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1000 Pieces Puzzle 2017
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Mar 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Years of experience in the urban dance scene show that there is a clear need for good informal skill and attitude training as well as confidence building and empowerment. Because urban dance artists (or aspiring artists) are mostly young, untrained and come from diverse background (socially, ethnically, …) they feel a huge need for support on different levels.Supported by group leaders, participants jointly carry out a programme designed and prepared by them.In working out an exchange programme between Brussels and London, the participants go a step further than developing a training in the daily environment. The project brings in the aspects of cross-fertilisation, it removes boundaries between cultures, bringing in new ideas from the other country and promoting new forms of cooperation.For the 1000 Pieces Puzzle project, dance is a tool to reach these goals. A medium to work on empowerment, mobility, innovation and collaboration with young people from different backgrounds.Through informal learning 1000 Pieces Puzzle wants to give the necessary tools to young emerging dance artists to develop their skills in choreography, business management, audience development, fundraising and marketing in order to work themselves up as leaders in their field. The main objectives are to connect with peers from another culture and experience this culture, to exchange intensively with their peers, gaining confidence in themselves as artists and in their entrepreneurship and empowerment, increase opportunities for professional development and international collaborations.Brussels (Zinnema) en London (ELD) will each recruit 20 participants between 17 and 30 years old of the following profile:-emerging young dance artists who are ready to commit to the project to the fullest and possibly with a link to the community where the organisations are based,-mainly untrained dancers, both female and males (we aim at a balanced number of each gender),-from different social, ethnic and economical backgrounds.Each group will visit the other group in their home town for 6 days each. We offer a variety of workshops, peer-to-peer discussions and monitoring, sofa sessions, outdoor activities (underground dance jams) and both groups work on performances, a film and a documentary together. The “home group” will guide the “guest group” to explore their city and environment, they will show them how they live, work and play.We also use a variety of methods, such as group games, team learning, pitching, monitoring, interactive sessions and many more ways for informal learning.After the actual project the tangible outcomes (mainly the films) will be shown on numerous platforms and both organisations engage in sharing the interesting findings with other organisations, stakeholders and decision makers. With each participant we will have a follow-up session to guide them further along their particular (artistic) road.
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