D.ID Dance Identity (Burgenland)
As further partners we are planning to collaborate with philosophers, an association for human rights, such as the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut Vienna and X Space, a queer space for art.
Based on years of work with children and youth of disadvantaged communities, we see the power of dance as a mean to overcome cultural and social divisions. Therefor we chose schools-a meeting place of children of all social and national backgrounds-to offer regular labs for free. Seeing a class as a micro society we share tools to prepare the body to act outside. Awareness of the self and the others, improvisation, working on our senses, civil courage and self empowerment are our main targets.
various schools in different districts of Vienna and in Burgenland
Moving together means politics of friendship, of care, responsibility and constant seeking for solutions. In our analog space each kid gets encouraged, is heard, experiences that every action can make a change. We reach towards each other, we carry, we lift up, we catch, we see.
The kids want to continue our adventure.They found new ways of communication and feel new power on the individual and collective level. They are happy, more confident, sensitive, empathic and courageous. They dare to carry out their own actions in public.
We will work with partner classes in Vienna and Burgenland (2 x 6-10 y., 1x 10-14 y., 1x 14-19 y). Together we work on possible schedules for our free Lab to happen 1 x Week for 2 h. For each class there will be a Lab leading artist inviting guests - artists and experts accordingly to the needs of the project. What is unique about the project is that we bring to schools high quality artists, rather than pedagogues, collaborating with kids on current issues. Classes are for free to reach all kids
Our interest lays in the activist and emancipatory potential of life art. We love to offer kids access to artistic means of communication and to start mutual learning processes. Facing today's rightwing politics in AT/EU we see a high urgency to keep kids' minds, hearts and bodies open.
Children form the age of six to teenagers to the age of 19, their parents, teachers and the artists and experts involved.
We would be interested to see if our idea comes across clearly. As well as how others consider the necessity to realise this project.