Cradle of Creativity

The Conference & Professional Development Programme

What is it?

ASSITEJ SA invites you to be part of an intercultural conversation, six days long, which includes opportunities to share research (both academic, artistic and action-based), artistic and pedagogical skills, experiences, insights and approaches into theatre and performing arts for young audiences. 

While the overall theme is intercultural exchange, the specific areas of focus include: 

• Dance Theatre for Young Audiences - approaches to engaging children and young people with the multiple languages of dance and physicality, and their potential to cross the narrow linguistic borders that can separate us

• Contemporary themes in Theatre for Young Audiences - addressing the taboos, barriers and boundaries that exist and how these may be confronted through innovative theatre

• Child Participation in Theatre for Young Audiences - the child as dramaturg, the child as creative collaborator, and theatre mediation for children and young people

• Eco-theatre - exploring how theatre can empower children and young people to effective action to support the future of our planet

• Theatre for Young Audiences in Africa - sharing the diversity of approaches from across the continent

• Inclusive theatre - focusing on new approaches to ensuring access for all children and young people to theatre

• Early years theatre - considering the aesthetics of theatre for the very young

We are delighted to be able to have this conversation in the framework of an exchange between BRICS countries, supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, and to be able to include a number of interesting and diverse perspectives from a range of cultures.

Our children and young people deserve the best quality arts experiences we can offer, and in order to provide these, we need to be both rigorous and generous - rigorous in researching the efficacy and impact of what we are attempting, and generous in sharing our knowledge and expertise across our network. By reaping the rich harvest of experiences from across the globe, we can question, deepen and expand our own practices. Ultimately ASSITEJ SA sees Cradle of Creativity Conference programme as a space in which we can meet across cultures, disciplines and perspectives.

Who is it for?

If you are interested in any aspect of the arts for children and young people, whether as a researcher, teacher, artist, theatre-maker, student or interested audience member, you will find something in this programme to stimulate and engage you.

What does it cost?

 

A.         If you sign up for individual workshops or experiences,

             a fixed cost of R100 an hour applies.

B.        Registered Delegates get free access to the whole programme.

C.        Participating Artists get free access to the whole programme.

D.        Paid-up members of ASSITEJ SA are entitled to a free one-day delegate package;

             terms and conditions apply.

How do I access the programme?

Sign up for the events you’d like to attend here

To register as a delegate for a day, several days or the whole programme, go to webtickets.co.za, Cradle of Creativity, and sign up for a delegate package, which includes tickets to productions. This gives you access to the whole programme.

Queries:  jeanetteassitej@gmail.com

Dance for Young Audiences

Jack Timmermans 

De Stilte 

Netherlands


Venue: Artscape Rehearsal Room 301

Date: Monday 19 August

Time: 9h00 – 17h00

Duration: 8 hours

Audience: Professional Artists 18+, Choreographers

Workshop:

Jack Timmermans from De Stilte, Netherlands, will offer an intensive and exciting immersion into dance for young audiences in a day-long workshop aimed at professional dancers and choreographers. He will explore some of the principles used in De Stilte’s successful educational programme 2-1s as well as skills relevant to any dance performance for young audiences. This workshop is intended to kickstart a process of collaboration and development around dance in South Africa, and will feed into the growing Young Dance Network.

About De Stilte: De Stilte dances! For children and with children. Based in Breda, NL, we fly all over the world. With approximately 1,600 activities a year, both in theatres and at schools, we focus on developing and performing productions for all children. Because of our multi-layered approach, our performances are also enjoyed by older children, parents and grandparents!

With multi-faceted, non-verbal performances and dance activities which stir the imagination, dance company de Stilte seeks to stimulate children’s playful curiosity and support their artistic skills. Using their heart and soul in play, children learn about their world; they learn how to position themselves in an overwhelming society. Play is the opposite of everyday routine, play is a child’s personal training ground. While playing, children meet the world on their own terms and in their own dimension. De Stilte creates shows offering time and space to the audience’s imagination. Shows which take children seriously. De Stilte presents a new dance idiom that blends a theme with the scenery and music. Reality is stylized and renewed, along with a unique display of the human body.

In co-production with BRIK, the Brabant International Children’s Festival, de Stilte offers a platform for talented choreographers and theatre-makers who desire to create work for children. Thus de Stilte aims to make a major contribution to the development of youth dance within the field of performing arts in the Netherlands. The company has 10 dancers who are in full-time employment, and presents around 200 shows, 400 dance duets and 1,000 workshops for 70,000 visitors every year. In 2017 de Stilte was the most widely travelled dance and youth performing arts company, for the sixth time in eight years.



