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“We are Not that Old You Know”: Dance as a Dwelling Place for Women over 65 in the Northern Part of Sweden
Stockholm University of the Arts, Department of Dance Pedagogy.
2021 (English)In: Journal of Dance Education, ISSN 1529-0824, E-ISSN 2158-074X, ISSN 1529-0824, p. 1-10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article communicates a study on dance for people over 65 in Sweden. Earlier studies on dance for elderly people have primarily focused on treatment and wellbeing. The current study centers on the right to make oneself heard in and through contemporary dance as an artistic form of expression, regardless of age, gender, or geographical context. The specific aim of the study is to describe and analyze the experiences of women aged over 65 in a rural area, who participated in contemporary dance workshops as a form of arts learning. The workshops, which were observed and documented, constituted part of an EU-financed project, Age on stage. Participants also shared experiences through informal chats and e-mails. The material was analyzed in a narrative manner. The results show that the workshops created a safe space for dance as a dwelling place, where dance was discovered, and at the same time developed, collaboratively. The results also highlighted the importance of this type of artistic participation for elderly women in terms of developing an understanding of themselves and coping with life.

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2021. p. 1-10
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Elderly; dance; dwelling; aging; arts learning
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Artistic practices
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uniarts:diva-928DOI: 10.1080/15290824.2021.1912351OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uniarts-928DiVA, id: diva2:1558739
Available from: 2021-05-31 Created: 2021-05-31 Last updated: 2022-09-13

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