E-Motion: Theater and Video-Art against xenophoby
Start date: Jul 1, 2014,
End date: Dec 31, 2014
The project E-motion takes shape in the need of greater integration and understanding between countries, which are still full of mutual prejudices , due to quick migration phenomena, often harbingers of personal disappointments and social risks that the economic crisis has often increased. The partner countries will be respectively 2 included in the European Union ( Italy and Croatia ) and two part of the Eastern Partnership (Moldova and Belarus).
The exchange will take place in Italy , in Fucecchio (FI), a historic town in the Tuscan countryside , 40km from Florence, in a charming hostel with kitchen and meeting room. It will last for one week ( 6 nights ) and will take place in the second half of September (while the APV will take place at the end of August).
Each promoter will send 4 participants (18-25) + 1 group leader (no age limit), so that we will have 16 participants.
During the exchange we would like to discuss - and try to overcome – some prejudices and clichés with expressive instruments, using methods of the non formal education, where participation and sharing (ideas, concerns, suggestions, criticisms ) represent the key elements. The two principal activities will be Forum Theatre and Video Art.
The Belarusian partners will carry out the introduction and facilitation in the activity of Forum Theatre, a highly appropriate tool in the management and resolution of this type of conflicts. On the other hand, the Moldavian partner, along with us, will be responsible for the second instrument the Video Art: a simple and straightforward type of visual communication, especially for the youngsters.
The partners -who have already taken part in the conception of the project - will work actively in the preparation of the program during all project phases.
The first activity will be a meeting with some immigrants from countries of the Eastern Partnership (Moldovan and Belarusian) living in Italy, which - through the stories of their experiences - will offer very important insights to develop stories that will be discussed and represented both through theatre and video. The result will be a storytelling of problems, frustrations but also realized expectations, stories about countries but also a future-oriented way of life, stories of people who want to come back and stories of people who want to stay.
At the end of the project, we would like participants to get at least basilar skills concerning the two most important activities. We would also like them to get able to read a problem from different points of view, to be more into the subject, being more careful regarding the problems of contemporary society. Our aim is also that of increasing the capability of participants in group works, motivation in sharing ideas, awareness about european citizenship and active participation, the values of mobility. The participant will develop skills that will be useful for their own education and developing, also for a future search of work.
Through playful activities and role-playing games they will improve their own listening skills and their own critical sense in the evaluation of proposals and situations.
Thanks to an orizzontal approach, they will be involved in situations where they will have to share their own skills and opinions, being protagonists of every activity.
In addition to activities closely related to the project there will also be two trips, one in Florence and one in Siena, two beautiful cities no more than an hour from the place of execution of the project .
On the sidelines of the project a blog will be set up, where we will collect the impressions of the participants, the reportage documentation ( photos and video) of the initiative, the filming of theatrical performances and videos made by the participants.
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