Dance for Young Audiences


Speakers:

Ceren Oran (German), Lulu Mlangeni (South Africa), 

Michele Dhallu (France), Jack Timmermans (Netherlands), Fernanda Bertoncello Boff (Brazil), Clayton Santos Guimarães (Brazil)

Venue: Masambe Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: 20 August

Time: 9h00

Duration: 3 hours

Audience: Artists 18+; Dancers, Choreographers, Teachers


Conference:

Description:

This conference will explore a range of themes related to dance for young audiences internationally and locally. It will also speak to the launch of the Young Dance Network and to the potential role this network can play within the international and South African community.

Ceren Oran was born in Istanbul and moved to Salzburg to study contemporary dance at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance); after 2 years of studies in Yildiz Technical University Art and Design Faculty. Since her postgraduate Masters at SEAD; she works as a freelance dancer and choreographer. She danced and also worked with many multidisciplinary artists for her own creations all around Europe and America, and is well known as a Soundpainter.

Lulu Mlangeni: Lulu is an independent artist and leading female voice within the contemporary dance scene in South Africa She was senior dancer, facilitator, teacher and Creative Assistant at Vuyani Dance Theatre based in Newtown Johannesburg. In 2010 she was the winner of a reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 South Africa, and was a choreographer for the Season 3 show. In 2014, she was the inaugural recipient of the Sophie Mgcina Best Emerging Voice Award and also received the award for most promising female dancer in 2007 for Dance Umbrella Festival. Her dance piece, CONFINED, was inspired by the life of political stalwart, Winnie Madikizela Mandela. She was the choreographer of the 2019 presidential inauguration ceremony for President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Michele Dhallu: She joined the National Center for Contemporary Dance of Angers in 1983, then directed by Viola Faber. She founded Carré Blanc Cie and took over the artistic direction in 1986. Since then, she has been responsible for 23 creations with her company, which now includes about twenty people, creative artists, technicians and administrators. At the border of visual theater, Michèle Dhallu's creations attempt to decompartmentalise artistic languages. Since 1992, she has also choreographed for children, convinced of the particular requirement of this public and its profound adequacy with dance. She was an associate artist at the Théâtre de Cahors and at the Auch Conventional Stage from 2010 to 2014. Until 2017, she was a member of the Board of Directors of Scène D'Enfance - ASSITEJ. 

Jack Timmermans: Choreographer, artistic director and founder of De Stilte's company. After studying at the Dance Academy Brabant, Jack Timmermans began teaching at Mikojel Academy in Sittard in 1979. At the same time, he began a four-year career at Danserscollectief, where he created and danced with four (young) professionals.  In 1987, he accepted a full-time position at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg, creating several choreographies for students in the departments of jazz dance, expressionist dance and folk dance. He then founded the company De Stilte, in 1994. De Stilte focuses solely on developing performances and educational activities for children, both in schools and theaters. Its mission, to bring children into contact with the art of dance at its highest level, has carried the company from its origins all over the world.

Fernanda Bertoncello Boff: With a degree in Dance from UFRGS, her artistic and educational studies cover the fields of contemporary dance, circus arts and somatic education. In 2015, she was awarded the Funarte Klauss Vianna Dance Award for Dance for her realization of a solo show of contemporary dance aimed at children: “Pequenices”. In addition, she has been performing in the dance project for children “Improbable Guide for Mutant Bodies” since 2012, conceived by Airton Tomazzoni and winner of the Itaú and Funarte Petrobras Klauss Vianna Dance Awards. She is also a teacher of dance and circus art for children at Azul Anil Espaço de Arte, at the Preparatory Dance School of Porto Alegre and at Colégio Farroupilha. 

Clayton Santos Guimarães is a Producer and Playwright (Dance and Theater), Performer, Teacher / Researcher and Graphic Designer. PhD student in “Advanced Studies in Literary Materialities” at the University of Coimbra. Researcher at the Center for Theater Studies at the University of Porto (CETUP) between 2008 and 2015. He collaborates as a translator and essayist for publications in Brazil and Portugal, and edits books on performing arts. In 2017, he founded the editorial label “Lugar Elástico”, exclusively for dance publications. He collaborated as a playwright in the works of various artists of the Portuguese and Brazilian scene. He is a producer and creative director of “Elastic Place” (PT / BR, www.lugarelastico.com), where he directs dance shows. He is a member of the artistic core from the “Companhia das imagens” and the “Siamese Dance Company”. Clayton has been engaged in creating the Movente Platform, a cultural-political action to develop new strategies for creation and production in dance


