This project comes from my interest in exploring the concept of queerness with young people with a rather wide understanding of the term queer, as not only related to sexuality: out of the norm, extra-normal, odd.
I want to explore the idea of a queer classroom: what and how else can the classroom be, and how are we in that space? How can we embrace and celebrate the difference, the awkwardness of things, objects, physical and imaginary spaces in our daily space?
This will happen through a choreographic investigation in collaboration with the students, in their everyday classroom. We will work with the objects that belong to the room as well as the implicit rules that support the space.
With the help of a visual and a foley artist we will explore the potential of objects to create unexpected soundscapes, we will play with the identity of the materials present in the space and figure how we behave in this new status quo. On the last day everyone - other students and external visitors - will be welcome to experience the makeover of the classroom, in a sharing session that the students and I will facilitate together.
Micaela works in the field of dance and education with a special interest in participation and young audiences. With a background as dancer, her work today encompasses production, education, conception and research. She is creative producer of Alfredo Zinola Productions, (Germany) company that creates contemporary performances for young audiences. She is as well artistic advisor for Dansehallerne’s (Denmark) young audience program, particularly focused on programs that bring dance to school through hybrid formats. Furthermore she is guest teacher at the Dance Partnership MFA in The Danish National School of Performing Arts on subjects related to participation, artistic-pedagogical practice, inclusion and creative practice.
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Dance photo: Martin Dam Kristensen