Trails Tales (Milimbo) // board-game / for children aged from 4 and adults
In this game made of card-board, Milimbo proposes to play with the elements and symbols of the worldwide oral tradition. Each player will take his path into the forest, where he will have different encounters, and will have to solve proofs and make decisions, sometimes with cunning, others with fear, to get to the end of the path successfully. In this game each one makes its own path, and sometimes will need the help of someone. It doesn’t matter who will arrive first, because all the players will arrive. Each player builds his own way to the final goal, through the emerging of some usual aspects of human relations: helping the weakest; lonely not, but with friends you can do it; intelligence is often more important than strength; it is normal to be afraid sometimes; goodness is the greatest virtue of man; nature can be a great ally of the human; sometimes we’re wrong, but that’s ok, that’s how we learn…
SoundAround (Lukatoyboy, Dulait, Saša Aleksandar) // audio-visual workshop / for children aged between 7 and 12
SoundAround is an artistic collaborative workshop that has the main goal of establishing a real-time interaction with the sound and visual surroundings experienced on a daily routine, while using simple portable audio and photo equipment. Kids have the opportunity, through direct collaboration with artists, to detect specific aspects from their closer environment and to translate them into audio/visual postcards. The narrative is spontaneously created through dynamic interaction, observing and communicating via walkie-talkies, and is accompanied with a photo documentation and live audio recording sessions. This workshop is structured as a game, with goals and tasks, and will be different depending on the location. All the sounds and visual content are recorded and presented as a mixed file, available online.
The gathering of the sleepwalkers (Silvia Costa) // performance / for children aged between 4 and 8
When the bell rings, all the children will enter a protected space, a circular tent, similar to the one in which emperor Constantine lies asleep in the famous fresco by Piero della Francesca. A mask will be given to the children, which later they can keep, so that they can hide their identity and turn into the members of a strange, recently gathered community. Nocturnal atmosphere. Sounds of crickets. Until the door of the tent is closed, the bells stop and the children will be surprised to hear a music played live by a small classical ensemble with a singer, placed behind their back. The music bears deep tones, it is calm and mild. At times reminding of ancient times, with gentle sounds, flutes and drums. After a short time the musicians will begin moving inside the space: they will keep playing, and take a seat next to the children, surrounding them with their arms as the music continues. By taking advantage of the empathic characteristics of acoustic music, the performance tries to recreate the feeling of a dreamlike journey, where time fades and where, even without words, it is possible to tell a story, which only the children will secretly imagine. The singer will have the role of turning the act of listening into a physical experience. She will physically move the children, singing very close to them and inviting them to move and pose, creating compositions with small and simple gestures. There will be a continuous movement, like a guided dance, each gesture will be composed and decomposed, and the children can decide to continue on their own. The gathering in this protected place will finish with the delivery of a small bell to every child, that they will start to play in the final part of the piece of music, as a call to wake up everyone. The tent door will be opened, light will be back, and everyone will bear the memory of this sweet melody.
The best way to discover yourself is to lose yourself (Teatro de los Sentidos) // workshop / for adults / with final presentation / for children aged between 7 and 12
A workshop for 12 resident adults about sensorial experiences: this means that, as from the basic elements of our language, the project is focused on sensorial creation, to reach the point so that an open experience to the public can be proposed. The workshop is focused on creating a sensorial experience for a children audience. It will explore the perceptions held by urban children. A city by the nostril, a city at a touch, a city by the ear, a city on its back… How to explore a city through the senses? What memory of the city will the children have?
The workshop offers its adult participants a work to do with childhood and their relationship with the sensitive experience. The final presentation will consist of the creation of a sensorial labyrinth dedicated to children.
The Assembly of Animals (Tim Spooner) // performance / for children aged from 3 and adults
On a slowly expanding stage, mysterious visions of amorphous objects, luminescent liquids and magnetic animals will emerge from the darkness to reveal their mechanics. The Assembly of Animals invites young audiences to experience both the spectacle and the inner workings of a delicately composed series of physical phenomena. Puppetry, magic and scientific-demonstration combine into a kind of performed sculpture. Curtains part, widening the field of vision slowly. The structure of the show is based on The Monadology, the metaphysical thesis of the 17th century German mathematician and philosopher Leibniz, in which the reader is led through an elegant succession of ninety short paragraphs which build up into a beautiful picture of a universe fundamentally suffused with mind and experience.
“Tim is an artistic inventor, and uses basic physics and a surrealist imagination to create this carefully constructed world, the delicacy of which requires consistent marveling and leaves children entertained throughout” (Theatre Bristol Writers)
3on3 (Tuur Marinus) // workshop / for children aged from 7
The workshop, taking as its starting point the performance 3on3, is articulated in two blocks. In the first block, Tuur Marinus and Marisa Cabal will work around the “domino game”. First they will show a little extract of the performance, in which they use their bodies as if they were objects that have no free will, and can only move when they are pushed by another ‘object’. Then they will start giving the children simple technical tasks, to learn to play this game well. Gradually the tasks will become a little bit more complex, and at the same time they will encourage the children to start making little pieces of choreography in little groups (4 or 5 children together). Tuur and Marisa will also give time to the children to perform their little choreographies to their friends. In the second block, they will work with cardboard boxes. Each child will be given a cardboard box (big enough for the child to enter, and with enough of little holes for the children not to get claustrofobic). Tuur and Marisa will start with simple games: getting inside children’s box, and racing to the other side of the room. They’ll also include musical games: they’ll play a music and the children can only move their boxes when the music stops, or vice versa. They will challenge them to try to make a specific spatial pattern with their box. And will try to let them interact with each other in little groups, in spatial ways and in musical ways. Also here they will give them time to perform for their friends the little pieces of choreography that they make in small groups.
Stereoscopia (Vincent Dupont) // performance / for children aged from 9 and adults
Stereoscopia, as a tribute paid to the Florentine painter Jacopo Chimenti, is seeking the relief, the gap between two nearly similar images in order to access a new perception. This is the vision of a horizontal world in which the right and the left unbalance the perception which is between desire and fear of falling and inversion of the frame, between attraction and repulsion, between one’s body and the body of the other. Between these two bodies which are getting closer and moving away, which are brushing against each other and where objects come to reveal the movement of emotions and their potential, sounds are creating a gap between what one sees and what one hears. The stereo space is the one offered to each spectator by the audio headphones. The scope space is created by a low border on the opening of the theatre setting.