Querfeldein offers an accompanying education programme for young audiences: Querfeld-rein and Querfeld-raus.
Querfeld-rein and Querfeld-raus tie in with the specific content and aesthetic themes of the respective plays. The education programme works primarily with physical movement instructions that can open up physical and individual access to artistic processes as well as to self-perception for children and young people through sensory and perceptual exercises.
What is Querfeld-rein?
Here, a preparatory introduction is offered to make it easier for the young audience to “find their way in” to the mostly still unknown aesthetics of contemporary dance before attending the theatre. For groups in which many children or young people have a great urge to move or the concentration span is low, a mediation format directly before the performance is recommended. Here, physical tension can be released and perception exercises that address the empathic sense of movement can be used to get in the mood for the theatre visit.
What is Querfeld-raus?
The follow-up format offers the young audience a joint conclusion after the theatre visit: what has been seen is sensually recreated through guided physical exercises and activated again through the body memory. The young audience can exchange ideas in a guided discussion both in the group and with the artists and dance mediators. In the follow-up format, specific features of the dance piece, such as the use of costumes, objects, etc., or the musical level are also the starting point for guided improvisations that offer the children the opportunity to relate what they have seen to their own world of experience.
Reflections in another artistic medium, such as painting activities, in which the young audience can visualise their memories and feelings about the dance piece they have seen, can also be used as a mediation strategy.
How do I book the format Querfeld-rein and Querfeld-raus?
The educational staff of schools, daycare centers, youth recreational facilities or social institutions can book an appointment with artists and dance mediators through the Querfeldein team. The dance professionals who carry out the mediation formats are selected by the artistic management team of Querfeldein and have experience both in the mediation of artistic content and in dance and theater pedagogical work with children and young people.
It is possible to carry out the outreach formats either in the dance studio directly before or after the performance in the ehrenfeldstudios, Wißmannstr.38, 50823 Cologne or one to two weeks before the performance in a room in the respective institution or school.
During the Corona period, an additional educational package (video tutorials, theoretical exercises, information) was developed, which day-care centres are welcome to use.
Teachers are provided with background material that gives them an insight into contemporary dance theatre work for the very young and sensitises them to its development.
If you are interested or have further questions, please feel free to contact us.
By e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 0177 7 82 28 25
We look forward to hearing from you!
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The program series Querfeldein as well as the accompanying outreach program is supported by the RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur.