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Being an Elder at Dance Exchange

Martha Wittman on being a member of Dance Exchange
Edited and Produced by Alexis Iammarino and Dorothy Williams
Spring 2011.
Dorothy Williams, Interviewer
Alexis Iammarino, Audio Production

MARTHA: I think for elders, I mean, I feel this for myself and I see it with other elders, it’s a sense of connection, you know, that…as things change in your life, when many things are gone and families have grown up and gone away or whatever, and maybe you’re work has finished in some other way, like Thomas, who began dancing after he retired, really literally for the first time. I think it keeps you in the world, and the fact that we’re intergenerational, I think is tremendous. I think still, that’s changing in the culture, but slowly, that different ages are separated from each other in all kinds of ways, different ages don’t tend to live together anymore, they did at one time, but we’re much more separated and distant from our families and all that kind of thing. So it keeps us up to date and I think it keeps us energized and I like to think we help the youngers in certain ways to, that we can slow them down a bit.