Dance project for students of Kastanienallee Elementary School in Halle (Saale).

Using experiential, play, and dance pedagogical methods, the children were inspired to find innovative artistic solutions to stage the body in various spaces—outdoors, indoors, alone, or in a group. In addition to focusing on details, the body was also observed from a distance, considering its interaction with the space and immediate surroundings. The children were encouraged to bring their own ideas and life experiences. The theme “Reingezoomt-Rausgezoomt” (Zoomed In-Zoomed Out) offered a variety of points of connection for interacting with objects, buildings, and texts.

The children explored the cultural worlds of the city and acquired independent knowledge about diversity. The project provided the children with a variety of encounters, such as with artists, dancers, people working in the theater, and people working in museums. This exchange gave the children insights into different life worlds and professions. At the same time, there was a physical, dance-based realization of the theme. The children learned how to translate substantive themes into movements of their own bodies. This process resulted in a participatory choreography with its own authentic body language.⠀

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Portraits of the kids

Performance Video:

Artistic direction, choreography:

Julek Kreutzer und Anja Schäplitz

Costume design:

Jule Bosch

Production Manager:

Franziska Massa

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Project period:

20 – 24 July 2020

Funded by:

Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste (Programm “tanz + theater machen stark” im Rahmen des Förderprogramms “Kultur macht stark”) des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung