DTIE – Dance Theatre in Education – is the only education programme which includes both contemporary teaching techniques and professional dance performances. On the basis of the British TIE programs we have improved a methodology for children and youth groups so that participants can learn about themselves, each other, the world around them and about the language of contemporary dance. While they are discovering the countless possibilities of their body’s power of expression, the movements of the world around them becomes much more reasonable and understandable. DTIE is co-produced by National Dance Theatre, Káva Drama/Theatre in Education Association and CEDT.
We know that teaching is a profession – so before we started the DTIE project, our dancers had taken part in a three-month-long intensive training with acknowledged drama teachers. After more than 50 performances we can say that our dancers have a significant experience, and they are still willing to learn something new from the children in every single show.
Up to now the DTIE methodology of the company has got connected with 50 schools from the Carpathian Basin. We already have ten new registrations from school-groups for the fall and winter period of 2016. We take pride in the fact that the concept of the performances can involve any child between 12 to 14 years of age – both in little rural villages and in the capital.
The Horde2 is about a fictional theatre, a company, a director and a choreographer. The show focuses on the feeling of belonging to a group. Which group do you belong to? How can you be a part of the group? This show is ideal for schools; it can help to solve the group-dynamics and social problems in the classes. The topic is the relation between person and community, but the participants and the actors use the language of the movements of contemporary dance.
The Based on a true story is about a disintegrating family. The topic – an irresolute boy, a rebellious sister, a mother, who is bringing up their children alone and a father, who has to work far away from home – is focused on the point of view of the boy, but every character’s feelings are presented. “We are going to make it!” – the father reassure himself. But how could a little boy understand that he has to celebrate his birthday without his father? How could his stressful mother explain him that his pocket money won’t be enough to by an aircraft-ticket and to visit his father? How could his sister be nice and patient when she misses her father at least as much as her brother? The solution is based on the answers of the children participating in the programme, but the dancers and actors don’t leave them alone: sometimes the artists involve the children, discuss the scene they have seen before, and ask them about the next step. At the end they make contact with the family both with words and movements.