artists’ network and SHOWCASE 2023 of the Impulse Theater Festival and is currently touring across Europe. 

Boglárka Börcsök is the recipient of the Rudolf Lábán Special Prize 2023 awarded by the independent performing arts scene in Hungary.

PRESS REVIEWS (selection)
Paths through ImPulsTanz, part 1 - Springback Magazine  
Review on Figuring Age by Léna Megyeri, on Springback Magazine, 2022. 09.06 

Die späte Wiederkehr der Éva E. Kovács nach Wien
Review on Figuring Age by Alfred Oberzaucher, Wiener Tanzgeschichten,, 2022.07.29 

Im Dialog mit Geistern - FAQ Magazine
im Gespräch mit Christine Standfest in the frame of
[8:tension] Young Choreographer’s series, ImPulsTanz, FAQ Magazine, 2022.07.06 
Boglárka Börcsök: „Figuring Age“, ImPulsTanz
Review by Ditta Rudle, Tanzschrift, 2022. 07.25

Conversation between Boglárka Börcsök and Kerstin Schroth – Moving in November
Written dialogue in the frame of Moving in November, 2021. 12.8 

Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Figuring Age Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
Figuring Age Nationales Performance Netz
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