Workshop:

Description:

An engaging workshop by actor, director and teacher, Avril Cummins in exploring eco-themes in storytelling. Children will create a mini eco-magazine program insert using material and characters from The Rainbow's Child, an eco-fantasy musical adventure, and themes related to selected SDG's. They will explore creatively through puppetry and play. They will have the opportunity to create materials for sharing with other children online and on social media

Eco-Theatre for Young Audiences

Avril Cummins 

Hey Janice 

South Africa

Venue: Foyer, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: Tuesday 20 August

Time: 9h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Children aged 8-13


Theatre Mediation - Night/Light

ASSITEJ SA

Venue: Foyer, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: 20 August

Time: 11h00

Duration: 1 hour

Audience: Learners who have watched Night/Light

Theatre Mediation:

Description: Unpack Night/Light in this exciting workshop/talkback facilitated by ASSITEJ SA.


Theatre Mediation - Dipalo

ASSITEJ SA

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Minor Hall

Date: 20 August

Time: 11h00

Duration: 1 hour

Audience: Learners who have watched Dipalo

Workshop/Talkback:

Description:

Unpack Dipalo with the writers. Interrogating various themes including religion, mathematical concepts, culture and social media. It uses Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre as a tool to enable participants to co-define matters of concern.


Contemporary Themes in TYA

Moderator: Ulrika Dahl

Speakers:

Selloane Mokuku

(South Africa), 

Clara Vaughan (South Africa) 

Patrick McDonald (Canada), 

Paolo Merisio (Brazil), Aleksey Goncharenko (Russia)

Hamish Neill (Botswana/Zambia)

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Main hall 

Date: 20 August

Time: 14h00

Duration: 3 hours

Audience: Artists 18+; Dancers, Choreographers, 

Teachers


Conference:

Description:

Exploring a range of themes related to contemporary themes in theatre for young audiences, as these appear on South African and international stages.

Moderator:

Ulrika Dahl is a cultural anthropologist, writer and professor of gender studies at the Centre for gender research, Uppsala University in Sweden and a leading queer feminist voice in the Nordic region. Her research interests include feminist and queer politics, critical femininity studies, queer kinship and reproduction, critical whiteness studies and decolonial perspectives on knowledge production and pedagogy.

Panelists:

Selloane (Lalu) Mokuku is a facilitator, performer, storyteller and researcher, focusing on theatre for social transformation. She is a lecturer based at Rhodes University, where her research interests are in Applied Theatre, Translanguaging; theory and performance.  

Clara Vaughan is the head of the  Market Laboratory. Under her leadership and guidance, the Market Laboratory has distinguished itself with accolades and partnerships and awards. She has been a part of the ASSITEJ Inspiring a Generation programme, and created the play "Sex and Me" which toured widely to schools.

Patrick McDonald is the Artistic Director of Green Thumb Theatre; prior to that he was the Artistic Director of Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. He has directed over 75 productions for Green Thumb and won numerous awards. He has overseen the commissioning and development of more than 50 new plays for children, teens and young adults.

Paolo Merisio has a Phd in Theatre, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro/UNIRIO. Associate Professor of Theater in the Graduate and Postgraduate Programs in Performing Arts and Theatre Education at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO). He is  a Member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Theatre Centre for Children and Youth.

Aleksey Goncharenko was born in Moscow, and graduated from The Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS), faculty of theatre history and criticism (2001).  He has a PhD in Art Criticism and Art History (2005) and is a leading specialist of Department for children and youth theatre, puppet theatre of The Theatre Union of the Russian Federation.

Hamish Neill is a researcher, lecturer and director of the Drama for Life Theatre Company, based at the University of the Witwatersrand. His work focuses on Theatre-in-Education praxis for youth, with a particular focus on creating culture-addressing HIV education programmes for adolescence through the UNZIPPED method, which has been developed in partnership between Wits University and the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project.


Child Participation in Theatre for Young Audiences

Denis Agaba 

AD Creatrix 

Uganda

Venue: Masambe Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: Tuesday 20 August

Time: 14h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Children aged 8-13, Artists 18

Workshop:

Description:

Exploring the process with which an artist can work with children as creative collaborators in making theater. Using theater as a tool to help them voice out problems affecting them and soliciting for solutions to problems. The process starts from working with children to extract the issues (mostly issues they fear to speak about), prioritizing the issues, making art from the issues, presentation and impact.


