15 Innovators Solving Problems and Bridging Generational Divides

15 Innovators Solving Problems and Bridging Generational Divides

Our newest Innovation Fellows are fighting for racial and environmental justice, empowering immigrant communities, healing trauma, registering young people to vote, reducing ageism and loneliness, and more.  And they’re all using cogeneration — bringing older and...

Beyond Passing the Torch

Beyond Passing the Torch

I’m pleased to share a new report, Beyond Passing the Torch: Recommendations on Leveraging Age Diversity to Build a Stronger Democracy Now — a landscape analysis of 25 civic organizations. Its goal: to document and learn from their cross-generational activities and...

What Makes an Intergenerational Dance Company Special?

These photos explain in a way words can’t.

By | Apr 18, 2022

A large group of youngr and older people dancing in a blackbox theater

Dance Generators is an intergenerational dance company housed at the University of San Francisco. With participants ranging in age from 17-89 and representing a mix of undergraduate students, elders and professional dancers, Dance Generators works to shatter stereotypes about aging, celebrate life histories, reduce social isolation and encourage dance as a tool to manage anxiety.

We love these gorgeous photos taken by Hillary Goidell at a recent rehearsal for a performance on June 5 that will explore the nuclear family and communication between generations. It’s being choreographed by Liv Schaffer, the director of Dance Generators and a CoGenerate Gen2Gen Innovation Fellow.

“Our bodies hold the experiences and stress of the past two years with limited social connection,” Schaffer says. “Now we are returning to live and in-person performance with a vibrancy informed by awareness of what we’ve been missing. The power of the Dance Generators lies not only in our ability to facilitate connections across generations, but to infuse our audiences with a connection to the ephemeral and precious nature of both dance and the human experience.”

Learn more at dancegenerators.com and purchase tickets to the upcoming event at https://odc.dance/bigred

Heidi (age 21) and Yope (age 89)

Zoë (age 21) and Katheleen (age 62)

Cecilia (age 76) and Zoë (age 21)

Kathleen (age 62) and Sebastian (age 21)

Toni (age 22) Zoë (age 21) and Valeria (age 59)

Laura (age 62) and Kate (age 22)

Mari (age 21) and Erik (age 56)

Members rehearse for an upcoming performance