PUSH: exploring identity, borders and ‘safety zones’ in theatre and dance for young audiences.

Lead Partner

Imaginate (UK)


The Ark (IE); Aben Dans Productions (DK); cultuurcentrum Hasselt vzw (BE); Norsk Scenekunstbruk AS (NO).

Funding Strand

Smaller Scale Cooperation Projects

Community Grant



PUSH: exploring identity, borders and ‘safety zones’ in theatre and dance for young audiences in Europe and beyond. A two year project working with five partners to ‘push’ and develop thinking, ideas and the artforms themselves through residential training labs and five festival visits for artists.

The Labs (8-day residential workshop) will be cross art form.  Artist at varying stages of career from emerging to experienced will be eligible to attend encouraging a diverse range of potential collaborations.

Each of the partner festivals has a focus on both theatre and dance for young audiences where the work programmed is international and of the highest quality.

PUSH will employ a filmmaker/digital artist who will explore the potential of using film and video within the 3 artistic Labs, not just for documentary footage but to contribute artistically.

Testimonial from Irish Partner

Following the initial PUSH festival visit to Showbox in Norway and the first residential LAB on ‘Gender and Identity’ in Edinburgh, The Ark is already seeing the potential of our participation in this EU project. We are witnessing connections and collaborations growing between the artists from the 5 countries involved, while we are continuing to deepen The Ark’s connections with the Irish artists selected to participate in PUSH. The strong working relationships with our project partners are leading to wider conversations and interactions beyond the remit of the project so we are confident further collaborations will emerge as a result.

PUSH allows us to explore both the differences and similarities for artists working within our sector in different European centres. It affords our organisation the time and space to work with Irish artists and international colleagues to explore critical aspects of theatre and dance provision for young audiences. 

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