ACYTA December 2011 Newsletter
Etoundi Zeyang (CHAIR) and Yvette Hardie (DEPUTY CHAIR)
African Children and Youth Theatre Arena (ACYTA)
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1.1 ASSITEJ SOUTH AFRICA
1.2 ASSITEJ GHANA
1.3 ASSITEJ BENIN
1.4 ASSITEJ SWAZILAND
1.5 AU Arts Education Research project
1.6 ASSITEJ CAMEROON
2.1 CALL for Participation - Sukabe International Festival, Niger
2.2 ASSITEJ 'New Faces' Project: 2011-2014
2.3 Write Local Play Global - International playwrights network
2.4 ITYARN Conference call: Humour in theatre
2.5 ITYARN Call for African Researchers
2.6 Dance Umbrella 2012 Call
2.7 Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) Open Call for Proposals
2.8 NEXT GENERATION NETWORK meeting in Okinawa
3.1 IAN - A model for asserting quality in theatre
3.2 ARTerial Network Publications
1.1.1 The Family Season
ASSITEJ SA, in collaboration with Theatre Arts Admin Collective will be running a third Family Season from the 23rd – 31st March in Observatory, Cape Town, and Vrygrond, South Africa and are looking for productions and workshops for families with children in the following age groups: 0 – 3 yrs; 4 – 6 yrs; 7 – 12 yrs; 13 – 15 yrs; 16+.
We are looking for artistic work, which is imaginative and transformative, crossing boundaries of culture and language to speak to children and young people today in fresh and exciting ways. Work that can be performed outdoors (in the Observatory Children’s Park) is of interest. One indoor space is a converted church hall with a flexible playing area (approximately 7m x 6m) that can accommodate different configurations. Another indoor space is a school hall with a raised stage. While basic lighting and sound facilities are available, performances should not be too heavily reliant on technical infrastructure. While the call is open to productions from both outside Cape Town and South Africa, it must be noted that travelling companies will cover their own travel costs and fees. The festival will cover accommodation and per diems for the duration of the stay for all visiting artists.
All accepted artists on the season are offered a 70% door taking (the theatre seats 80 and tickets are R20 for under 12s and R40 for 12 ). To apply, click here to fill out the application form. All applications need to be received by no later than 21st November 2011.
Yvette Hardie was recently in Rwanda for a very short trip to present "The Ogreling" there, but used the opportunity to do three half-day workshops in Creative Voices methodology with teachers and artists. This is the second set of Creative Voices workshops that Yvette has given in Rwanda, and it is hoped that a more intensive training can be undertaken in 2012, to ensure that there is a trained group of facilitators in Rwanda who can continue to deliver the training to teachers there. Creative Voices allows teachers who do not necessarily have a background in the arts to access a simple and powerful methodology which allows them to facilitate creative integrated arts processes with children and young people.
Assitej Ghana is doing very well and growing rapidly. They
recently had an international cultural exchange with the Assitej Japan
Centre where they had the opportunity to travel with one group from
their centre to perform for schools in Japan, under the guidance of the
Japan Centre of Assitej. They also had the opportunity to visit some
theatre companies and met with the executives of the Assitej Japan
centre to interact on building a mutual relation ship between the two
Assitej Benin are presenting a show called, "Clown" every Sunday afternoon. For budding and illiterate actors they are offering a literacy programme in local languages, based on theater and culture, which take place every Monday and Thursday from 15h00 to 18h00. Finally, they are presenting "Cri du Cśur", which will embark on a national tour from mid-March 2012.
Last month, the Secretary General of SWATCYP-ASSITEJ Swaziland, Maswati Dludlu, was elected the President of a national theatre organization called Association of Swaziland Theatre Groups (ASTG). This follows the outstanding role he has played in the development of theatre in the country. He has promised to work hard to develop theatre for children and young people whilst serving in the bigger institution. Children and youth theatre will now see an exciting transformation is Swaziland.
