Company of Elders takes the stage for end-of-year performance

On its last day of term, our resident over 60s dance company performed Seeta Patel’s Fragments, Not Forgotten at Sadler’s Wells. Established in 1989, our Company of Elders meets every Friday to rehearse and work with professional dance artists. Dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel, who presented a Wild Card evening in September 2014 and most recently performed at Darbar Festival in November 2017, originally worked with the company during autumn 2015 to create the piece. Fragments, Not Forgotten offers a glimpse into new and old memories that are never really left behind. Incorporating voice recordings from members of the company, Seeta used the words of the elders to create a delicate work that conjures haunting moments and fleeting images. The company previously performed the piece as part of the Art of Age programme, an evening of work presented in the Lilian Baylis Studio in spring 2016. It has since been reworked and extended to include new members who joined the company earlier this year. Next term, the company will work with choreographer Adrienne Hart, a participant in our Summer University programme. We are committed to highlighting the valuable contribution to the art form made by older dancers, and to offer a platform for work created and performed by them to be shared with wide audiences.