on 8 March 2023 at the FFT Düsseldorf

We cordially invite you to the presentation of the book WAR SCHÖN. KANN WEG ... Alter(n) in der Darstellenden Kunst  (WAS BEAUTIFUL. CAN GO ... Age(ing) in the Performing Arts)!

The anthology refers to the symposium under the same title that we organised online in 2021 to great interest. It is at the same time an extension of the discussion that has begun.

As part of the book launch, Bianca Künzel and Patricia Kubanek. Will read the dramolet "Ich bin sicher, ich war schon einmal älter" (I am sure I have been older before) by Hannah Zufall and Ariane Koch, written especially for this book.

The cultural journalist and author Peter Grabowski will then lead the panel discussions with experts from the performing arts and representatives of cultural funding.

The audience is cordially invited to participate in the discussions. We would be very pleased to welcome you in large numbers!

With kind regards
Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser

when: Wed. 08.03.2023, 18 p.m.
where: FFT Düsseldorf, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 40210 Düsseldorf
admission: free


Information about the book

How do the performing arts deal with age(ing)? This is the question the performance duo Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser explored. Together with kubia director Almuth Fricke, they have published the results of their artistic and discursive investigation in an anthology that will be presented at the FFT Düsseldorf on 8 March.

People in Germany and many other industrialised nations are getting older and often stay in work longer. Artists, too, are increasingly working into old age. Many do this of their own accord; after all, their creativity does not end when they reach retirement age. The truth is, however, that for financial reasons some people "keep working until we fall off the stage", as performer Lisa Lucassen puts it. But not everyone has this option either: it is still a great exception when professional dancers can continue to work in their "old age", in other words, beyond the age of 40.

The cultural and socio-political challenges of age(ing) in the performing arts, e.g. with regard to old-age security and appropriate funding concepts, are explored in depth in personal, academic and cultural-political texts.

WAR SCHÖN. KANN WEG ... Alter(n) in der Darstellenden Kunst 
edited by Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser
in collaboration with Almuth Fricke (kubia)
Published by Theater der Zeit, December 2022
You can order the book online:

*kubia = Centre for Creative Ageing and Inclusive Arts