Rethink Ageing – Central Region, 2018-2019 was a new and innovative art project across the disciplines of art, culture and health. In collaboration with the Municipality of Ringkøbing-Skjern and the Municipality of Ikast-Brande and Frivilig Vest we made numerous activities throughout the year. Among these activities were: two workshops with seniors from local communities, workshops across all ages, demonstrations of artistic work, talks, a tour with the performance ULTIMA – in which our senior performers from Aarhus performed, as well as ongoing collaboration with staff from the various departments of Culture and Health in both municipalities. In addition to that we also collaborated with Louise Ejgod Hansen, Head of Research at the Center of Cultural Evaluation, Institute for Communication and Culture, Aarhus University and her colleague Line Nordentoft. Here the aim was to explore our artistic method and practise even further in order to gain insight, new perspectives and feedback from the 60+ participants and all the interdisciplinary collaborators of the project.
Vision and Aims:
To create and present new performances with the age group 60+ in the Region of Central Jutland, Denmark.
To highlight the fact that seniors should be looked upon as a source of inspiration and as a valued resource in present day society.
To work with 60+ talent development.
To offer an alternative to present day senior activities. These activities were based on solidarity, a sense of community, improvement of health, a higher quality of life, creative/artistic work and eventually the production of new performances/art in the two municipalities.
To partake in evident based research that examined if creative processes within performing arts can be a catalyst for an improved quality of life, new communities and better health for seniors 60+.
To do evident based research that examined SVALHOLM’s creative practise and method when working with the age group 60+. In March 2019 this resulted in a 3-month workshop in which seniors (60+) and young people (15-29 years old) from both municipalities participated.