Photo by Julian Hughes
Part gym, part performance, this work explores ageing and what happen to our dreams when it is too late.

Elan Vital is a performance to exercise the mind, spirit and body…

A gentle warm up, an exploration of ageing, athleticism and the idea that ‘you’re never too old’.

Through her attempts to perform a gymnastic ‘back walkover’, Chris. Dugrenier tries to find out if she has left it too late.

This could be tragic or life-affirming.

First developed as part of CPT Starting Blocks 2012.

Theatre Lab, Royal & Derngate last Nov.2011,

Isham Studio – Northampton University – March 2012,

CPT Sprint Festival – March 2012,

Hatch:Scratch – Embrace Arts, Leicester, June 2012

The Core – Corby – July 2012

The Studio – Corby International Swimming Pool -10th Nov. 2012

Isham Studio – Northampton University – 16th Nov. 2012

JAM @ The Junction – Cambridge – 20th Nov. 2012

PilotNights – Warwick Arts Centre – 30th Nov. 2012

Camden People Theatre – Preview – 19th Dec. 2012

SPRINT Festival – CPT – 12th March 2013

Redeveloped for gyms and sport Halls, Elan Vital was further presented at:

  • PDSW as part of Unusual Dance in Unusual Spaces – June 14
  • Toured gyms and sport Halls in Northamptonshire as part of Big Dance – July 2014

Created and Performed by Chris. Dugrenier

Choreography Consultant: Rachel Krische

Directorial Eye: Peter Shenton

Fitness Instruction Consultants: Jane West and Louise Jones

Photography: Julian Hughes

Film Documentation/Trailer: Reel Access

With Support from: 

ACE England – Dance4 – Core Corby