Boglárka Börcsök first made an appearance at ImPulsTanz back in 2018 with Eszter Salamon when performing in The Valeska Gert Museum at mumok. Figuring Age again displays her aptitude for transformation: in collaboration with filmmaker Andreas Bolm, she portrays three over-90-years-old expressionist dancers from Budapest: Irén Preisich, Éva E. Kovács and Ágnes Roboz. Börcsök's embodiment of the elderly dancers is an ongoing work of becoming, a vertigo that interweaves stories and memories with gestures of everyday life and draws direct connections between movement practices and strategies of survival.
Concept, direction, production: Boglárka Börcsök and Andreas Bolm
Performance: Boglárka Börcsök
Light and sound design: Andreas Bolm
Video cast: Éva E. Kovács, Irén Preisich, Ágnes Roboz
Video editing: Andreas Bolm and Boglárka Börcsök
Camera: Lisa Rave
Translation: David Robert Evans
Video’s production manager: Elisa Calosi
Video commissioned by: Montag Modus / MMpraxis
Video founded by: Tanzfonds Erbe – an initiative by German Federal Cultural Foundation, La Musée de la Danse, Rennes, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin
Performance supported by: Die Irritierte Stadt Festival of Arts, Montag Modus/MM Praxis, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, PACT Zollverein Atelier No.63 – Platform Experimental Platform for the Arts, Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste – Residency Program, Neustart Kultur – an initiative for the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of the support program DIS-TANZEN, an Umbrella Association for dance in Germany.
Part of the work was developed in the frame of the performance exhibition 20 Dancers for the XX Century by Boris Charmatz/Terrain. The introduction speech is based on Jacques Derrida’s reflections on ghosts in Ken McMullen’s film Ghost Dance (1983).