Vancouver International Dance Festival presents Olivia Shaffer.
Senescence asks the question, what is a good life if one loses the ability to determine that life for themself. Emerging from the experience of caregiving for my father, who had dementia and Parkinson’s disease, the work reflects the metamorphosis that occurs as essential features of one’s selfhood are stripped away.
A duet between Olivia Shaffer and Alex Mah, in which dance, spoken word, live and electronic music are woven together to contemplate liminal spaces that surround the final stages of life.
Senescence (/sɪˈnɛsəns/): the gradual process of deterioration that occurs in the aging mind and body.