September 19 2019
“On a personal level, working in a multi-arts centre for children and youth, I am extremely interested to work with artists that have not necessarily been working with this audience, because they might bring up fresh perspectives on interacting with children and youth. They can be challenged and shown truly contemporary and abstract work, however the context of working and dealing with the work needs to be created onto their age level. Through working and interacting with audiences of different ages, the choreographers usually get new insights into their work, and thus the actual art form can be developed.” – Pirjetta Mulari, Aerowaves partner for Finland.
The Offspring initiative comes from a desire to devise an audience engagement project for children and young people, with the work of Aerowaves artists. As a European-wide network, the selected artists take part in a series of bespoke residencies and showings in different centres in Europe. The partners, who are presenters and facilitators, learn from their colleagues experience and best practice. For the pilot year of Aerowaves Offspring the partners selected the following works; 'Alien Express' by Žigan Krajnčan and Gašper Kunšek (Slovenia) who did their residency and showing at Dansstationen in the framework of the Young Dance Market; 'Scarabeo, Angles and the Void' by Andrea Costanzo Martini (Italy) who went on a series of residencies and showings at Bassano del Grappa, The Place, Annantalo, and CNDB; and 'Blanks' by Ingrid Berger Myhre (Norway) who was welcomed in Bassano del Grappa.
Aerowaves has gathered the feedback that our partners documented during 2018. Read on to find out more about the first Offspring edition of residencies. This report also includes a brief description of the workshops and showings.
Annantalo (Helsinki), October 8-13, 2018
SCARABEO, Angels and the Void by Andrea Costanzo Martini
Aerowaves partner: Pirjetta Mulari
Two of Annantalo’s theatre groups participated in a workshop session lead by Andrea Martini and Avidan Ben-Giat: a group of twelve students of 13-15 years, and another of ten students of 15-18 years. Both groups attended the Scarabeo performances, followed by an after show talk. At the workshop Andrea and Avidan introduced the young participants to improvisation exercises, they also taught them extracts of their piece Scarabeo, which allowed them to dive into their universe. Most of the young adolescents were boys for whom the Offspring workshop was their first contact with dance and movement. Throughout the workshop an atmosphere of trust was built between the participants and the artists, who showed excellent pedagogical skills. The audience at Annantalo consisted of children and teenagers (7-18 years) accompanied by adults, some of the kids had special needs. However, the audience clicked with the piece immediately. The kids with special needs really connected with the piece’s humour and also enjoyed the darker side of the work.
Scarabeo’s Offspring residence at Annantalo clearly made an impact. When the participants of the workshops presented their own work at Annantalo’s festival in Spring 2019, the influence of Andrea C Martini’s movement work was obvious, since the young theatre makers used movement and images in a much broader way than before their contact with the Offspring residents.
Watch the interview with Andrea Costanzo Martini and Avidan Ben-Giat at Annantalo.
Mini B.Motion 2018 (Bassano del Grappa), June to August 2018
Blanks by Ingrid Berger Myhre
SCARABEO, Angels and the Void by Andrea Constanzo Martini
Aerowaves partner: Roberto Casarotto
Mini B.Motion is B.Motion’s (Operaestate Festival Veneto) summer dance school for children 8-13 years. The aim of this project is to open the young dancers eyes to new choreographic ideas, while practicing and sharing the language of contemporary dance. As part of the Offspring project, Ingrid Berger Myhre and Andrea Constanzo Martini gave workshops at Mini B.Motion in June 2018. These sessions were documented by ABCDance bloggers.
Ingrid Berger Myhre gave a workshop to a group of girls on 2-3 June 2018, in which she focused on space, shape and rhythm patterns. Through several improvisation exercises, the young dancers learnt how to play with patterns, which were later applied to compose short choreographies in groups. During this workshop, Ingrid gave special importance to both being the doer and the onlooker.
Read the full report on ABC Dance by Lara Crippa.
Andrea Constanzo Martini’s workshop on 15 June 2018 dwelled on the pleasure of dance. The first part of the workshop consisted of a warm up and a series of imaginary actions in which the dancers worked on the senses. The second part focused on a game of free associations that lead up to a collective improvisation.
Read the full report on ABC Dance by Anna Trevisan.
Look at the MiniBMotion’s feedback drawings of the Scarabeo and Blanks performances.
Danstationen (Mälmo), May 2018
Alien Express // Žigan Krajnčan and Gašper Kunšek (Slovenia)
Aerowaves partner: Lars Eideval
The Slovenian dancers and choreographers Žigan Krajnčan and Gašper Kunšek (Awerowaves’ Twenty17) did a residency at Danstationen where they presented extracts of their duet Alien Express and gave a workshop to Montessori students aged 9-12. In these sessions they focused on improvisation and reflected upon topics tackled in Alien Express such as friendship, love and brotherhood. The participants showed great enthusiasm, and alongside the Danstationen team, they interviewed Žigan and Gašper about the differences in working for a young audience in the Slovenian and Swedish context.