To celebrate the UN International Day of Older Persons on 1st October we’re announcing the winners of our first ever “Joie de Vivre” Dance Film Competition

We launched the competition to celebrate dance by, with and for older people. There is amazing work going on across countries and styles of dance. We hope to arrange more performance platform opportunities in the future but there is a real problem of covering the costs of touring and there can be barriers to travelling due to other issues such as caring responsibilities, lack of confidence, ill health or poverty. Film enables us to break down national boundaries, to create a community of shared practice, to celebrate the quality of work created and to begin to change the perception of older bodies dancing and of what it means to be old.

We would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all applicants to this year’s first ever “Joie de Vivre” Dance Film Competition. The films we saw were wonderful, and we are happy to announce that we intend to repeat this competition annually.

We proudly present the winners of the Joie de Vivre Dance Film Competition 2015:

Interprète/Inappropriate Behaviour by Sonia York-Pryce, Australia (Gold)Click here for credits >>>

Grandma Never Turns Back by Daniel Hay-Gordon, England (Silver)

Echo by Nicola Balhuizen Hepp, Netherlands (Bronze)

Rise & Shine by 3rd Stage Dance Company, England (Runner-up)

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