Louise Rigglesford at Capital Age Festival
Posted by Connected Culture on 25 July 2012
Recently I was asked by connectedculture to attend the first event of the 2012 Capital Age Festival at The Albany in Deptford, on 1st July. Currently in its ninth year, the festival has become such a success that for the first time it is running for a fortnight.
On the day we were treated to a smorgasbord of performances made by older performers. Ready Willing Able performed their stunning choreographed piece “Still/Life”. Creating shapes and movements both in an out of a wheelchair and demonstrating incredible body strength and stamina, the piece had an air of beauty and sadness too it.
Green Candle Dance Company presented two dances in the afternoon. The first; a tongue-in-cheek street dance to the Black Eyed Peas’ “Where is the Love?”, which raised a giggle or two from the audience, followed by a chair dance to Billie Holiday’s “Getting Some Fun out of Life”, with a sarcastic chin-in-hand ending which wonderfully juxtaposed the music.
On a projector we were shown a series of stop frame animations created by Salmagundi Films and people living with dementia, based on stories from their lives. Clips of the process for each film were shown and there was a sense that the participants had real pride and ownership over presenting their stories in such a unique and simple way.
Rosie Wheatland read a series of poems on behalf of Entelechy Arts. The poetry looked at themes of technophobia, assumptions placed on the elder community by the young, love and a final piece about a powerful storm.
There were two surprise performances during the matinee; improvised dancing by some members the Sadlers Wells Company of Elders during the interval and twenty minutes of music by Encore Encore. Songs included the humorous “I’d Sell my Soul for a Good Night’s Sleep”, a comment on the current economic climate with “Not Fine” and a cover version of the classic Beatles song “When I’m 64” with added decades continuing up to 104!
Unfortunately I have to leave before seeing Totlyn Jackson and Spitz Jazz Collective but if the previous performances of the day were anything to go by then I missed out. All in all an excellent start to the festival and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of live performance.