Workshops

Further professional education is one of the main goals of ConnectUp. For this reason various workshop formats are planned during the project period, focusing on techniques and skills in particular fields. The workshops will mainly take place during the festivals and showcases and will be run for the Theatre Mediation Program team by theatre artists who have special skills and specifications. 

EQUAL / UNEQUAL – IN/EQUALITY (Idea: Attila Zanin)

By Ich bin ok, With Hana Zanin, Maria Dinold and Eva Török
Specially featuring the cooperative work with DANCE ASSISTS (with learning disability)
Dance Assists: Alex Stuchlik, Sophie Waldstein and Niklas Kern

in Milano May 2022

The Intention of the workshop was to give an introduction into an approach for inclusive dance- and theater pedagogy. The artists of the inclusive dance theatre group Ich bin ok. gave supportive instructions how to deal with heterogeneous groups of individuals with and without disabilities when improvising and/or choreographing a piece as well as raising the interest of a young audience for participation in such performances; theoretical background and practical skills.

Duration: 3 hours

PETA’S INTEGRATED THEATER ARTS APPROACH

By Ada Marie S. Tayao and Norberto Portales (PETA), in Milano May 2022

PETA’s Integrated Theater Arts Approach combines group dynamics, creative dance and
movement, creative sound and music, visual arts, creative writing, and creative drama into one fun-filled workshop.
The Integrated Theater Arts is the company’s creative approach in all its workshops and training for children, young people, and adults from different sectors tackling different advocacies and issues surrounding them. Filled with games and exercises, these workshops aim to nurture and enrich each participant’s imagination. It aims to inspire individuals to have self-confidence, self-appreciation and appreciation of others, nature and culture while fostering critical thinking and collaboration.

Duration: 3 hours

CROSS THE LINE
LINE. LIMIT. BORDER. CONFLICT.

by compagnia rodisio, directed by Manuela Capece and Davide Doro
dramaturg Elisa Zaninotto
in Milano May 2022

compagnia rodisio proposed a moment of work, sharing and exploration around the biennial project Cross the Line, which will develop between 2022 and 2023. Cross the Line is a research, education and theatrical project for teens and young people. It is a shared creative process between Theatre and Architecture.
Line. Limit. Border. Conflict.
Go beyond. Go over. Cross. Language
Religion.
Skin.
Gender. Origin.
Family.
Age.
Social identity. Expectation. Chance.
When does a line become a limit? What does mean crossing that limit? What does mean crossing that line? Can the line be a protection? Can we see the limits around us?
Are the external constructions reflected within us? The walls outside are repeated inside?

Duration: 2 hours

MEDIATING SOCIAL MEDIA AND DRAMA/THEATRE PRACTICE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

by Kristian Nødtvedt Knudsen (Associate professor in Theatre at The University of Agder), in Milano May 2022

Being able to perform and express oneself in social media and to reflect in diverse and varied ways are crucial in today’s media-dominated culture. However, engaging with social media requires the user to handle a high level of communicative complexity, which can be challenging to master. The war in Ukraine has also shown, how communication on social media platforms is a crucial part of creating and communicating the narratives of the different parties.
This workshop set out to explore the crossover between social media and drama/theatre in education. With a particular focus on, how to implement strategies from social media into working with drama/theatre and young people, and thereby creating platforms for critical reflection.

Duration: 2 hours

CO-CREATION EVALUATION METHODS: WARWICK-EDINBURGH MENTAL WELLBEING SCALE AND OTHERS

by Ava Hunt, Derby University in Porto October 2021

One of the main approaches of Connect Up is to contribute that different groups of society actively (artistically) meet and gaining a better understanding of the “Life of the Others“. Thereby outcome categories are addressed like: Enjoyment, Intensity, Respect, Acceptance, Empathy, New People or Confidence. The generic term for these categories is “wellbeing”. To measure this, connect up refers to the proven method of WEMWBS, which each partner will conduct on selected groups for their productions, workshops and co-creations and determines whether the “wellbeing score” changes during the process. The WEMWBS are to be completed online and available in different languages.