Memories for Use

Unga Klara 

Sweden

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Minor Hall

Date: Tuesday 20 August

Time: 15h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Artists, Teache

Workshop:

Description:

It’s common to talk about the child within. In this workshop, we go into the practices and deeper perspectives behind the phrase. Through the use of memories of situations and experiences from our own childhood, we gain insights about what can be made relevant, important and relatable in theatre for children and young people. The workshop also provides a methodology in how, when and what we play theatre with children’s perspectives at its core. How can we create pedagogies and narratives that go beyond the clichés, and tell more honest stories from the children’s point of view?


TYA in Africa – Cultivating Cultural Citizenship

Veronique Mensah and Nyasha J. Kuchekana-Chirau

VM Born Stars Productions

Namibia

Venue: Masambe Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: Wednesday 21 August

Time: 9h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Artists 18+/ Teachers

Workshop:

Description:

Exploring Theatre for Young Audiences in Africa and Indigenous Languages in Theatre for Young Audiences, and looking into different ways in which storytelling can be used in cultivating Cultural Citizenship in Africa.


Making and Performing Eco Theatre for Young Audiences

Speakers:

Kyla Davis, Modisana Mabale, Fumbani Phiri

Venue: Old Post Office, Guga S’thebe

Date: 21 August

Time: 9h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Artists 18+; Teachers

Conference:

Description:

Arts practitioners and creators of contemporary environmentally conscious theatre in Southern Africa share examples of their work and methods, as well as explore how ecological crises can and should be performed for children and young people.

Kyla Davis is a theatremaker, director and activist who specialised at The School of Physical Theatre in London. She is interested in interpreting for the stage, themes related to Climate Change and Sustainability. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Well Worn Theatre Company. Through their touring productions, the company aims to help grow an ecologically conscious new generation.

Modisana Mabale is a poet, actor, creative writer, environmentalist and a Performance artist, from Sharpeville, Gauteng. As Director of Street Arts Government, he has been documenting dumping sites in Sharpeville for over three years and has turned one of these into a scenic park.

Fumban Innot Phiri is an actor and scriptwriter with Solomonic Peacocks Theatre, based in Blantyre, Malawi, who has written 30 productions. He is trained as a theatre director and is studying Journalism at the University of Malawi -The Polytechnic.He is also a poet, and is motivated to help install the creative arts in Malawi as a tool of development. He participated in the ASSITEJ Next Generation programme at the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.


Soundpainting

Ceren Oran

Germany

Venue: Erin Hall, Rondebosch

Date: Wednesday 21 August

Time: 11h30

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Children / Artists/ Teachers

Soundpainting is the live composing sign language created in 1974 by New York composer Walter Thompson for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists. The Soundpainting language comprises more than 1200 gestures that are signed by the composer/director, known as the Soundpainter, indicating the type of material desired of the performers.

 

Soundpainting is a fascinating pedagogical tool to work with children, art students, teachers, children with different cultural backgrounds or with special needs. It helps practice listening, understanding the group energy and improve the individual skills to improvise with voice, movement or with a theatrical character. Its multidisciplinary structure, gives every single participant the possibility to perform and to compose during the same workshop or project.

www.soundpainting.com


Chiffonnade

Carre Blanc Cie and Lulu Mlangeni

France & South Africa 

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Minor Hall

Date: Wednesday, 21 August

Time: 10h45

Duration: 45 mins

Audience: Artists who have watched Chiffonnade

Artist Talkback:

Description:

Michele Dhallu:

I do believe that children are the best and the most clever audience thanks to their curiosity and open mindness. Their capacity to plunge into the show and proceed - it allows them to experiment the show in a specific way. That is why I choreograph for them.



Theatre Mediation - Evil

ASSITEJ SA

Venue: Amphitheatre, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: 21 August

Time: 12h00

Venue: Foyer, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: Thursday 22 August

Time: 11h30

 

Duration: 1 hour

Audience: Learners who have watched Evil

Theatre Mediation:

Description:

EVIL is the chilling account of the teenage years of Erik Ponti. A victim of an abusive step-father and drawn to petty crime, he is sent to an elite boarding school where bullying is the currency of a violent student council.  Here Erik befriends the gentle, non-violent Pierre and musters the strength and determination to confront the bullies.

Adapted from Jan Guillou's semi-autobiographical novel "Ondskan"  EVIL features the award-winning Jaques de Silva in a riveting  solo performance.


EcoTheatre for Young Audiences

Vincent Meyburgh

Jungle Theatre Company

South Africa

 

Venue: Amphitheatre, Guga S’thebe

Date: Wednesday 21 August

Time: 13h00

Venue: Foyer, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: Thursday 22 August

Time: 11h00

Duration: 1 hour

Audience: Children aged 8-13

Workshop:

Description:

African folktales connect us to nature and ourselves. Tell a story, invite children to imagine environment, be in the environment, become the environment, become the animals, become the people and tell the story in their own words.