The African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency, Arterial Network, Goethe Institute, University of Witwatersrand and the African Chapter of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) are spearheading an arts education research project. The African Union has declared 2006-2015 the Second Decade of Education for Africa based on its “vision of an integrated, peaceful and prosperous Africa, driven by its own people to take its rightful place in the global community and the knowledge economy”. The AU’s Plan of Action adopted at the Maputo meeting further states that “this vision is predicated on the development of Africa’s human resources. Education is the major means by which Africa’s citizenry would be prepared for its key role in the attainment of this vision.”
The aims of the arts education project are
a. to research the current state of arts education (primary, secondary, tertiary and non-formal) in Africa and evaluate it against normative international and African policy documents on arts education and
b. to devise generic arts education policy proposals and strategies for adaptation and implementation by African countries depending on their respective conditions
For more information about the project, contact Arterial Network on email@example.com
1.6 ASSITEJ CAMEROON:
Theatre du Chocolat celebrated 30 years of existence from 15-19 November 2011.
in view of this 30th anniversary of the THEATRE DU CHOCOLAT, the company decided to visit its place of birth. 30 years ago Theatre du Chocolat launched its activities with a series of projects at the French cultural centre in Yaounde. Theatre du chocolat is thanking all those who have been of great and immense support, sympathizers and friends in: AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, BENIN, C.A.R, CANADA, CONGO, D.R.C DENMARK, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GABON, GERMANY, ITALY, IVORY COAST, JAPAN, PORTUGAL, SOUTH KOREA, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TCHAD, TOGO, TURKEY and the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
9th annual Sukabe Festival in Niamey will take place from 2-11
September 2012. They are calling for artistic performances by groups of
children aged 07 to 12 years (groups should be no more than 10 children
and 2 educators). These could include traditional dance pieces,
original choreography to known music, original poetry spoken in French
by 1 or 2 persons, and theatre pieces (in French), with the 8 Millenium
Development Goals, as the theme of the piece. The touring groups will be
accommodated and provided with meals by the festival. Sightseeing tours
will also be provided. The theatre companies will need to pay for their
own transport to Niamey. The festival takes the form of a competition
and there is a jury. Strict rules need to be adhered to as regards age
of participants, content of performances, etc. Countries from all over
the world are encouraged to apply.
Do you want to offer a placement in your company, festival or project? Are you wanting international exchange opportunities?
‘New Faces’ is a participatory opportunity for ‘emerging’ individuals and an official project of ASSITEJ. The opportunities are broad and vary in length of engagement. They could involve mentorships, residencies, or internships working alongside producers, directors, festival curators or arts managers. If you would like to offer an opportunity for festival participation, residencies in production houses, venues or companies, please write a description of the opportunity, of what you are able to offer to the participant, and send it to your national centre for their approval. They will then forward it to ASSITEJ through the secretary-general, Ivica Simic. For more information, go to www.assitej-international.org
This Global Playwrights' Network is calling for participation in its activities. It is an online meeting place for people interested in work written for young audiences. It is a virtual cafĂ© where you can read about, make contact and catch up with people from around the world. You can find out about exciting new work, how writers approach their craft and about organizations that support and develop the work of writers. If you value quality writing for young audiences, go to www.writelocalplayglobal.org and join the group. Online editors will use your information to share the latest news opportunities for TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) playwrights, and to profile events, organizations and people.
ITYARN, the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network, is the international research network of Assitej International. ITYARN aims to further research on theatre for young audiences (TYA) in collaboration with the University of Agder (Norway), the University of Hildesheim (Germany), Arizona State University (USA), College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), the University of Ankara (Turkey), Korean National University of the Arts (Korea). ITYARN is calling for papers on humour in theatre for children and young people. For more information, go here.
