Stage Art on the Curriculum

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Stage Art on the Curriculum is a tailor-made course that introduces the pupils to the effects and tools of the theatre. It addresses the pupils at eye-level and is designed for their particular age group.

 

Filiorum designs the stage art course to be a teaching module that can blend in seamlessly with the year plans of the class, and meet the requirements for each particular class level.

 

Stage art provides a comprehensive introduction to the pupils in terms of various forms of expression and aesthetics; written text, spoken language, body movements, staging, scenography, light, sound/music, and space.

 

Via such a project the school will be able to introduce the pupils to the surrounding society and the local association activities, as intended in the reform of the Danish Folkeskole (the Danish municipal primary and lower-secondary school). 

Reasons for Introducing Stage Art in the School Curriculum

The professional stage art is a good suggestion for the school’s alternative learning space. The stage art can supplement the existing approach with a new and different type of teaching.

 

We often say that art is an abstract entity, but art may in fact be extremely concrete, because it animates knowledge. Moreover, art can turn learning into a game. By acquiring knowledge of the many diversified forms of stage art, the pupils will strengthen a whole range of physical as well as intellectual skills. Their language and their ability to represent themselves are challenged, and their repertoire in terms of expression is expanded. The pupils’ social competences are developed, as is their aesthetic expertise.

Stage art gives the teachers an opportunity to expand the teaching and introduce the students to other ways of expressing themselves. Moreover, questions of aesthetics will be addressed in a comprehensive package consisting of written text, spoken language, body movements, staging, scenography, lighting, sound/ music, and space.

 

Filiorum is a theatre association with a voluntary board representing the community at large. Through this program the school has the opportunity to introduce the pupils to the surrounding society and the local association activities, as intended in the reform of the Danish Folkeskole (the Danish municipal primary and lower-secondary school). 

See our short film on Stage Art on the Curriculum

The Film on Stage Art on the Curriculum

In the spring of 2014 Filiorum implemented a Stage Art on the Curriculum course designed for four 7. grade classes in the Skovgaard School in Gentofte. The theme was The Good Life and the central feature was the play by the theatre st. tv. (Theatre Ground Floor Left) called Young Blond Girl. In the film you see Filiorum’s theatre pedagogue Anna Ross Agner and Filiorum’s founder and leader Clarissa Meister-Petersen describe the concept and offer insights into the teaching provided in the course.

A Course on gender, self-image, and identity

In the spring of 2015 Filiorum taught a Stage Art on the Curriculum course at GXU Gladsaxe and Gladsaxe Gymnasium (High School). The course took its point of departure in the performance Woman Know Your Body by Mungo Park. In the film you will get an inside view of the teaching processes explored in the course.

Practical info

The price of a course: approximately 200 DKK per pupil (a minimum of 100 pupils)

 

Schools have the option of getting a 50% reimbursement on the selected performances via refusionsordningen (the reimbursement arrangement). Filiorum can help you chart how the municipality in question administers the reimbursement.

 

Contact Filiorum to hear more about the various possibilities which a Stage Art on the Curriculum program may entail: info@filiorum.dk

A typical program

A typical Stage Art on the School Curriculum program arranged by Filiorum comprises the following:

 

  • - thorough planning and discussion of mutual expectations vis á vis the teacher and Filiorum,
  • - pre-performance teaching adapted to age, subject, etc.
  • - the actual performance and
  • - post-performance teaching adapted to age, subject, etc.
  • - planning the stage art program so that it blends in with the courses on the individual class levels
  • - the program will be taught by professional theatre pedagogues.

Filiorum helps create relevant links to the teaching, thereby enabling the seamless integration of the performance in various subjects, depending on which specific theme or which part of the performance the teacher and the pupils wish to emphasize or process.

 

Filiorum introduces the pupils to stage art created at eye-level precisely for a given age group. Pre-schoolers being primed for school have benefitted immensely from a Danish theatre tradition, which has eminently addressed subjects like death, grief, divorce, children in developing countries, and several other themes. Likewise Danish theatre for young adults leaving school has in innovative and surprising ways focused on subjects like alcohol, the financial crisis, sexual début, love, the competitive environment in sports clubs, divorce, and neo-Nazism.

 

In our day and age teachers have a comprehensive portfolio. Filiorum has the skills and the scope to help out in situations where it may occasionally be slightly confusing to initiate yet another new and expansive type of teaching. A class may hence occasionally end up experiencing stage art as an “extra”, an activity that is not quite integrated in the other projects the class undertakes in a school year. In such situations Filiorum functions as a resource centre ready to answer questions regarding the performances available in a given season, the themes of the performances, etc. Filiorum may also help establish contacts and engage touring theatres. Moreover Filiorum can create and implement courses designed for any given class and the specific syllabus the class needs to address. Of course we also take charge of all the practical questions associated with the actual performance at the school – such as technical issues in the context of the performance (light, sound, etc.), contact between theatre and school, as well as all the other details that pop up in the process.

Quality Stage Art for Children and Young Adults

It is inspiring to think that every day of the year Danish stage art for children and young adults is performed somewhere in the world. The world loves Danish children’s theatre. The Danes know how to address the children and the young adults at eye-level. We have the ability to take the children and the young adults seriously on their own terms. Through professional stage art by adults for children and young adults we succeed in engaging them precisely where they are in terms of personal development. And we do so exclusively on a high artistic and professional level.

 

Danish children’s theatre is produced by stationary and touring theatres all over the country. There are approximately 130 touring theatre companies who perform for children and young adults. Once every year in April a new municipality hosts a major children’s theatre festival, where especially the touring theatres perform. This is also a venue, where Danish and international theatres with stages perform and buy new plays for the upcoming theatre season. Filiorum is a performance space occasionally hosting theatre groups on tour. Filiorum only buys performances, and we do not produce theatre performances as such.

 

The quality of the performances offered by Filiorum is ensured via the purchase of plays that qualify for reimbursement. These have been approved by the reimbursement board, appointed by the Minister of Culture and their secretariat is located in the Danish Agency for Culture under the Ministry of Culture. This arrangement functions as a quality assurance.