Madeline Ritter, Ty Boomershine, Lisa Marie Bowler

Dance On, Pass On, Dream On

TALK / Madeline Ritter (DE), Ty Boomershine (US), Lisa Marie Bowler (UK)
Part of the program CHOREOGRAPHY IN ACTION

Dance On, Pass On, Dream On proposes a European strategy for a sustainable dance praxis. Instead of continuing to ignore and sideline older dancers and older bodies in general, it celebrates the richness of age and experience – on stage and in society.

The initiative is led by Diehl+Ritter in Berlin and spearheaded by the Dance On Ensemble, a flagship company for dancers 40+.

Dance On, Pass On, Dream On brings together European dance organisations who are committed to making a difference: allowing older dancers to continue to show their great art and experience, enabling older people to move and express themselves, helping institutions to sustain artists’ careers in a responsible manner, and celebrating the intangible heritage of dance that is all too easily forgotten.

Madeline Ritter (Executive Director of Diehl+Ritter and Dance On), Ty Boomershine (Artistic Director of the Dance On Ensemble) and Lisa Marie Bowler (Coordinator of Dance On, Pass On, Dream On) will talk about the project, its achievements over the last three years, and its future.

“It is not true that people stop pursuing their dreams because they get older. We only grow old when we stop pursuing our dreams.” (Donald Tusk, President of the European Parliament, quoting Gabriel García Màrquez)

Madeline Ritter is the Executive Director of Diehl+Ritter and Dance On, and the project leader of Dance On, Pass On, Dream On. Her extensive leadership experience in working with artists, institutions and sponsors led her to oversee the initiative Tanzplan Deutschland in 2004, which mobilised 21 million Euro for dance in Germany and became a model project internationally. In 2011 she founded the non-profit organisation Diehl+Ritter to develop and manage large-scale projects and initiatives. These include, among others, Tanzfonds Erbe (Dance Heritage Fund), Tanzfonds Partner (Dance Partners Fund), Dance On, and Tanzpakt Stadt-Land-Bund. Since 2014, Madeline Ritter has been on the board of the Pina Bausch Foundation.

Ty Boomershine studied dance in Ohio and Missouri. In addition to working with Lucinda Childs Dance, Emio Greco | PC, LeineRoebana, Dan Wagoner, Gus Solomons Jr., Bill T. Jones, Ton Simons, Giulia Mureddu and the Merce Cunningham Repertory Ensemble, he has also performed in various works by Dancenoise and in Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach. He was Artistic Assistant to Lucinda Childs from 2007 and Rehearsal Director for ICKamsterdam from 2013. He is a founding member and now Artistic Director of the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE.

Lisa Marie Bowler is a London-based writer, editor, translator and project manager specialising in dance. She is the coordinator of Dance On, Pass On, Dream On.

Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON

DANCE ON is an initiative by DIEHL+RITTER gUG funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

A program where artists share thoughts about artistic work through conversations, installions, performances and films. New artist every Monday. The program is primarily adressed to  the artists in the field but open to all with an interest. It is in English, Free Entrance.

Kunsthal Charlottenborg
CHOREOGRPAHY IN ACTION  takes place at Charlottenborg Art Cinema. The distinctive art institution Kunsthal Charlottenborg ia a close collaborator of Dansehallerne.


When / 7-9 pm

Where / Kunsthal Charlotternborg, Nyhavn 2, Cph K

Madeline Ritter & Ty Boomershine / photo Dorthea Tuch