2018/2019  Season

Creative Residency-Boston Conservatory at Berklee – May 19 and 20
Creative Residency-Walnut Hill School – July 1
30th Celebration Performance – June 15 Delbridge Arts Center, Natick
Senior Center Performance Season TBA
 

 

The Elders Ensemble of Prometheus Dance

“The Elders Ensemble, a formidable company of performers- all over 60,70 and 80 years young- reinvent dance as an emotionally provocative art form, one which embraces the spoken word as well as movement, one which can express the wisdom born from youth and lived through full life experience.”

Beverly Creasey – The Theatre Mirror

The Elders Ensemble Performs with the Main Company June 15, 2019
The Elders Ensemble Performs with the Main Company June 15, 2019

Celebrating 30 Years of Prometheus Dance and 15 Years of the Elders Ensemble at the Byrnes Theatre, Delbridge Performing Arts Center, Walnut Hill School for the Arts. 

The Elders Ensemble Performs with the Main Company June 15, 2019
Parish Blues
Parish Blues

 

Created in Residence at the YARD Artist Colony in Martha’s Vinyard

Photo: Damon Constantinides

Parish Blues
Inventories of Animated Bodies
Inventories of Animated Bodies

Created in Residence with Guest Choreographer Christine Fricker and performed at the ICA and The Dance Complex

Photo: Damon Constantinides

Inventories of Animated Bodies
Desiderare
Desiderare

Karen Klein in Collaboration with Diane Arvanites for the creation of DesiderarePerformed at the Cambridge Arts Center

Madame K Photo : Sylvia Stagg Giuliano

Desiderare
Senior Outreach

The Elders Ensemble performs at Senior Citizens Venues throughout the Season you can find out more through the New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Ground here

Creative Ground

 

The Elders Ensemble of Prometheus Dance is a group of eight post-professional dancers ages 60-90. Formed by Artistic Directors Diane Arvanites & Tommy Neblett, they perform original dance/theatre pieces that tell of bittersweet stories of their lives as dancers, daughters, mothers and friends through movement, theatre and text.

The Elders Ensemble has been performing throughout the Commonwealth at theaters and venues for the general public since 2004 and has received a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for outstanding arts programming in the state. They have presented work at the State House in Boston for Transforming Violence (a celebration of the transforming power of art), Spoke of the Hub in Brooklyn, NY, The Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge, annually at the Dance Complex, for Dance Month’s Tuesday’s at Noon, for a Governor Deval Patrick fundraiser, and at the Boston Conservatory. During August of 2010 the company was in residence at the Yard, an artist colony on Martha’s Vineyard, where the elders participated in workshops and began creating one of their signature works entitled Parish Blues.The Elders Ensemble provides free outreach performances at senior citizen community centers, healthcare, rehabilitation and assisted living centers for seniors who cannot travel to our concert  venues. 

Following each Elders Ensemble performance we hold a post performance discussion with the aim of reflecting on the work and gaining insight through audience perspective and feedback. Often the discussions address questions regarding dancer history, age, choreographic interpretation, performance experience, and relationship to one another. Most audience members are delighted and surprised at the power and beauty of these spirited women. Occasionally the content of the work brings about meaningful discussions which focus on social, psychological, or personal situation. The value of their age and depth of expression deepens our understanding of experience and life. The platform from which our elders perform is a gift to viewers regardless of age. The Elders Ensemble can teach us to cherish that which leads us toward old age. From elder to elder the message is to live life fully and express it honestly.

Dance has always been considered a young persons profession, but we limit ourselves when that viewpoint is taken. The Elders Ensemble moves us beyond those limitations by creating and performing movement that is physically challenging, emotionally provocative, and motivated by human history. It was formed to provide audiences and artists alike with a venue to express and experience the grace and depth of artistry that only elder dancers possess. Not only is this physically and spiritually beneficial for the performers, but audiences realize that youthful prowess is only one aspect of dance, and that the emotional weight and wisdom of the soul can only be obtained and expressed through the experience of living. The Elders Ensemble of Prometheus Dance is just that sort of opportunity.  Several of the dancers studied with the founders of the modern dance movement (Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Anna Sokolow, Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais) and are a living link to the origins of the dance form.

The value of age and experience is vital to our understanding of life as a whole.  From elder to elder the message is to live life fully and express it honestly.

The Elders Ensemble performs in theatre concerts and in outreach programs at retirement venues, senior centers, rehabilitation and assisted living centers. Since 2004, they have given performances at the following places:

Major Performance Venues

The Yard Artist Colony (Martha’s Vineyard); Spoke the Hub, Brooklyn, NY; The Boston Conservatory, The Dance Complex, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Outside the Box Festival (Boston Common); Oberon Theatre, Cambridge, Transforming Violence, The Boston State House (invited back for 2nd performance)

Retirement Complexes / Assisted Living Residences: Lasell Village, Newton; Orchard Cove, Canton; Cambridge Homes; Standish Village, Boston; Fuller Village, Milton; Brookhaven, Lexington

Senior Centers: Arlington, Belmont, Brookline, Ipswich, Milton, Needham, North Cambridge & Central Square, Somerville, Sudbury, Wellesley

Other Venues

Arlington Town Hall; Boston Alzheimer’s Center (invited back for 2nd performance); Cambridge Multicultural Arts Cen- ter; Lynn Arts Exchange; Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Brookline; Wheaton College; Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, The Boston Conservatory

The Dancers

Current
Joan Block, Eleanor Duckworth, Karen Klein, Julie Laevitt, Jennifer Lin, Sue Penney, Vicky Steinitz, Eliza Malouk  

Former
Dorothy Elizabeth Tucker, Alice DeLattre, Joan Green, Kay Gross, Anne Tolbert, Doris Millan, Marcie Mitler, Stella Penzer, Susan Lane, Sylvia Pope and Betty Milhendler

For booking information : http://www.prometheusdance.org/contact