Vincent Meyburgh, artistic director of Jungle Theatre Company. conceptualizes productions and programmes; directs; performs; develops and trains actors. His passion for original family theatre and the environment makes him a driving force in the children and young people’s theatre scene.


(Post)Colonial Perspectives in X

Unga Klara

Swede

Venue: Masambe Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: Wednesday 21 August

Time: 15h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Artists, Teachers, Researchers

Seminar:

Description:

In conversation with Unga Klara, Sweden’s national theatre for children and young people. Since its founding in 1975, Unga Klara theater has focused on performing newly-written dramas, particularly those which present a child's perspective.  Described as “wild, daring and sharp” its writers and collaborators adapt serious topics into playful and sometimes provocative forms, combining different levels of abstraction, as well as heavy and light emotional modalities. They examine and develop their ideas using test audiences from the very beginning of rehearsals and throughout the production process. The past 40 years of encounters, explorations, and purposeful efforts have positioned Unga Klara uniquely within the Swedish and international culture scene, and it is widely known for its explorative and innovative way of working. Established by pioneer, Suzanne Osten, the theatre was alone in illuminating difficult issues for children. Suzanne perceived children's need for art, theatre that is not about education or upbringing - a theatre that took children seriously.

About X:

X is a show that explores living in a country with a colonial and racist history. It explores how Sweden has acted with indifference, condemned and excluded and ruthlessly divided people. We have exploited land and taken the right to own people.Sami children did not have to go to regular schools until the 1950s. The last Swedish slave was bought on October 9, 1847. X is also about the part in you that is scared. But it is everyone's fear, everyone's anxiety about change. We are approaching our perhaps most urgent question of our time: How do we live with each other? With humor, blackness and sadness, we are shaken by the invasive vision of the world.


Child Participation in TYA: 1, 2 & 3

Conference/Sharing

3 Sessions / 3 days

Belgium/South Africa

Child Participation in TYA 1: The Child as Creative Collaborator

Dominique Collet / Thando Doni

Company: Kopergietery and ASSITEJ SA

Belgium/South Africa

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Minor Hall

Date: Wednesday 21 August

Time: 15h30

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Artists, Teachers, Researchers

Child Participation in TYA 2: Theatre Mediation

Michiel van Cauwelaert  / Tsholofelo Shounyane

ASSITEJ SOUTH AFRICA and Cie Barbarie

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective

Date: Thursday 22 August

Time: 15h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Artists, Teachers, Researchers

Child Participation in TYA 3: Child as Dramaturg

Jayne Batzofin / Geert Vandyck

ASSITEJ SOUTH AFRICA and Bronks theatre

South Africa / Belgium

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Minor Hall

Date: Saturday 25 August

Time: 15h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Artists, Teachers, Researchers

The sharing from a collaborative project between Flemish theatre companies and ASSITEJ SA, to explore child participation in theatre for young audiences. There are three focus points: the child as dramaturg (assisting to shape the creation of a piece and to reflect on it), the child as instigator of creative product in collaboration with adults, and the interface between the child and the piece of theatre before and after the theatre experience. The Flemish artists are working with members of ASSITEJ SA to explore possibilities and approaches.

Kopergietery is a creative venue for young people, focusing on drama, dance and music. A house where children and young adults are confronted with art.  A house where artists and children create together and inspire one another. A house that puts on performances, invites guest performers and organizers drama workshops. Kopergietery began its life as Speelteater Ghent, founded by Eva Bal. This was the first dramatic arts center for children and young adults in Belgium, and in 2001 it changed names to KOPERGIETERY. Johan de Smet took over the creative baton in 2004.

Children are viewed as the source, the driving force, the ground beneath all artistry. Children are accepted as they are, but also for what they can be. Children are urged into becoming creative, tolerant human beings who learn how to think for themselves through art.

 

Compagnie Barbarie is a professional theatre collective consisting of seven women. All of them graduated at the RITS drama school in Brussels.

In the course of the years, the “Barbaries” developed their own specific visual language. Visuality and humor are two important distinctive features that emerge in every production. In terms of content, the focus is on existing clichés and exposing prejudice.

Michiel van Cauwelaert is an independent artist, researcher and teacher who works with Compagnie Barbarie on occasion. Michiel creates a lot of effect (s) with few resources. He is an award winning installation artist who has created performances at home and abroad, all the way to New York.

