The Choreography – Interactivity, Language and Integration: Method Development for Norm-Creative Performing Arts is a project that intends to make the performing arts accessible for everyone. The project aims to create a norm-creative cultural experience in several languages and to develop methods in interactive performing arts, multilingualism and integration.
The project entails an interactive performance entitled The Choreography (Koreografin in Swedish). It is available in Swedish and will be translated into nine additional languages in order to give more people the opportunity to participate and to meet across language boundaries. At the same time, the project also develops a new method for performing arts that can contribute to increased knowledge, greater accessibility and more multilingual performing arts. The project will conclude with a tour around Sweden that will spread the performance and the method across the country.
The long-term goal is that the multilingual version of The Choreography will continue touring after the project ends, and that it will be available in Swedish, English, Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Tigrinya, Somali, Farsi, Turkish and Kurdish (Sorani). It should also be possible for the method to be used by dance and theatre institutions, performing arts groups, arts schools and others to create new accessible and multilingual works.
The target groups of the project are pupils in primary school and primary special education grades 4–9 and students in upper secondary special education as well. Focus is placed on newly arrived children and young people. As a performance translated into multiple languages, The Choreography becomes an equal meeting place through the way in which it is performed for both newly arrived students and established students together at the same time.
The project is being implemented in collaboration with a reference group of multilingual young people from Haninge Municipality in Stockholm. A group of researchers and artists will also follow the project and participate in a series of seminars in order to contribute their knowledge to the process of method development. Our partners are Haninge Municipality, ABF Stockholm Interpreter Training, the Unga Klara Children and Youth Theatre, Dance Consultants in Sweden and the Cultural Education Council.
The project is supported by the Swedish Inheritance Fund (Allmänna Arvsfonden) between the years 2018 and 2020.
Have a listen!
Click here to listen to a sample of The Choreography.