A Map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early years is an artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, from 0 to 6 years, through performing arts.
La Baracca (Italy)
- Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Ireland
- Artika Astiki Etaireia Politistiki Mi Kerdoskopiki (Greece)
- Commune De Limoges (France);
- Fiere Internazionali Di Bologna Spa (Italy);
- Helios 6 Live Art Produktion Ev (Germany);
- Kolibri Gyermek-Es Ifjusagi Szinhaz Kiemelkedoen Kozhasznu Nonprofit Kft (Hungary);
- Kuukulkurit Ry (Finland);
- Lutkovno Gledalisce Ljubljana (SIovenia);
- Polka Childrens Theatre (UK);
- Stichting De Stilte (Netherlands);
- Teater Tre Stockholm Ekonomisk Förening (Sweden);
- Teaterwaerkstedet Madam Bach (Denmark);
- Teatr Animacji w Poznaniu (Poland);
- Teatro Paraíso Sal (Spain);
- Teatrul Ion Creanga (Romania);
- Theatre De La Guimbarde (Belgium);
- Toihaus Theater (Austria).
Larger Scale Cooperation Projects
Mapping (2018 – 2022) will create a map of the aesthetics of performing arts for early years. Mapping is an artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, aged 0 to 6 years, through performing arts.
Mapping will be not be a Manifesto on how to make theatre, dance or music for early years, nor a Charter that sets rules on how to create the 'perfect' show. Rather it will be a Map that helps chart the sensitive relationship between young child and artist (the Key Elements of this relationship: the Contact, the Proposal, the Reaction and the Balance), when intersected with the fundamentals of the performing arts (the Filters: Sound, Word, Image and Movement).
The research path will help identify the first points of a dynamic map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early childhood. Two other researches will accompany the main one: A New Audience, the research on Audience Development, will focus on the recepients of the partners’ festivals and activities; and a research process focused on dramaturgy and direction, the Follow Up meetings.
The partnership, spread across the entire territory of the European Union, involves 18 partners from 17 European countries: theatres, institutions and artists who have established a deep relationship with early years over time, and who are willing to offer their specific know-how in developing this piece of research.
As part of the project Irish partner, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, offered a Galway Doctoral Research Scholarship in Early Years Performance in 2019.
MAPPING (timeline here) will encompass:
- Early years' research and fieldwork;
- 19 Festivals in 14 different cities;
- A co-production project resulting in 16 different productions;
- A Final Event in spring 2022 that will host all the shows produced;
- A illustrated Map and Exhibition presented first at Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2022 and then in tour, and a book containing the illustrations of The Map by international artists.