As the saying goes, age is just a number. But age can be described in many ways, in stories, in legacy and in offspring. As one part of the Ma’ase Gil (Enacting Age) project, founded and directed by veteran performer Dalia Chaimsky in collaboration with the Kelim Choreography Center in Bat Yam, 28 participants between the ages of 80 and 101 were asked to count from one to 100.
As they went along, they called out associations with each number.
“I got married when I was 16. I have 17 grandkids. I made aliya in ’48. 1949 was the year they took my baby,” recalled Chaimsky of the exercise. She discovered that while the young may slough off numbers, the elderly cherish and collect them.