Training in Bologna - April 2018

Esodi - Teatro dell'Argine
Local background and needs

Teatro dell’Argine’s work focuses strongly on its whole local community and is made by workshops, interviews, performances, conferences and other artistic actions realised not only in theatre venues, but in schools, hospitals, prisons, reception centres for migrants and refugees, youth centres, libraries, museums…

Given the specific issue of The Promised Land project, this training session will focus on the characteristics and needs of Bologna Metropolitan Area as a welcoming place for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world, coming especially along the Mediterranean and the Balkan routes.

In the last few years, the number of the so-called “unaccompanied minors” has significantly increased.

In the Bolognese area, there are several reception centers: some of them are for minors only, others host families, others men only; some are organized like communities, others host small groups of people (3-4) in flats.

Over the years, the Bolognese population has changed a lot, including an increasing number of migrants, and the urban context is also changing, especially in some suburban city districts.

Training Contents, Aims and Objectives, Methodologies

TdA’s specific work on theatre and interculturality started in the early 2000s and developed through practices, methodologies and experiences that were partly developed in the company’s previous years of work with the community; partly learnt from international and intercultural exchanges and projects; partly built thanks to a large network of individuals, institutions and organizations from the cultural, educational and social fields, giving contribution to one another and taking advantage from all these different perspectives.

The training process that Teatro dell’Argine is proposing, will try to mirror these three directions by:
  • sharing practices, methodologies, experiences, success cases and failures of the past 24 years;
  • telling about local and international projects on art and interculture (Lampedusa Mirrors, Acting Together #WithRefugees, Exoduses);
  • meeting local partners and collaborators from the cultural, educational and social fields, to get an insight about the Italian laws on immigration, the role of NGOs and other organizations working with migrants and refugees, the situation of children and young with a migration background in local schools, examples of cultural inclusion in local museums, libraries and intercultural associations;
  • meeting young and adults working with TdA in the different projects, among which migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.
Aims and objectives are:
  • enhancing awareness and knowledge about the importance of an integrated (transdisciplinary, transcultural, transgenerational) approach to the issue of social and cultural inclusion, intercultural dialogue and active citizenship;
  • increasing the participants’ skills and knowledge about theatre exercises, practices, models and methodologies that can be applied while working with intercultural groups with the aim of breaking stereotypes and prejudices about “The Other”, avoid invasive or traumatizing behaviour on the part of the artist/workshop leader, foster mutual respect and understanding, learn to collaborate and share, give effective means of free expression and communication, help to rebuild self-esteem and social and emotional links that have been broken. On the other hand, and at the same time, this work has the aim to explore ways and tools that make it possible (and challenges that make it difficult) to create high quality art working in such contexts;
  • increasing the participants’ skills and knowledge about exercises, practices, models and methodologies that can be implemented by cultural institutions (theatres, museums, libraries) as well as in the educational field (schools, universities) as tools for active citizenship, audience engagement, intercultural and intergenerational dialogue;
  • increasing the participants’ knowledge about the Italian immigration context.
In order to accomplish these aims and objectives, and to facilitate an active and interactive attitude by all the participants, the training programme will continuously alternate practical and theoretical approaches (speeches, exercises, video, pictures, writing), will explore different contexts and venues (theatre venues, reception centres for migrants, museum, library…), and will organize meetings with experts from different fields as well as with workshops and projects participants.