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2020 Higher Ground Festival: “One For the Ages”

October 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Contemporary dance and new music; Julia Bengtsson and Neil Rolnick. At the end of 2019, Neil visited some friends who live in a retirement community of 1300 homes, all inhabited by retired couples, widows and widowers. Seeing a community so intentionally segregated by age brought to the fore the richness and beauty of New York’s artistic community, where it is normal to work across
all kinds of divides of identity, including gender, race, economic status – and age. A year ago Julia created the choreography for Neil’s composition Messages, which premiered at the Higher Ground Festival in uptown Manhattan, and has since been performed in venues such as Roulette, Frederick Lowe Theater (NYU), and New York Dance Week. Working on Messages, we never thought about nor were we inhibited by our age difference: Neil is 72, Julia is 26. We are drawn to exploring how we are able to collaborate artistically, despite, or maybe because of the 45 year difference in our ages. Basing our new collaboration on material gathered in interviews with the very young and the very old, One For The Ages, for dancers and electronic sounds will be streamed from the Higher Ground on October 17, 2020.

We are excited to announce the 2020 Higher Ground Festival will be happening from Oct. 3rd – Oct. 17th, virtually, in collaboration with Arts ON AIR livestream. The festival will be livestreamed on Arts ON AIR’s YouTube (Arts ON AIR) and Instagram (Arts ON AIR) as well as HGF’s Instagram (Higher Ground Festival), later to be posted on the HGF YouTube. It will be promoted on these platforms
as well as Facebook Event Pages per each performance. Higher Ground Festival brings Northern Manhattan artists together to network and create interdisciplinary collaborations that are presented free to the community. This will be HGF’s 5th as a notable arts festival in the upper Manhattan community. Presently all performances are slated for 5:30pm EST start time, however the time may adjust to 5:00pm as the days become shorter.


October 17
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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