Boglárka Börcsök and Andreas Bolm

Figuring Age

Hungary, Germany
Recommended audience age 7+
Spoken language: English
Duration: 45 min (performance) and 15 min (video-installation)

“Figuring Age” is a transgenerational, immersive and haunting performance – installation set at the liminal space between film, dance and theater. In a fictional ghost séance hosted by Börcsök and Bolm, visitors encounter three elderly dancers: Éva, Irén and Ágnes – aged between 90 and 101 – were once part of the development of modern dance in Hungary in the 1930s. Based on recordings of the dancers filmed in their private homes, the artist duo has sculpted a meticulous choreography of embodiment that lets their protagonists return on stage through Börcsök’s body and voice. 

Retracing how each of the women transformed their life and dance practice to survive the socio-political changes of the 20th century, the artists explore how resilience, silences and traumas are inscribed in the body and in the movement. 

Boglárka Börcsök and Andreas Bolm have been collaborating since 2017. They made the documentary film “The Art of Movement”, a portrait of three over 90-year-old dancers from Budapest. Their performance and video installation “Figuring Age”, based on the film, was presented at the Moving in November Festival in Helsinki and ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna, among others, where it received an honorable mention.

Boglárka Börcsök is a Hungarian performing artist and choreographer based in Berlin. She studied dance at Anton Bruckner Private University in Austria and at P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium. As an interpreter, she participated in the works of Tino Sehgal at documenta (13), Stedelijk and KIASMA – Contemporary Art Museum. She dances in Joachim Koester’s video works “The Place of Dead Roads” and “Maybe This Act, This Work”, “This Thing” presented in museums worldwide. Börcsök has been performing and collaborating with Eszter Salamon for several years in her acclaimed MONUMENT series shown at RuhrTriennale, Centre Pompidou, Festival d’Avignon, Kunstenfestivaldesarts and Tanz im August amongst others. Since 2016, she has been featured in several editions of “20 Dancers for the XX. Century and even more” by Boris Charmatz/Terrain. Currently, she is touring with “Still Not Still”, a dance performance created by Ligia Lewis.

German-Hungarian filmmaker Andreas Bolm is based in Berlin. He studied at the FAMU film school in Prague and in the documentary department of the University of Television and Film in Munich. His films have been screened at numerous renowned festivals worldwide. His short film “Jaba” was premiered at the 59th Festival de Cannes and was awarded for best documentary at the Zinebi film festival in Bilbao as part of the prestigious Cinéfondation Residence Festival de Cannes fellowship, Bolm developed his first feature-length film “Die Wiedergänger”, which premiered at the 63th Berlinale in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section and was presented at MoMa in New York. In 2016, Bolm directed his second feature-length film “Le Juge”, starring French actor and film director Jacques Nolot. In 2018, he completed the short documentary “Mein Letztes Video” in collaboration with German DOP and filmmaker Gerd Breiter featuring the upcoming YouTuber Anton “Reyst”.

There will be an after-talk with the creators held after the last show at 9 p.m. on August 4.

Co-funded by the European Union Aerowaves Lituanian dance information centre
  • Concept, choreography and production
    Boglárka Börcsök and Andreas Bolm
  • Elderly dancers
    Éva E. Kovács, Irén Preisich, Ágnes Roboz
  • Performance
    Boglárka Börcsök
  • Light and sound
    Andreas Bolm
  • Costume and scenography
    Boglárka Börcsök ir Andreas Bolm
  • English translation
    David Robert Evans
  • Performance produced by
    Die Irritierte Stadt Menų festivalis, Montag Modus
  • Performance supported by
    Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, PACT Zollverein Atelier No.63 - Experimental Platform for the Arts, Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste - Residency Program, Neustart Kultur – an initiative for the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of the support program DIS- TANZEN, an Umbrella Association for dance in Germany. Part of the work was developed in the frame of the performance exhibition „20 Dancers for the XX Century” by Boris Charmatz/Terrain
  • Video editing
    Andreas Bolm and Boglárka Börcsök
  • Video camera
    Lisa Rave
  • Video production manager
    Elisa Calosi
  • Video commissioned by
    Montag Modus/ MMpraxis
  • Video founded by
    Tanzfonds Erbe - an initiative by German Federal Cultural Foundation, La Musée de la Danse, Rennes, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin
  • Special thanks
    the title of this work is borrowed from the Anthology: Figuring Age - Women, Bodies, Generations edited by Kathleen Woodward and hereby we would like to express our debt to all the authors of this book
  • The introduction speech
    is based on Jacques Derrida’s reflections on ghosts in Ken McMullen’s film Ghost Dance (1983)

Festival tickets are available at 

Ticket price – 30,50 Eur

Pupils, students, seniors, persons with disabilities receive a 20% discount. At the entrance please show the document with your ID for this price category.

Not accessible for people with impaired hearing.

There will be an after-talk with the creators held after the last show at 9 p.m. on August 4.

When you attend this event, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to such.

Past events

August 4 (Friday) 19:00
August 4 (Friday) 21:00
August 5 (Saturday) 19:00
August 5 (Saturday) 21:00