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Youth Europe and Theatre
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

YET Youth, Europe and Theatre is a theatre project in which pupils and teachers from different countries work together towards the realization of different theatre productions. Strategy: The discussion about the balance between the working process, through which we reach our aims, and the visible outcome (a performance) have been going on for many years. In our experience there actually is no discrepancy between the two. By aiming at the best possible, ambitious but for the students concrete results (a performance) the working process is intensified dramatically, and therefore more effective. By jointly producing a stage play pupils are forced to communicate by means of speech, gesture, movement and music. This makes it easier to break through the barriers of making contact. In this way the possible lack of fluency in the communication language is, in the beginning, less important for the person’s functioning in the group. The need to communicate grows when the ice has been broken. Making theatre also has a strong emotional component which causes contacts with people from other cultures to be even more intense. This helps to gain a growing insight into and understanding of the other person’s culture and cultural heritage: a more open, less prejudiced attitude towards other cultures and enhances a sense of European citizenship. Besides, this will be a stimulation of interest in art and culture in general and in those of the participating countries in particular, encouraging tolerance and respect for other nations. Students fluency will improve a lot when forced to speak in a foreign language during a fortnight. YET won several prizes: The 2nd prize in the National Education Award (Netherlands 1998) and twice the European Label Award (Italy 2007, Finland 2008).
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