9/8/2012 Show Preview: Arts & The Mind

This week’s show will be exploring how performing arts can support life long health and wellness! Learn how two of Twin Cities dance and theater companies are leaders in championing arts for all ages. Join our conversation with the Artistic Director Maria Genné of KAIROS ALIVE! dance company and Robert Marcus the Artistic Director of a new Twin Cities theater — Theater NOW.

Senior Band
KAIROS ALIVE! is challenging limiting beliefs and stereotypes about aging through its intergenerational modern dance company with performers ages 1-93, and is nationally recognized for its pioneering national award-winning research-based work in what is being called the Creative Arts and Aging Movement. The face of America’s population is dramatically changing as Baby Boomers turn sixty-five at the rate of 10,000 per day. KAIROS ALIVE! views this historic time as a great opportunity to change expectations about older adults as sources of wisdom and artistic excellence, and as positive social catalysts at a time when sustainability, health maintenance and cost of care issues are increasingly important. KAIROS ALIVE will be featured in the upcoming PBS documentary,

Arts & The Mind
KTCA/Channel 2
Part 1: Friday, September 14, 8pm
Part 2: Friday, September 21, 8pm

Maria will also be one of the invited panelists for a joint U.S. Congressional briefing on Dementia Arts Research on September 20th, 2012.

Theater NOW is a wonderful and exciting new Twin Cities theater company dedicated to performing work that take audiences through a “journey of family of generations” engaging audiences to become both a witness and a participant to the love, pain and laughter of universal shared stories.

Robert Marcus, the Artistic Director, is a local producer, actor, writer and filmmaker in the Twin Cities and founded the parent non-profit Minnesota Productions in 2009. Prior to developing his artistic vision for bringing generational stories to Twin Cities communities, Robert was a working actor in both NYC and the Twin Cities. He had lead theatrical roles in “The Dreamer Examines his Pillow”,”On Golden Pond”, and “Brooklyn Baseball, a Musical”. Rob is also a film actor and had a principal role in “The Executive”.

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Rob is a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, certified by the ISSA and is currently pursing a nutritional sciences degree with plans on becoming a Registered Dietitian. He is also a member of the Obesity Action Coalition and a volunteer for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America. As a personal nutritional coach with Positively Healthy, Rob helps his clients make small, realistic changes to their eating and exercise habits that add up to positively healthy results.

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