The Open Research Meeting “The Dance Dramaturgy of Aging”

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January 31, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Theatre & Performance History / Studies


This research project by Nanako Nakajima explores the dance dramaturgy of aging for the future performance making, and we have organized several meetings during the 2020 fiscal year. What it means to be aging in dance was a taboo subject in balletcontexts, while, in some Asian contexts, professional dancers continue dancing until their high age. Influenced by these dancers, one sees the trend in contemporary dance to highlight longer career of dancers. 


Director and choreographer in Beijing, Mengfan Wang has worked with diverse bodies of performers. During 2019-2020, Wang has worked with two retired ballet-trained dancers from National Ballet of China in “When my cue comes, call me, and I will answer.” For the last meeting of 2020 fiscal year, we welcome Wang to talk about this dramaturgy. We are excited to share our research with all of you online in the different locations.


Online Eventwith English-Japanese Translation 

Sun, January 31, 2021. 14:00 - 16:00 (Japan Standard Time)
Run Time 120min

Presentation by Mengfan Wang

Mengfan Wang in Conversation with Nanako Nakajima


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Wang Mengfan, Born in 1990, is an independent theater director and choreographer in Beijing. She has been working with old ladies, children and retired ballet dancers in her projects, which were invited to VIE Festival Bologna, Beijing Fringe Festival, Wuzhen Theater Festival. She is selected as “Dance Hopeful (Hoffnungsträger)” by German dance magazine tanz in 2018. 


Dr. Nanako Nakajima is dance researcher and dramaturg, Valeska Gert Visiting Professor 2019/20, Freie Universität Berlin. Her publication includes The Aging Body in DanceA cross-cultural perspective (co-edited by Gabriele Brandstetter, Routledge 2017).


Sponsored by 2020 Fiscal year "The Dance Dramaturgy of Aging," Nanako Nakajima, The Interdisciplinary Research Center for Performing Arts at Kyoto University of the Arts


*This research meeting is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 20H00009.