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Education Prize
Nominee 2022

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Swans Vol. 2: On tour
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Poland
Poznań Opera House

€60
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€20,000
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Movement workshops, dance performance and international tour addressed and created together with the blind and visually impaired people based on the most famous ballet title ever - “Swan lake”. Let us reinvent this masterpiece: from the darkness and blurred shapes to the world of light.

About the Project

The "Swans" project results from the need to open an opera house to people with visual disabilities and is a response for the small presence of people with disabilities in the active creation of professional culture and art. The author of the concept - Tobiasz Berg - created a scenario for a workshop and a dance theater performance based on many years of experience in preparing and effectively carrying out tasks in the field of cultural education addressed to the communities at risk of exclusion, including the blind and visually impaired. The first part of the project will consist of workshops, rehearsals, the premiere of the performance and the preparation of a summary publication.


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The inspiration for the workshop activities and the construction of the performance is the attitude of Augusto Boal, his vision of the Theater of the Oppressed and choreography and dance seen as part of body and movement therapy. The workshops will be aimed primarily at people with visually impaired, but will remain open to other audiences, including willing employees of the Poznań Opera House. Among the blind and visually impaired workshop participants, a group will be formed that will participate in rehearsals and continued work on the premiere of the performance based on "Swan Lake". To ensure comfort and maximum sense of security for people with visual disabilities, apart from the experienced creative team, we are planning to invite a typhlo-pedagogue and an instructor of spatial orientation who will accompany the workshops and the process of preparing for the performance.

After the premiere we would like to prepare an international tour to show the created performance in other destinations and again build new possibilities for our participants. The presentation of the performance will be combined with workshops addressed to the local community, during which participants together with creative team became experts and guides through new movements of their own “Swan Lake


Why should you support us?

As part of the rehearsals we will develop elements learned during the workshops and interpret the ballet "Swan Lake" through the way of thinking of a blind person.

The result of rehearsals, motor tasks during the workshops and talks with the performers, the dramaturgy and structure of the performance will be created. The spectacle prepared in this way will become the story of perception of the outside world by a visually impaired person. The choreography by Marius Petipa was chosen as the starting material, but probably most of the project participants will not had a chance to see this ballet work, so strongly present in European culture.

This motive will become the starting point for building the performance. A group of participants, together with the director and dramaturge of the performance, will explore the topics related to "Swan Lake" based on archival recordings (previously with audio description), literary and musical materials.

 The choreographic material of “Swan Lake” will be broken down into the structure of steps and ballet figures. The names of the figures will going to be re-codified by blind and partially sighted people (e.g. the participant will have to develop an original movement for plié, relevé etc.). The choreography that creates a performance will be composed in this way. This approach gives as opportunity to show the world of imaginations, abstractions and “reading” movement by a visually impaired person.

During the tour – what is the clue of the “Swans Vol. 2” project - we are going to continue the research regarding the thinking about movement by blind people during the workshops cocreated this time buy the former participants. The performance created in the first phase of the project will be a pretext for discussion and will create an opportunity to establish contacts between the participants and the visited communities. For the creators of the idea, it will also be an opportunity to further develop and refine the working method.


The choice is Yours !!!

Who are we?

Tobiasz Sebastian Berg

Tobiasz Sebastian Berg

Artistic Director

Katarzyna Frątczak

Katarzyna Frątczak

Education Specialist

Barbara Binkowska

Barbara Binkowska

Set Designer

Partners

POLSKI ZWIĄZEK NIEWIDOMYCH  OKRĘG WIELKOPOLSKI / POLISH BLIND ASSOCIATION  WIELKOPOLSKA REGION

POLSKI ZWIĄZEK NIEWIDOMYCH OKRĘG WIELKOPOLSKI / POLISH BLIND ASSOCIATION WIELKOPOLSKA REGION

Poland

Stowarzyszenie Przyjaciół Niewidomych i Słabowidzących/ Association of Friends of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Stowarzyszenie Przyjaciół Niewidomych i Słabowidzących/ Association of Friends of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Poland

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