 

BRONKS is Brussels’ Dutch-language theatre for young audiences.

BRONKS productions are appealing and relaxing, but also contrary and demanding. It is theatre that engages with the world and provides a means by which to understand it better. In our own productions and a varied and well-considered choice of guest productions, our aim is to surprise, take risks, confront and display intelligence and humour.

STUDIO BRONKS is the department that engages in art education in and beyond the school building and school day. The projects that take shape here are as important to us as breathing. Not only for children and adolescents who are familiar with theatre, but also for those for whom it is unknown (and unloved) territory so they can discover that art is a medium with which they can express themselves. The intensive interaction between professional performing artists and creators on the one hand, and children and youngsters on the other, keeps BRONKS firmly in the real world.


Contemporary themes in TYA

Patrick McDonald

Green Thumb Theatre

Canada

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Minor Hall

Date: Thursday 22 August

Time: 9h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Children aged 8-13, Artists 18+

Workshop:

Patrick McDonald will lead a workshop in his approach to creating contemporary theatre for teens.

Founded in 1975, Green Thumb Theatre is a force within the field of theatre for young audiences, not only in British Columbia, but across the country and throughout the world. Green Thumb has performed for over 5 million people and has toured to every province and two territories in Canada, 36 US States, and 11 countries overseas. Committed to producing excellent material that is rewarding for artists and audiences alike, Green Thumb remains in high demand because we place youth engagement and artistic integrity on an even plane.


Transformative Education: An integrated approach of teaching foundation phase maths with familiar forms of arts

Neo Letsoalo

South Africa

Venue: Masambe Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: Thursday 22 August

Time: 14h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Artists 18+;

Teachers

Workshop:

How to carry out a mathematics lesson for Grade 1 learners, using an arts based approach. Her research looks into classroom mathematics and why the statistics pointed to a negative decline in comprehension and general attitude towards learning. Her core focus was the facilitation of maths in a classroom, using forms of art such as dramaturgy, song and dance.

Her goals are to highlight the benefits of this kind of approach, to establish the relationship between the participants (teachers) with the intended target (learners), to create a memorable and fun experience that learners will carry throughout their learning years and alter their attitudes towards mathematics.


Pequenices (Tininess)

Fernanda Bertoncello Boff

Brazil

Venue: Erin Hall, Rondebosch

Date: Thursday 22 August

Time: 15h00

Duration: 3 hours

Audience: Dancers, Choreographers

Dance Workshop:

Description:

Explore a process which is all about child participation in dance performance with reference to the creation of the project Pequenices (Tiniess).

The topic “traveling” is the tone that guides the show, and as in a game, it invites children to “travel in this dance”, that is, the little ones also become protagonists in the play. Adults and guests enjoy it from the audience. Preferably, with no restrictions.

Fernanda Bertoncello Boff: received the Funarte Klauss Vianna Dance Award in 2016 and Best Direction and Best Scenic Design at the Açorianos Dance Awards in 2017.


Arts Education

Speakers:

Puleng Plessie,

Alison Green,

Andrico Goosen,

Margot Wood,

Alex Sutherland

 

Venue: Masambe Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: Thursday 22 August

Time: 15h00

Duration: 3 hours

Audience: Artists 18+; Teachers; Researchers

Conference:

Description:

Explore a range of themes related to arts education as it is taking place in schools and community spaces.

Puleng Plessie (South Africa): Re-Imagining Indigenous and Current Language and Terminologies in Arts Education. Working in an inter-generational and interdisciplinary manner through storytelling (Ingenekwane).

Alison Green (South Africa): The impact of the Kickstarter Educational Empowerment project - an Artist in Residency Education initiative, 3 years on from the initial pilot programme, in a case study of one school in the Northern Free State, Sasolberg, Zamdela.

Alex Sutherland (South Africa): Freedom Now!

'Freedom Now!' youth arts festival brings together young people who would not ordinarily interact together to share and make art and performances in public spaces. Theatrical performance and art making enact a politics of integration that values and acknowledges young people as political players that can and will actively shape a different future.

Andrico Goosen (South Africa): A New Collision: Bridging the Divide for Cross Continental and Multicultural Work.                                                                       In 2019 Wilson, a red giant alien, made his way to South Africa. Wilson is the brain child of Retrofuturisten, a production house from Berlin, Germany. Together with White Gold Art House (then The Loft Puppet Company), Retrofuturisten took a look at cross continental collaborations and how we can cross the divide of borders, language, cultures, knowledge etc to explore child participation in theatre and spaces beyond the theatre.

