About the project

Mapping. 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. In particular, it explores the idea of “children-spectators of today and not only of tomorrow”.

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    The researchers from ITYARN, together with the four partners who coordinate the four research groups, met for the first time in Bologna to go in depth in the focus of the research and plan the first two years of work.

    All partners have met for the first time together in Bologna to officially launch Mapping project! The meeting has been an opportunity to network and get to know each other, as well as to start shaping the next exciting four years. The next meeting will be in June in Breda, on the occasion of BRIK … Continued

    [February 22nd – March 3rd 2019, Teatro Testoni Ragazzi – Bologna, Italy] One of the special features of “Mapping. A Map on the Aesthetics of Performing Arts for Early Years” is that most of the activities planned are entwined with the Mapping festivals, 19 events over four years. The program of Visioni 2019, fully focused … Continued

    The first international call, issued only at the end of November, thanks to Bologna Children’s Book Fair – that prepared and disseminated it through its own channels – collected 418 submissions by illustrators from 45 different countries worldwide. Thirty-one illustrations. Thirty-one illustrators from thirteen countries: Elizabeth Alves de França e Silva (Brazil), Emanuele Benetti (Italy), … Continued

    During Visioni 2019, the directors of the productions of “Mapping. A Map on the Aesthetics of Performing Arts for Early Years”, met and, moderated by Gerd Taube (professor and theatrologist, Kinder- und Jugendtheaterzentrums in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Frankfurt – Germany), started addressing three crucial issues of dramaturgy for performing Arts for Early Years. What sense … Continued

    The focus-group dimension allows to understand the implications and opportunities of an audience-oriented approach, through innovative marketing tools and a participatory approach that characterises more and more the contemporary cultural practices. The meeting is a chance of reflecting on how an exchange between those who offer the shows (programmers and artists) and those who bring … Continued

      BIM BAM 2019, Toihaus Theater’s festival for early years, took place in Salzburg March 9th-30th. The festival hosted more than 60 shows from eight nations: Poland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden and Japan. The festival also included productions of some Mapping partners, such as Teatr Animaczy, Teater Tre, Helios Theater (Germany) and La … Continued

    On the occasion of BIM BAM 2019, the first work group workshop of Mapping took place. The Image work group, led by Uroš Korenčan from Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana, includes artists from Teatro Paraíso, Teatr Animaczy and Théâtre de la Guimbarde. For this first meeting, the group decided to host a workshop, “Moving image in space”, … Continued

    Take a look to the shows presented and to the complete program of the festival here.

    The festival Kaolin & Barbotine hosted the first workshop of Sound Work group, with artists from HELIOS Theater, Toihaus Salzburg, Kolibri Theatre and Teater Tre, as well as Katherine Morley, the researcher following their work. The artists met all together for the first time and, led by Barbara Kölling, started reflecting on personal experiences of … Continued

    BRIK is the festival organised by De Stilte in Breda (Netherlands). The Stiltefestival, started in 2011 and taking place every two years, has a new look and a new name. From now on it is called BRIK: Brabants Internationaal Kinderfestival. With a stunning programme full of imaginative performances from all over the world, carefully selected … Continued

    In Breda, in the frame of the wonderful BRIK Festival, the Word group had its first workshop. First words, emotions coming through words, forbidden words, words in translation, words filling in blank spaces… Mapping partners Polka Theatre, Artika Theatre Company, Baboro International Arts Festival for Children, under the lead of Christian Schrøder of Theatre Madam … Continued

    The Zlata paličica (Golden Stick) Festival is a Slovenian biennial festival of performing arts for children and young people, organised by Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana (Ljubljana Puppet Theatre), Slovenski gledališki inštitut (Slovenian Theatre Institute) and the Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre. The festival shows the best of Slovenian drama, musical, puppet, dance and experimental performances … Continued

    In the frame of Zlata paličica festival 18th edition, Ljubljana will host the last of the first year’s work group workshops. Between October 2nd and 4th, the Movement Working Group will contribute to the development of the project research through practical work. The work of the Movement group (Dance Theatre Auraco, De Stilte, La Baracca, … Continued

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As a project focused on the exploration of the sensitive relationship that gets built between artists and very young children in the frame of the performing act, Mapping finds in the Research its most important tool for investigation.

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The research work on the Map, involving artists from theatrical companies, researcher of the ITYARN and illustrators through the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, will lead to many concrete results, visible developments of the work.

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The partnership is composed by 18 theatres, institutions and municipalities who have established a deep relationship with early years over time.

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ARTISTS MEET EARLY YEARS 2020 – Call for artists

BRIK Festival is starting in Breda!

The biannual festival organised by our Dutch partner de Stilte in Breda, The Netherlands, changes name and look.

Kaolin Et Barbotine 2019 goes on in Limoges

The third #MappingFestival will take place in Limoges, France, from Wednesday May 15 until Saturday May 25.

Children watching a theatre show

Call for productions for Visioni Festival 2020, Bologna

Would you like to present a study or a show at #Visioni2020, the International festival of theatre and culture for early childhood taking place in Bologna, Italy? The Call for Productions is open until May 5th!

Postcards form Bologna: BCBF 2019, The Children Spectators exhibition and the Big Four!

We’re thrilled to be in #BCBF2019 presenting Mapping project and introducing the Big Illustrators who will take part in our work on the Map.

BIM BAM Festival in Salzsburg is ready to start!

Our Austrian partner Toihaus Salzburg is ready for BIM BAM Theaterfestival für Klein(st)kinder, the second #MappingFestival!

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“The Children-spectators” exhibition opens Visioni festival in Bologna

Find out more about the illustrators selected by the jury.