Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project

Award Year: 
2016
Project Director(s): 

Mary Fitzgerald, Associate Professor, School of Film, Dance and Theatre
Eileen Standley, Clinical Professor, School of Film, Dance and Theatre
Rose Weitz, Professor, School of Social Transformation

Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project interweaves the collection and analysis of narratives, storytelling and dance making to examine the ways in which different cultures value (or devalue) the aging body. Mid- to late-career dance artists and scholars from the U.S. and Japan will bring their varied life – and bodily -- experiences together to explore how cultural ideas about aging and gender inform the lives, embodied experience, and wellness of female dancers (and, by extension, of non-dancers). The project will culminate in an event at ASU that will include a talk placing our work in broader cultural context, a discussion of our research process, the premiere of our documentary, and performance of a new dance piece.