Ms Margot Wood (South Africa): Directing Children: the use of Lessac’s Kinesensics as a method for directing Middle School learners


Book Launch Between the Pillar and the Post

Market Theatre laboratory

South Africa

 

Venue: Masambe, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: Thursday 22 August

Time: 19h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Teachers,Researchers, Artists, General Audience

Book Launch:

Description:

The Market Theatre Laboratory, together with independent publisher Diartskonageng, have launched Between the Pillar and the Post, a multi-lingual anthology of contemporary South African monologues and scenes. This ground-breaking new collection offers a broad range of texts, with a particular focus on identities, languages and themes that are under-represented in the South African theatre canon. It features 29 of South Africa’s most interesting emerging and established playwrights, writing in 8 South African languages.

 

Kwasha! Theatre Company  and Market Lab students will be performing a selection of monologues and scenes from the anthology, followed by a panel discussion about language and identity in South African theatre.  


Inclusivity in TYA

Speakers:

Kaitlin Jaskolski (UCT)

Margot Wood (CPUT)

Jayne Batzofin (Independent Artist)

 

Type: Conference

Venue: Masambe Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: Friday 23 August

Time: 9h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Teachers,Researchers, Artists

Confrence:

Description:

This session will explore aspects of Inclusive theatre for young audiences. Inclusive Arts takes many forms but at the heart of the work is the involvement of Disabled artists and/or engagement with Disabled young people. Typically Inclusive Arts practitioners see access issues as positive creative stimuli and not as an additional add on.

The areas of work that is placed under the Inclusive Arts umbrella includes:

●        Work for young disabled audiences

●        Work created by disabled Artists for young audiences (both disabled and non-disabled young audiences)

●        Work about disability from skilled writers for all audiences performed by disabled performers.

The artists and companies involved in this area of work don’t share a global common language.Some define themselves as “Inclusive”, “interactive”, “integrated” or “accessible”; others use terms like “disabled-led” or “disability arts” or talk about “unlocking authentic voices”.Inclusive Art recognises the contributions of disabled people, the value of inclusive practices, and the importance of representation with dignity, diversity and difference that enable disabled young people, participants and artists to take part in experiencing and making theatre.


Meeting and Gameplaying Dramaturgies

Name: Ieltxu Ortueta

Country: Spain / Brazil

Type: Workshop

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Minor Hall

Date: Friday 23 August

Time: 10h00

Duration: 2 hours

Audience: Children aged 4-7, Teachers, Artists,

Workshop:

Description:

Explores the idea that the child is an artist (we are all artists) and that the adult can accompany the child as a creative collaborator in a meeting between child and artist, using different gameplaying dramaturgies.


I start from the idea that the artist and the child have some intrinsic connections to try to understand the world that puts them side by side. The need to invent, the curiosity to build (create) and the pleasure of the game experience that allows them to discover possibilities that multiply are elements that the two have in common. Thus, the statement that we are all artists, or rather that all children carry the creative and inventive power and are artists by evolution and vital necessity, seems to me a fundamental starting point for the work that I develop as an artist together with children.

Together a collective game is created and discovered by the singularities and powers of children, who discover how to do something collectively, across age groups and generations.


Theatre Mediation: Hani: the Legacy

ASSITEJ SOUTH AFRICA

Venue: Amphitheatre, Baxter Theatre Centre

 Date: Friday 23 August

Time: 11h00

Duration: 1,5 hours

Audience: Learners about to see Hani: the Legacy

Workshop:

Chris Hani’s message for the youth is voiced. In an energetic hour-long show filled with song and dance, we grapple with the gap Hani left us and are inspired by how we can use his legacy to move forward. Hani especially appeals to a young audience. It is informative and educational, as well as being an inspiring, robust theatrical experience.


Aesthetics of Early Years Theatre

Moderator: Yvette Hardie (South Africa) 

Speakers:

Jennie Reznek (South Africa)

Ceren Oran (Germany)

Schoeme Grobler (South Africa),

Paolo Merisio (Brazil)

 

Venue: Magnet Theatre

Date: Friday 23 August

Time: 14h00

Duration: 2,5 hours

Audience: Teachers,Researchers, Artists, General Audience, Early childhood development specialists

Panel Discussion:

Description: 

ASSITEJ members are currently working on a large scale Creative Europe project called “Mapping. A Map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early years” . Using this project’s research framework, we shall explore some of the questions that emerge when we consider our own practices in theatre for early years.

Mapping is an artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, from 0 to 6 years, through performing arts. In particular, it explores the idea of “children-spectators of today and not only of tomorrow”.

