Shape It

Shape It  (2019 - 2022) is a project which aims to broaden the audience for contemporary dance in Europe. We do this by inviting young dance makers in Europe to consider how an existing performance can be reconsidered for an audience of young people. Through development labs, residencies and touring, we will support artists to reimagine the audience for their work. Together, through the partnerships we build, the conversations we have, and the audiences we meet, we seek to model a new approach to developing dance for young people.

Shape It is delivered by a partnership of The Place (UK), Annantalo (Finland), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (Italy) and Tanec Praha (Czech Republic).  

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As cultural education is marginalised across Europe it is even more important for those who make art - producers and artists - to consider how we embrace young people in our work.  Young audiences are curious, demanding and discerning, and the dialogue with them around art and the issues it raises can be hugely fruitful for artists.
Four artists/companies will be invited to participate in a series of events that aim to support them as they reconsider their work for a young audience.

The events include: 

Four days of talks, discussions and activities for the selected Shape It artists and ten local artists from each partner organisation, focused on discovering the local context for dance for young audiences.
Shape It artists will be hosted for a week by one of the partners to consider how their performance can communicate most effectively with a young target audience.
The shows will tour in each of the four countries to arts venues, schools & community centres. 

A selection panel made up of artistic leads from each partner organisation: Comune di Bassano (Italy), Tanec Praha (Czech Republic), Annantalo (Finland) and The Place (UK)  selected work from early-career makers that pushes the boundaries of traditional performance for young people, represents the diversity of young audiences and is adaptable to a range of performance spaces.

The artists selected for year one of the project are:

Viktor Černický - PLI
Czech Republic-based performance maker Viktor Černický has been invited to adapt his show PLI for an audience aged 3-5 years. 

Linda Hayford - AlShe/Me
France-based performer and choreographer Linda Hayford has been invited to adapt her show AlShe/Me for an audience aged 12-15 years.

The artists selected for year two of the project are:

POCKETART/Johana Pocková & Sabina Bočková - The Lion's Den
Czech Republic-based choreographers and dancers Johana Pocková and Sabina Bočková have been invited to adapt their show  The Lion's Den for an audience aged 6 - 11 years.

Masako Matsushita - Vibes#3
Italy-based choreographer Masako Matsushita has been invited to adapt her choreographic audio experience Vibes#3 for an audience aged 12 - 15 years.