Chinese Square Dancing
With roots in ancient Chinese history, China’s plaza or square dancing has been developed over thousands of years. Due to its ease of participation, social and health benefits, it is said to have over 100 million practitioners worldwide and is practiced daily in key public spaces around the world.
In Australia, Square Dancing has been introduced by the Chinese community. It promotes active ageing, attracting elders from all backgrounds to take part and participate in civic life. It also promotes community building within our ever growing urban environments. The dancers also encourage participation among young people, to promote multi-generational activity.
Free, bookings recommended.
This event is part of New Agency: Owning Your Future
New Agency: Owning Your Future is a research platform by Sibling Architecture that investigates the future of dwelling through the lens of Australia’s ageing population.
Who do you wish to grow old with? Will your house outlive you? What kind of ancestor do you want to be? What will your future housing look like?
Over eight weeks, New Agency transforms Tin Sheds Gallery into a live research platform; gathering data, public conversations, design speculation and feedback about what constitutes home ownership during the later stages of life. As the retirement of Australians relies upon the asset of the family home (with superannuation), and as home ownership is becoming an impossibility for a huge swathe of younger Australians, how does this influence future models of living for the elderly, including financing aged care, retirement and intergenerational wealth? What can we learn from upwardly mobile grey nomads, multi-generational living or enclaves of like-minded people? A dataset of trends, interviews and a troika of interactive activity chambers – for reading, listening and talking – provoke thinking around these topical questions.
Presented by Sibling Architecture and University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning. New Agency has been made possible through the support of RMIT Design Hub and Creative Victoria.
Image Courtesy of Sibling Architecture.