An international conference on Dance and Ageing
Presented by
Chaturangan and Liverpool Hope University

The Marks of Time conference took place in Liverpool on 12th and 13th January 2007 and was inspired by the decision by Liverpool Culture Company to designate 2006 as "Year of Performance"as part of the build-up to the Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008.

Marks of Time looked at the issues of dance beyond youth and athletic bodies from three perspectives

  • How dance can be used within the voluntary and charity sector to aid ‘well ageing’
  • How professional dance practice by mature performers can be sustained and developed
  • How best practice can be nurtured within the community groups of senior citizens

Marks of Time brought dance practitioners, charity and voluntary workers, local authority staff with older people remit, pensioners, community groups and carers together to share models of good practice, debate and exchange ideas. Marks of Time offered inspiring speeches and engaging debates by leading exponents in the field, presentations, dance workshops and a time to network. Marks of Time featured an excerpt from Body of Experience, a dance performance celebrating mature performers. Body of Experience was co-commissioned by Chaturangan and is currently touring nationally.

See here for paintings of performances and workshops by Noelle Williamson.

We hope to put reviews and papers on-line. See Chitra Sundaram's paper , a review in "Pulse" magazine by Sanjeevini Dutta, the concluding comments by Donald Williamson, and Donald Hutera's review. See here for comments from delegates. See here for a paper on IdeA knowledge contribution from Liverpool.

There were contributions to Marks of Time through papers and performance from many eminent practitioners including (see here for biographies)

and representations from the following organisations

You may view the programme of events here, or download it here as a PDF document .

You may see a delegate list here as a PDF document.

For further reading see an article by Catherine Baumgartner.

This conference was supported by, among others

Arts Council   MDI

Some submitted papers are being put on-line, see the schedule of events page.


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