Old Dears – Documentation

A two day programme on the radical, influential and fiercely feminist practices of an older generation of artists who embody the lived realities of feminist histories and whose work continues to contribute to discourses around gender politics. Part of LADA’s Restock, Rethink, Reflect Three project on Live Art & Feminism.

Old Dears featured performances, screenings, and debates with artists including Liz Aggiss, Penny Arcade, Rocio Boliver, Marcia Farquhar, Anne Bean, Claire MacDonald, Judith Knight, Geraldine Pilgrim, Nikki Milican, and Lois Weaver.

“What was so exhilarating about the shows in Old Dears was that even at their most serious they were all laughing at fear; the fear of aging, or failing, or offending, of pain, of insult and ridicule, of their own bodies and histories, of archetypes and even of death itself. And in doing so were refusing to play by anybody’s rules but their own.” – Geraldine Harris, Drama Queens Review

Highlights form the event can be viewed below and the the full Old Dears Programme is available to view on the LADA website.

The first version of Old Dears was presented at Camden People Theatre’s Calm Down Dear Festival in 2014.

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Banner image credit:

Rocio Boliver and Collaborators: Between Menopause and Old Age, Alternative Beauty, image by Alex Eisenberg

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