ITYARN is looking for both University affiliated and Independent academic African researchers to engage in further research on theatre for young audiences on the continent on an ongoing basis and to become part of a supportive global network for sharing of ideas and papers across the world. We need your involvement in this important forum. Previous research topics include: "Defining the Child: Taboos of Fear and Age Appropriateness in Youth Holocaust Drama" and "Conceptualization of Child and Childhood in Nigerian Theatre: A Dwindling Phenomenon?". To become part of the network go to: www.ityarn.org
Dance Umbrella 2012 - the 24th platform for new Contemporary Dance and Choreography is scheduled to run from February 17 to March 4, 2012. For seventeen days Johannesburg will be engulfed by contemporary dance. The venues will include The Market Theatre, The Dance Factory, the Goethe on Main and UJ Arts Centre and the new theatre in Soweto. In 2012, the Dance Umbrella will feature only commissioned work and international companies/ collaborations on the Main programme. The Stepping Stones programme will therefore feature other entries and will include community, youth groups, young artists and hopefully new innovative concepts on all levels. There is also an opportunity to apply for a commissioning fee of R30 000.
Entries are now open. Application forms can be downloaded on www.artslink.co.za/arts or call 011 492 0709/ 492 2033 for further information. For further information please contact 011 492 0709/2033 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2.7 Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) Open Call for Proposals
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) is launching an open call for proposals for its general grant in the categories Literature, Visual Arts and Performing Arts. All individuals and organisations working in the cultural and artistic spheres, whose projects target the Arab region, are invited to send their project proposals regardless of age, years of experience, nationality, country of residence (Arab world and abroad), ethnicity, religion or any other factor. Read more here
The Next Generation Network is a new network connected to a programme of activity involving an international performance element, hosted by the Kijimuna Festival, Okinawa, 2012. The programme is open to young and emerging* artists from any country, interested in the practice of theatre for young audiences and international collaboration. (*Young and emerging is not age restrictive; it is dependent on an acknowledgement of being at a developing stage of career with a focus on younger professionals. It also relates to new thinking in theatre for young audiences. Participating individuals should be working professionals with a background or interest in children’s theatre and work for young audiences.) This programme will be facilitated by participants from the Next Generation Project, which was a 3 year ASSITEJ Project, concluded in 2011. The working language is English with the capacity for translation into Japanese and Spanish. The programme will aim to give participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Kijimuna Festival while creating strong, meaningful connections with artists around the world. This programme will contribute to the launch of the Next Generation Network.
A minimum of 15 places are available for new participants who will work with members of the original group on a work-in-progress performance on the festival theme - “Nuchi Gusuri” (Theatre: medicine of life)
will be supported by the Kijimuna Festival through free registration,
basic accommodation and possibly a small meal allowance. Participants
would need to provide their own airfare/travel to attend the Festival.The
wider programme (forums and panel discussions) will be open to anyone
who wishes to be involved in the Next Generation Network. The Kijimuna Festival will advertise: The Next Generation Network through its festival programme.
APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE NG PROGRAMME, INCLUDING THE PERFORMANCE CHALLENGE:
Please email applications by January 30th 2012 to email@example.com
For more info on the Next Generation Project go to - http://www.assitej-international.org/english/networking/next-generation.aspx
3.1 IAN - A Danish model for asserting quality in theatre.
This model looks at Intention, Ability and Necessity as three key components of Artistic quality in theatre. It is a great research tool for understanding how to assess theatre and was researched by the University of Aahus. Go here to find our more about it.
Arterial Network has launched three new publications, which are being sold for USD 15 per copy. If you are interested in buying a publication kindly contact Florence Mukanga: firstname.lastname@example.org /00263 778 231 766 or Belisa Rodrigues: email@example.com / 00 27 21 465 9027.
1. African Directory on Arts and Culture Information: A directory on African Arts, Culture and Heritage information – based largely on www.artsinafrica.com website – has been published. This publication is currently being supported by HIVOS, EU, Mimeta and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. Adapting the Wheel: Cultural Policies for Africa: This book was published by Arterial Network in partnership with the Commonwealth Foundation and DOEN Foundation. This publication, driven by Arterial Network Task Team, is a generic cultural policy which aims to strengthen support for the cultural sector in Africa.
3.Contemporary Arts and Culture Discourse: African Perspectives: A compilation of seminar papers on cultural policy commissioned by the Arterial Network in 2010 and is supported by DOEN Foundation.