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Dance as democracy among people 65+
Göteborgs Universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1114-9746
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9266-786x
2020 (English)In: Research in Dance Education, ISSN 1464-7893, E-ISSN 1470-1111Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study sheds light on dance as democracy among people 65+. The article presents a study that is part of the project Age on Stage, in which elderly people were offered to express themselves through dance as an aesthetic form of expression. Hannah Arendt and Simone de Beauvoir are applied as philosophical lenses. Elderly people’s participation and involvement in dance activities are investigated and discussed. The specific aim is to describe and analyse contemporary dance as a form of democracy among people 65+. The following questions were formulated: What constitutes dance as communication within a group of elderly people? How do the participants internalise and use dance as an artistic form of expression in relation to the possibilities and limitations a workshop provides? A phenomenological analysis based on field notes and video recordings have generated the following themes: a functional body with impetus to move, to embody dance as a form of expression, to use Dance as a Form of Artistic Expression in Aesthetic Communication, and Reflections on life, body and dance. The results reveal existential and aesthetic dimensions of dance activities for elderly people that have not been emphasized to any greater extent in earlier studies.

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Taylor & Francis, 2020.
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Dance, elderly people, Arendt, democracy
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Educational Sciences
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Studies in the Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-35453DOI: 10.1080/14647893.2020.1766007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-35453DiVA, id: diva2:1213998
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Creative Europe Program [570393-CREA-1-2016-1-DE-CULT-COOP2]Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2020-05-18Bibliographically approved

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