We will explore some points on the Map to help us find our way, step by step, within the sensitive relationship between young child and artist (the Key Elements of this relationship: the Contact, the Proposal, the Reaction and the Balance), when we intersect them with the fundamentals of the performing arts (the Filters: Sound, Word, Image and Movement).


Theatre Mediation: Warona

ASSITEJ South Africa

Venue: Theatre Arts Admin Collective

Date: Friday 23 August

Time: 16h30

Date: Friday 23 August

Time: 20h00

Duration: 1 hour

Audience: High School learners after seeing Warona

Theatre Mediation:

Description: 

Warona grapples with “questions of street justice and community responses to drug culture in the Western Cape. As children are placed under threat, so families seek to create alternative pathways for the next generation.”


BRICS TYA Alliance

BRICS Countries:

Brazil: Paolo Merisio, Clayton Santos Guimarães, Ieltxu Ortueta, Fernanda Bertoncello Boff

China: YANG Fan, WANG Dong, WANG Bingran

India: Naveen Tater

Russia: Aleksey Goncharenko

South Africa: Yvette Hardie, Selloane Mokuku, Jayne Batzofin, Tsholofelo Shounyane.

Venue: Masambe Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre

Date: Sunday 25 August

Time: 14h00

Duration: 3 hours

Audience: Representatives of BRICS countries

Conference/Meeting:

Description:

The BRICS TYA Alliance is an agreement between the ASSITEJ centres of BRICS countries to cooperate and exchange around the subject of TYA. This meeting is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture.

 

The purpose of the BRICS TYA agreement is to foster:

1. Professional development through exchanges of experienced artists/ workshops

2. Research - sharing of aspects related to TYA relevant to the BRICS countries

3. Sharing of productions between BRICS countries

 

The meeting will explore strategies to pursue these aims together.

 

In attendance are, from BRAZIL:

Paolo Merisio:  See Contemporary Themes in TYA above. He represents ASSITEJ Brazil.

Fernanda Bertoncello Boff: See Dance for Young Audiences above.

Clayton Santos Guimarães:  See Dance for Young Audiences above.

 

Ieltxu Ortueta: Born in the Basque Country, he has lived in Brazil since 2003. He is an actor, performer, art historian and graphic designer.

He has a degree in Art History from the University of the Basque Country / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea and attended the Barakaldo-Barakaldoko Antzerki Ikastegia Theater School. He studied Commedia dell Arte in Italy with Antonio Fava. In 2012, he created ARTEFACTOS BASCOS, a platform that has as its main focus graphic creation, the development of stage productions and multidisciplinary projects, such as FLOU! an interactive performance for children about live drawing research, movement and gesture and TAXI ACTION SP, an experience in transit. He worked as an arts educator of performance, improvisation and physical theater.

 

From CHINA:

YANG Fan

Mr. YANG Fan is the Vice President of China National Theatre for Children. He used to work on cultural communication and management in Ministry of Culture and Tourism of P.R.C. Since he started to work in CNTC from 2012, he started to be Production Supervisor in many classical shows including Malan Flower, Magic Boat, Three Monks. He worked as the Vice President and General Secretary of Organization of ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2018 in Beijing. Since 2012 he became Vice President of the Organisation of China Children’s Theatre Festival. He has travelled widely representing CNTC for communication, dedicating on improving cross-regional collaboration among BRICS countries, to strengthen common development of children’s theatre and international cultural exchanges.

 

WANG Dong

WANG Dong is working as the Deputy Director of Cooperation and Development Department of China National Theatre for Children. He was the Deputy Director of Organization Office of ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2018 in Beijing, during which he organized Artistic Encounter . He is the Marketing of puppetry show Yeh-Shen of CNTC. In 2018, he participated in the 2nd China – CEEC Arts Cooperation Forum representing Chinese artists. In 2019 he organized the activities International Cooperation and Development Forum of Children’s Theatre during the 9th China Children’s Theatre Festival in Beijing. He went to Denmark, India, and Thailand for communication representing CNTC, to improve cultural and arts exchange of China and abroad.

 

WANG Bingran

WNAG Bingran is the National First Class director, he is the Director of Script and Directing Studio of Beijing Children’s Theatre for Children. He has directed outstanding theatre for children since he started to work in this field.

 

Naveen Tater: Naveen has been part of Bangalore Little Theatre's Children's Theatre program since 2010. He is a trained trainer,  involved in earlier education extension work in schools. He is a member of the BLT Management Committee and Honorary Treasurer of the Trust. He represents ASSITEJ India.

 

Aleksey Goncharenko: See Contemporary Themes in TYA above. He represents ASSITEJ Russia.