MAIHN Featured Artist:
"Dancing Heart - Vital Elders Moving in Community"
"Dancing Heart™- Vital Elders Moving in Community
offers older adults, their families, and caregivers interactive, creative participatory experiences in dance theatre, story and music that combine opportunities for artistic expression and learning with documented health-enhancement, healthcare cost reduction and community building benefits.
"KAIROS ALIVE! developed and practice a form of personal/community change/development work based in intergenerational interactive participatory expressive methods. This involves a model of 'radical inclusion' that includes people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities while respecting and celebrating cultural diversity. We broadly define and practice 'dance theater' as a core collaborative community cohesion activity accessible to all.
"We have a vision of inclusive collaborative teaching/learning communities centrally involved in this activity which catalyzes research-verifiable emotional and physical health benefits, and deepens community capacity through a new collaborative artistic/social leadership model with professional artists versed in our methods." - Maria Genné
About KAIROS ALIVE!
KAIROS ALIVE!, a performing arts prescription for wellbeing
™ is a 501(c)3 performing arts and arts learning organization, founded by dancer/choreographer/educator Maria Genné in 1999. Their mission is to support the artistic work of Genné and promote her vision of sharing the joy of intergenerational interactive participatory dance and story, and to liberate its power to nurture and heal. KAIROS ALIVE’S pioneering, nationally recognized programs were featured in the 2012 PBS documentary, Arts and the Mind
. Genné mentors, presents and teaches nationally and internationally on creative aging, arts and health, and community-based interactive participatory performing arts. They also partner with major community, arts and healthcare organizations.
KAIROS ALIVE! intergenerational dance company includes performers who range in age from 18 months to 94 years and performs locally and nationally, reaching intergenerational audiences in venues where dance is not usually found, such as nursing homes, community centers, parks, libraries, schools and museums. You can learn more at kairosdance.org