Rural Inclusive Outdoor Theatre Education; Street theatre education methodology and network cooperation model in rural enviroment.
The present project called “Rural Inclusive Outdoor Theatre Education” (RIOTE) was born from the need to realize exchange in between some European theatre-educational organizations. The partnership members are: Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo (Italy) Kud Ljud (Slovenia), Soltis Lajos Theatre (Hungary), Control Film Studio Association (Hungary; coordinator), Shoshin Theatre Association (Romania), Dartington (UK). The Italian and Slovenian partners are the exporter organizations, while the English, Hungarian and Romanian are importers.
Our project is based on a knowledge and skills exchange between performing arts- organisations who provide adult education through outdoor theatre, physical theatre or other cultural and adult educational practices in rural settlements. The project is at the same time based around the research of the question ‘How do we develop the reach of our adult educational activity, as arts organisation, so that we can connect with more of our target group?’
The aim of the partnership is to share outdoor theatre education methods. Outdoor performance is traditionally a good tool to create reciprocal cultural dynamic in rural areas. Some of the partners provide theatre courses or camps for local people in rural settlements. They also offer a “barter” by this we mean a cultural exchange between professional artists and local people who offer their own folk songs, local history, or other particular skills. The project’s main idea is that outdoor performing experiences and our partners’ educational methods could offer an extraordinary support to theatre activities in rural areas.
There is no any institution in Europe which would give place to street theatre studies. Street theatre education as a non-formal adult education and practice and cultural phenomena is on very different quality level in different national contexts (30-40 years of distances). Street theatre as an artistic activity and a certain kind of adult education supported by non-institutional groups and civil organizations.
Street theatre could give a new aspect, while it involves a new mass of public, proposing a new model of “demand and supply” on the field of theatre. Outdoor performing adult education can create culture in socially marginalized environments to propose: dialogue approach; critical sociology by carrying out social problems; interactive cultural exchange; collective education; development of multiple intelligences; trigger the imagination of social change; empower of community; strong pedagogical aspect; collaborative process.
The implementation of outdoor theatre competences and teachin metodology will be tested in geographically disadvantaged villages such as Kide (Romania) or Dunaszekcső (Hungary).
The next aim is to understand the English model of the rural touring network. We intend to observe practices and in long term implement the model of the rural touring network in our partner countries which would in turn create a sustainable project that has a lasting impact on our partners and their countries. The English partner would have a leader role in this area of research and Italian and Slovenian partners could contribute greatly with their long history in outdoor touring shows in Europe, South America and Asia.
This would be offered to Hungarian and Romanian partners to help them establish a network in their own locality.
The coordinator as a film association a socio-graph researcher team has the function also as a control group of the partnership, to fallow the activities and guarantee the accomplishment of the partnership objectives.
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