PUSH+ is a Creative Europe-funded project led by Imaginate (Scotland) alongside Krokusfestival (Belgium), The Ark (Ireland), Aaben Dans (Denmark), Scenekunstbruket (Norway) and associate partner Bangkok International Children’s Festival (Thailand). PUSH+ will stimulate European dialogue and initiate new artistic ideas and performances around three important topics in performance for young audiences – Home, Failure and Different bodies.
The current open call is for the Different Bodies Lab, which will take place in Stamsund, Norway. Artists will arrive in Stamsund on Tuesday 8 September and depart on Friday 18 September 2020. The artists will be paid a fee (varies by country; around 800 EUR) plus return travel to the Lab from your home country and accommodation for the duration of the Lab. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided in Stamsund, and per diems for the two travel days.
The Lab will bring together fifteen artists based in the five partner countries (Scotland, Belgium, Ireland, Denmark and Norway) to look at questions such as:
What is a body and how do our bodies connect with our sense of self?
What kind of bodies do we see on stages and whose bodies are missing?
What is the impact of how we treat our bodies?
What messaging are we giving young audiences with the lack of diversity of bodies on stage?
Who is ‘allowed’ to dance?
The organisers are looking for artists involved in making theatre and dance, ideally with experience of making work for young audiences. Both the Lab venue and the artist accommodation are accessible, and the organisers welcome applications from artists with a disability. They will also cover expenses if you need a Personal Assistant. Artists will be selected from Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Scotland and Belgium.