Mapping. A Map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early years

A large-scale cooperation project supported by Creative Europe, Culture Sub-Programme December 2018- November 2022.

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about us.

Mapping is an artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, from 0 to 6 years, through performing arts. In particular, it explores the idea of “children-spectators of today and not only of tomorrow”.

Children, especially the youngest ones, are “new subjects of the world”, they are still discovering it, as much as they are discovering themselves. They have not established specific classification criteria yet, but they perceive what is aesthetic at any level of representation.

By observing them, we can detect the signs, the aesthetic moments experienced by the children in contact with artistic proposals, when they are “extremely sensitive”, that means in harmony with what they perceive.

Mapping. A Map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early years

The very young children’s aesthetic moments reveal themselves through long silences, wide eyes, imperceptible sounds, sudden excitement, surprise, unexpected laughter, and stances that display the total involvement of their senses.

A process full of generative questions to start to map the aesthetic dimension of very young children, trying to detect the tracks, the many aesthetic moments, that children reveal during the artistic relationship and the underlying reasons.

Not a Manifesto on how to make theatre, dance or music for early years, nor a Charter that set of rules to create the “perfect” show, but a Map that helps to find our way, step by step, within the sensitive relationship between young child and artist (the Contact, the Proposal, the Reaction and the Balance), when we intersect them with the fundamentals of the performing arts (Sound, Word, Image and Movement).

The research path will lead to identify the first points of a dynamic map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early childhood.

The research on the Map will connect all the project’s activities:

  • The Mapping festivals. 19 festivals for Early Years over the four-year period.
  • The Common co-production process. 16 new productions for Early Years
  • The Map, Research book. A book written by the researchers of ITYARN on the “30 points of the Map”
  • The Map, illustrated book. The “30 points of the Map” illustrated by four international illustrators, coordinated by Bologna Children’s Book Fair
  • The Map, the Exhibition 2022.
  • The “Children spectators” Exhibitions.
  • The Final event 2022.
  • A new audience. The research on Audience development
  • Follow-up. In-depth studies on direction and dramaturgy.
  • The Map books. Documentation on the specific paths.

The Partnership

The partnership comprising 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. The partnership, spread across the entire territory of the European Union, involves 18 partners from 17 European countries:

 

1

La Baracca ONLUSProject leader

Bologna

Italy

2

Bologna Fiere/Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Bologna

Italy

3

Toihaus Theater

Salzburg

Austria

4

Théâtre de La Guimbarde

Charleroi

Belgium

5

Madam Bach

Odder

Denmark

6

Dance Theatre Auraco/Kuukulkurit Ry

Helsinki

Finland

7

Commune de Limoges

Limoges

France

8

Helios Theater

Hamm

Germany

9

Artika

Athens

Greece

10

Kolibri Puppet Theatre

Budapest

Hungary

11

Baboro International Children’s Festival

Galway

Ireland

12

De Stillte

Breda

Netherlands

13

Teatr Animaczy

Poznan

Poland

14

Teatrul Ion Creanga

Bucarest

Romania

15

Lutkovno Gledalisce Ljubljana

Ljubljana

Slovenia

16

Teatro Paraíso

Vitoria

Spain

17

Teater Tre

Stockholm

Sweden

18

Polka Theatre

London

United Kingdom

Associated Partners

The 18 partners will be actively supported by two international networks, as well as by several universities and cultural institutions, to whom the researchers wo follow the project belong to.

  • ITYARN (International Theatre for Young Audience Research Network), the international research network of ASSITEJ International..
  • Small size, Network for the diffusion of the Performing arts for Early Years
  • KJTZ – Kinder-und JugendTheaterZentrum in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
  • CRLI – Children’s Literature Research Centre of the University of Bologna.
  • University of Hildesheim, Faculty of Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication (Germany).
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Letters and Science (USA).
  • Korea National University of Arts, Drama/Theatre for the Young MFA (South Korea).

A process full of generative questions to start to map the aesthetic dimension of very young children, trying to detect the tracks, the many aesthetic moments, that children reveal during the artistic relationship and the underlying reasons.

The Mapping Festivals

The Mapping Festivals will be hosted, year after year, by well-known European festivals of theatre and dance for children.

Nineteen festivals of Performing Arts for Early Years, organised in different European cities, will host international productions for early years, specific training activities for artists and professionals and all the meeting and activities of the project.

The research path will lead to identify the first points of a dynamic map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early childhood.

In 2019, the Mapping Festivals will be:

22/02 – 03/03
Visioni di futuro, visioni di teatro…
Bologna – Italy

09/03 – 31/03
BIM BAM FESTIVAL
Salzburg-Austria

15/05 – 25/05
Kaoline & Barbotine
Limoges-France

05/06 – 11/06
Brik Kinder Festival
Breda-Netherlands

01/10 – 06/10
Zlata paličica (Golden Stick) Festival
Ljubljana – Slovenia

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