Teen Generator is a project for educating and sensitizing young audiences (teens) with contemporary dance and movement programs, based on the educational project "Mallettes pedagogiques" of the Toulouse Center for Choreography Development, started in 2007 and developed throughout France. The focus of this new activity is on young people between the ages of 13 and 18 - older elementary school students and high school students.
In collaboration with our French colleagues from the Toulouse Center for Choreography Development, using the educational methodology that they have been developing for ten years, the aim is to introduce young people to the art of dance and to offer them methods of interpreting different phenomena with which they are only superficially acquainted through popular culture. This way we are enabling them to engage in the art of dance and movement in a whole new way - through the processes of education and personal development.
At the same time, with this project we are investing in the development of a new contemporary dance audience and contributing to the improvement of the quality of art teaching in schools (which is registering a steady decline with the possibility of complete disappearance from school programs).
The Teen Generator introduces the participants to the contemporary dance practice and development of contemporary dance and some of the most important methods of work. The proposed workshop consists of two parts, and both sections are related to educational booklets that are printed as supporting material for the practical part of the
workshop - "Dance History in 10 Dates" and "Dance History in 10 Titles". Both booklets give information in a simple and concise way about significant events / performances in the last century of dance practice development. The booklets serve as an educational tool of theoretical character that is used during the workshop each participant in the workshop receives one copy of each booklet.
In the first part of the workshop, young high school students are introduced to the contents of the brochure "History of
Dance in 10 Dates", which covers the most important dates and events in the development of contemporary dance,
following the development of dance from the beginning of the last century to the present day. Each date in the first booklet is accompanied by related video material. The workshop begins with a brief discussion and conversation with students about the issue of dance they know about and their current knowledge and experiences related to contemporary dance. After the discussion, the students are presented with selected dates from the first booklet in such a way that each presented date / artwork is placed in a social, cultural and economic context to indicate the context of its origin, but also of artistic importance. The youth are then shown a short video of what was discussed.
The second part of the workshop is related to the booklet “The History of Dance in 10 Titles”, which serves as a brief overview of the history of dance in the twentieth century, narrated through crucial key titles - works of contemporary dance:
Pina Bausch – dance theater at its
peak (Café Müller)
Merce Cunningham – motion is not emotion (BIPED)
William Forsythe – gesture alphabet (Improvisation techniques)
Anne Terese De Keersmaeker – the musical body (Rosas danst Rosas)
Sasha Waltz – the pictorial body (Körper)
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – the art of pervading (Rien de Rien)
Hip hop from New York to France – Wild Style, Les Corps Etrangers
Boris Charmatz – the spatial experience (Ascension, Horace Benedict)
Jerome Bel – new narration (The Show Must Go On)
Milana Broš - new dance innovation (Opera - series)
What distinguishes the second part of the workshop is the methodology of work - the aim is to bring content to young people through practical and experiential work. The purpose is to offer a different approach to gaining knowledge and understanding - through experience. For all ten authors and titles mentioned, shorter workshop formats were created that included body and movement work, and were inspired by the features and key characteristics of the authors / works mentioned, for young people to experience them through practice.
The workshop formats for each of the 10 titles are intended to bring different approaches to the body, dance, movement and dance art, the interdisciplinarity of contemporary dance, ways of speaking about socially actual topics, and all other key features that characterize contemporary dance art.