Once Upon a Wall: An interactive dance theatre performance for children and families

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Once Upon a Wall is an interactive dance theatre work for children and families. The piece is the culmination of two years of research and development with partners from TIN Arts (an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation which specialises in inclusive dance), Stockton International Riverside Festival, Middlesbrough Town Hall, and Priory Woods School (an all age community special school which provides a quality, inclusive education for pupils with severe learning difficulties and those with profound and multiple needs). Drawing on research on interactive theatre, theatre for children, and performance with and for children with additional needs, the show develops innovative ways to empower, include and celebrate its young audience. In particular, the work explores collaboration and problem solving as an approach to idea and concept exploration (Gilbert, Dance Education in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective, 2005), the use of props and costume to stimulate self-expression and interaction (de Tord, P. & Bräuninger, I., Grounding: Theoretical application and practice in dance movement therapy, 2015) and choice, autonomy, and how interactive theatre can impact wellbeing in children (The Good Childhood Report, 2012.)( Nagel & Hovik, The SceSam Project—Interactive dramaturgies in performing arts for children, 2016) The show was developed with the generous support of Arts Council England, Middlesbrough Council, Stockton International Riverside Festival, and the Great Place programme. I discuss the methodology for the performance further in an article written for ArtsPraxis (Essex, J. (2019). Co-operative Make-Believe as Practice in Children’s Interactive Dance Theatre. ArtsPraxis, 6(1), 111-119.) and have been invited to discuss the work at All Young Stories Symposium 2019 (Keele University, United Kingdom, and Out of the Frame: International Theatre Forum and Conference 2019 (Cluj, Romania). The work has been performed at:Greenbelt Festival (Kettering), Salisbury Arts Festival, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Birdhouse Family Festival (Cleethorpes), Stockton International Riverside Festival, IncludFest (Hardwick Park): a fully inclusive and accessible arts festival for children, young people and families, Redhall Community Centre: As part of community outreach through the Great Place programme.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2019
EventSalisbury International Arts Festival - Salisbury, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jun 20191 Jun 2019
https://www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk/whats-on/festival/

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