‘The Door is Open’ Performer Interview: Edith Jonsson

We are enormously excited to be another day closer to our May 18th & 19th presentation of “The Door is Open: An Intergenerational Dance Project.”  For those that didn’t know, this innovative show will feature integrated performances featuring senior dancers from our Aging Creatively class and our own company dancers.  We have had the opportunity to interview one of our senior performers Edith Jonsson on her experiences in rehearsing for the project, and here is what she had to say:

Q: What made you want to participate in this performance with San Diego Dance Theater?

A: Jean proposed to have her senior class participate, and I thought it was an original and exciting idea.  I have performed before and it has always been a thrill.  Now that I am way past a performer’s age, it is a wonderful prospect to go back on the stage- I have always loved this better than from amidst the audience.

Q: What are some of the challenges working on this project? 

A: I have some torn ligaments and problems with my hip flexors, so I am in pain for a great part of the time, and unable to do some movements- especially for floor work.  But the teachers are very understanding.

Q: What are some of the rewards?

A: Being able to see how a production comes about from beginning to end, having the pleasure to see closely the beautiful physical work of professional dancers, getting to know some people better and sharing a sense of commor purpose, and keeping somewhat in physical shape in spite of my limitations.

Thank so so much for your time Edith.  We are thrilled to see you in action!

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