Total project grant (euros)
1 Aug 2018 - 1 Dec 2021
Number of partners in project
The Ark Children's Cultural Centre, Ireland
Aben Dans Productions, Denmark
Cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Belgium
Norsk Scenekunstbruk As, Norway
PUSH+ is a 3-year co-operation project investigating three important topics - Home, Failure and Different Bodies – to initiate new artistic ideas in theatre and dance for young audiences.
PUSH+ will shake things up and ask deeper questions about who is represented and who is not, and explore what we can collectively do to see an excellent, relevant and artistically diverse range of performances on our stages.PUSH+ will use 3 Labs (45 artists), 3 Residencies (12 artists), 3 Festival Presentations (12 artists), 3 Festival Visits (30 artists), an International Workshop (5 artists) and a Symposium to provoke intercultural dialogue around these questions:
Home – How does our emotional connection to ‘home’ affect our European identity and sense of belonging?
How can we perform ideas of ‘home’ to include refugees and those moving to or within Europe?
Do we really know who is living in our cities when even the diversity is diversifying?
Failure – What is the impact on children of the pressure to succeed?
How can we work within live performance to promote the idea of a right to fail?
Can we use performance to explore the anxiety present in an increasing number of children?
Different Bodies – Why do we see the same types of bodies performing on stage?
What is the impact of that on our audiences and on the artistic potential of our art forms?
Where are the disabled makers and their productions for young audiences?
PUSH+ ultimately asks how we can develop and programme performances that promote cultural diversity and inclusion, and that reflect all of our citizens?
The topics will run alongside the promotion of three performance formats – Participatory, Site-specific and Intergenerational – to experiment with form as well as with the content. PUSH+ is a partnership of Imaginate (Scotland, UK), CCHA/Krokusfestival (Belgium), The Ark (Ireland), Aaben Dans (Denmark), Scenekunstbruket (Norway) with Associate Partner Bangkok International Children’s Festival (Thailand).