Erasmus + DOOL project
DanceAbility Finland is now involved in an Erasmus + program Dance Out Of Line (DOOL). We are happy to be part of this EU program enabling us to work again in schools and to collaborate with the EU partners from Austria, Italy, Slovenia, and Hungary.
The program is active from 2018-21 and we are currently organising the Autumn 2019/ Spring 2020 schedule. If you are interested in INFORMANCE – You Can Look! visiting your school please check out the pdf for more details INFORMANCE – esite (at the moment only in Finnish).
For more info contact: Kaarina Koistinen: email@example.com // 040 – 723 0463
Our original INFORMANCE – You Can Look! is now expanded to a day-long encounter with school children. The day consists of a performance, workshop and a co-creative workshop where the children create their own short performances for each other.
INFORMANCE – You Can Look! History
DanceAbility Finland started the INFORMANCE – You Can Look! program in Helsinki elementary schools in 2012. The program consisted of a performance from the Kaaos repertory (for 25 minutes) followed by an interactive discussion addressing the subject of difference with the children (for 20 minutes). The program was active 2012-2014.
The program introduces the idea that every body speaks and every movement can be creative self-expression. Inviting the children to play with ordinary everyday movements by changing the size, timing, and quality directly experiencing themselves through the movement of their body.
We ask questions and talk about difference with the aim of dispelling concepts around the subject so children are not afraid to look or talk about difference – so the experience becomes ordinary. Informance’s have been seen by over 4000 children (April 2019).
Comments about INFORMANCE
”The pupils behaved really well and they watched the performance in stillness. The performers really put themselves on the line and the pupils respected that. The teachers commented that INFORMANCE was really great, the best event in our school this year.” Teacher at a junior high school in Helsinki
”I had forgotten that an event like this was coming and my pupils had to go see it unprepared. It did not seem to bother them, everybody was participating and the performance seemed to touch them.” Teacher at a junior high school in Helsinki
”Never ever in my working life at a junior high school (around 15 years), not in any occasion organized in the big gym hall, have I seen pupils behave as well as in your performance. So, there was something about it! A big thanks to you!” Teacher at a junior high school in Helsinki
Duration: circa 40 min
Venue: school gym hall (or equivalent)
Grades: 1–6 and/or 7–9
Participants/performance: max 250 pupils