Theatre Playground 2.0
Pilot project of cultural education
The project entitled Theatre Playground seeks to bring contemporary theatre to schools all over Slovenia and engage participating students not only as consumers of art, but also as creative producers. The project aspires to establish art as an entity in its own right and thus posits artistic practice as an outstanding teaching instrument, liable to produce impressive results.
The last couple of years have seen Bunker invest its efforts in providing art & culture education within the school system and the inevitable realisation in the process was that this particular area of education is severely malnourished in terms of suitable human resources and lacks relevant contact with contemporary practices as far as its content and methodology go. The school system on one side and art on the other are two diametrically different entities and there’s no pre-existing model available to simply translate one into the other. Art education makes sense and produces relevant results only if it enables a direct encounter with a given work of art (i.e. contemporary and relevant artistic expression and its related context) and with its creators.
The essential aim of the project is therefore to offer employment to young artists and have them teach contemporary cultural and artistic contents in schools. More than 20 schools from the entire Slovenia are to take part in the project, each hosting young artists who are to contribute in compulsory elective contents (theatre clubs and dance in part), in Slovenian language class and in all the courses that adopt artistic approaches with otherwise non-artistic contents. Carried out in schools for the most part, this programme will be accompanied by an abundant offer of theatre performances with corresponding workshops, conversations and experiences of cultural tourism in Maribor and Ljubljana, the cities that schools will be invited to visit as part of their cultural content.
Three seasons / Three school years
* Audience – 2017/2018
All activities focused on theatre as an experience and on analysis and reflections of professional contemporary theatre.
* Stage – 2018/2019
Key focus is the experience of creating, of partaking in the process of the creation.
* New horizons – 2019/2020
Year focused on intertwining theatre with other arts and with information-communication technology and other new technologies.
The Mladibor project was conceived in collaboration with partners in 2011 in order to provide the Maribor youth with interesting artistic tools in a manner that would allow for active participation and thus encourage them to create new and innovative contents.
The initial phase of the project was set up to gain basic insight regarding the current state of affairs and therefore consisted of an in-depth survey performed with four secondary and four elementary schools on leisure activities and cultural participation of students. The survey results served as elementary guidelines in further conceptions and implementations of the project. In the beginning of 2012, several artistic workshops took place, including photography, film, animation film, experimental music, production of instruments, throwing clay on the potter’s wheel, DJ-ing, shadow and circus theatre, storytelling, architecture in public space, journalism, and more. Most workshops took place during a period of several months and thereby pursued a very specific objective, striving to weave the workshops’ results into a coherent whole to be presented at the closing festival, where sounds, images and ideas of students would fill the streets of Maribor.
The project was brought to an end with art and creativity youth festival Mladibor, which took place between 21st and 24th May 2012 in Maribor. The festival presented results achieved during the workshops as well as works of art, conceived during regular annual production activities of the partner schools. The festival was participatory in nature: visitors were invited to take part in numerous workshops (mobile cycling, music, animated film, optical toys, technical workshop, the making of original instruments), to print T-shirts and create a new fashion look for themselves at the FashionFad corner, and to present their own shorter or longer stories, fairy tales, drama texts, poetry or political manifestos at the Open Stage section.
The Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Project
For the third year in row now Bunker has successfully concluded the project transnational learning of professional skills in the technical and production fields, organised as a part of the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme: Mobility. The first project was dedicated to young theatre technicians, so in 2009 we sent two of them to a four-week learning experience at the Department of Media Assistant – Theatre and Event Technology at the North Karelia College in Outokumpu Finland. After the first successful trial we’ve expanded the project to production staff and carried out ten shorter residencies in nine EU member states, so in order to accumulate more working experience we’ve visited the Hebbel-am-Ufer Theatre in Berlin, Interdisciplinarte in Italy, Kaaitheater in Bruxelles, Artsadmin in London, Theatre Lliure in Barcelona, Relais Culture Europe in Paris, Al Kantaro in Lisbon and Rotterdamse Schouwburg, besides the above mentioned College in Finland.
In 2012 and 2013 we carried out thirteen mobility programmes as part of the third project, besides technicians and producers also actors, directors, choreographers and dancers were included in the exchanges. The guest organizations were joined by Associacio Cel.lula Sant Mori from Spain, Drugo more and Udruga Phil Stone Centar from Croatia, KRUL from Belgium, İstanbul Güncel Sanat Ütopyaları Derneği from Turkey, and by Slovenian partners Glej Theatre and En-Knap.