Esplanade Presents

Dance | Talk

The Archive and the Repertoire of Dance: The Dance Dramaturgy of Ageing in the Dance Archive Box by Nanako Nakajima


24 May 2024, Fri, 7pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Rehearsal Studio

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Nanako Nakajima's work aims to empower excluded dancers’ bodies, promoting a dance dramaturgy of ageing that introduces alternative aesthetics that originate in Asia. This approach aims to illuminate the dramaturgical processes of dance-making and shift the idea of authorship in modern dance creation. In her public programme, Nanako will share about her writing project which she developed during her residency centered on the dance dramaturgy of ageing.


The topic of ageing is significant in today's rapidly ageing societies, such as Singapore and Japan. It is important to note that the topic of ageing has been a taboo subject in Euro-American concert dance, as it challenges established notions surrounding the dancing body.


Meeting Point: Please meet at the Esplanade Box Office and Visitor Centre (Mezzanine Level) for admission to this programme as the public entrance to the Rehearsal Studio via the Theatre Studio is temporarily closed.


Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the programme.

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information

Nanako Nakajima

Nanako Nakajima is a dance scholar and dramaturg. She received the Special Commendation of the Elliott Hayes Award in 2017 for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy from the Literary Manager and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She has worked with international festivals, theatres, and universities, where she integrates her research on ageing into dance. She was a Jury of the 2022 Keir Choreographic Award, Australia, a Valeska-Gert Visiting Professor 2019/20, at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and has been Lecturer at numerous universities, including Waseda University, Japan.


Her publications include The Aging Body in Dance (Routledge, 2017) and Oi to Odori (Keiso Shobo Publisher, 2019). She is currently preparing for her monograph, Dance Dramaturgies of Aging: A Journey of Negotiating Identity Across Generations, Dance Cultures, and Embodied Histories in between Continents (Routledge, 2025).

Date & Time

24 May 2024, Fri


Esplanade Rehearsal Studio

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