Inclusive dance for a young audience
The main idea of this project was in collaboration between choreographer (host) Birute Baneviciute and team members actor, director and theatre educator Iryna Zapolska and choreographer and dancer Nadiia Matsiuk to create a new version of their interactive movement performance for children of 6-24 months “Sand and Water”, created in 2021 in collaboration with me as a consultant. They planned to develop ideas, explore ways of expression and construct performance with a new approach and the possibility to perform it for the audience of children with mental and physical impairments (Autism, Down syndrome, etc.). This idea appeared when colleagues saw Birute Baneviciute work with such children, were inspired and wanted to bring this kind of approach to Ukraine and break the barriers so that any child with any abilities could experience performing arts.
By practically participating in the creative workshops Iryna and Nadiia experienced how to interact with children with mental and physical impairments, how to understand their reactions to movement material, how to improvise and still maintain dance structure of the performance.