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Theatre in Education know-how exchange of artists and professors involving six Hungarian theatres, a Norwegian university and a Norwegian theatre

Theatre in Education know-how exchange of artists and professors involving six Hungarian theatres, a Norwegian university and a Norwegian theatre

Project ID: HU07-0218-B1-2016

Projektgazda/Projekt Promoter InSite Drama Oktatási, Kulturális és Szolgáltató Nonprofit Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság
Program Operátor/Programme Operator Miniszterelnökség - Társadalmi és Örökségvédelmi Ügyekért, valamint Kiemelt Kulturális Beruházásokért Felelős Helyettes Államtitkárság / Prime Minister’s Office, Deputy State Secretariat Responsible for Cultural Heritage, Social Affairs and Major Cultural Investments 
Megvalósítási időszak/Implementation period 2016.06.01. - 2017.04.30.
Hazai Projekt Partnerek/National Project Partner -
Donor Projekt Partner/Donor Project Partner Høgskulen på Vestlandet; Dramaseksjonen
Összköltség / Total budget (EUR) 49 358 676 HUF/ 162 524,45 EUR
EGT/Norvég támogatás összege / EEA/Norwegian Grant (EUR) 44 419 000 HUF/ 146 259,47 EUR

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According to a national level study conducted by InSite Drama in 2013, Educational Theatre flourishes in Hungary as never before: today, almost all theatres have such programmes (Adam Cziboy – Adam Bethlenfalvy: Handbook of Educational Theatre Programmes, Budapest, L’Harmattan, 2013). These are such complex arts pedagogical repertoire productions in which the creators of the programme initiate interactions with the participants, inviting them to jointly think about the questions offered by the theatrical parts. This might happen in the form of discussions, but the participants frequently get the possibility to take on roles, or become the writers and directors of the story.

We invited a colorful selection of theatres to our know-how exchange: besides a few theatres that freshly introduced Theatre in Education in their repertoire, we also welcome a company with two and a half decades of experience. Our associate partners are the Budapest Puppet Theatre, the Csokonai National Theatre from Debrecen, the Hevesi Sándor Theatre from Zalaegerszeg, the Örkény Theatre and RoundTable Theatre in Education Company, the first ever Theatre in Education company of Hungary. InSite Drama has been developing TiE programmes with all of these theatres jointly. Our Norwegian partner is the Western Norway University, an internationally highly acknowledged institution in the field; our Norwegian associate partner is Bergen’s puppet theatre, the Hordaland Teater. Our partnership is based on ten years of cooperation.

In the first semester of the theatrical year 2016/17 (October 2016), a Hungarian delegation with 18 participants travelled to Bergen. The delegation delivered 4 Theatre in Education programmes in English, as part of a mini festival organised in Bergen for Norwegian students and professionals (Csokonai National Theatre: Verona 1301, Hevesi Sándor Theatre: Peter, RoundTable Theatre in Education Company – InSite Drama: Embrace of the Giant, InSite Drama: Benched). Western Norway University frequently organises paid study trips for their students to Hungary, because they find the Theatre in Education scene of Hungary one of the finests in Europe – so the exchange serves clear and obvious needs on both sides. Following the mini festival, members of the Hungarian delegation attended courses and workshops organised by the University, while a few of them delivered a masterclass for Norwegian students and artists. This exchange was mutually beneficial for both parties and significantly influenced the existing practices.

Based on the inspiration of the exchange, nine new Theatre in Education programmes were developed during the project in Hungary (one in Csokonai National Theatre, one in Hevesi Sándor Theatre, four in the Budapest Puppet Theatre, three own production of InSite Drama). Parallel with this, two new Theatre in Education programmes were developed in Norway. The programmes created in the project will be part of the repertoire of the associate theatres for years. Based on the personal contacts made in Bergen, the network of the Norwegian and Hungarian artists and professionals will support each other during the creative process.

In the second semester of the year (March 2017), seven professors and artists from Bergen came to Hungary. They visited associate theatres and watched the newly created Theatre in Education Programmes. Besides, they delivered seven workshops in Budapest, which was open to anyone interested. As part of this workshop series, they demonstrated one of the two newly developed TiE programmes. This second exchange helped both parties to refine and finalise the newly created eight Theatre in Education programmes.

All activities of the exchanges and the creative processes were recorded by professional documentary teams in both countries. The videos created will be useful for educational, research and archiving purposes.



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