In the mouth of the imagination : positioning children as co-researchers and co-artists to create a professional children’s theatre production

Gattenhof, Sandra Jane (2008) In the mouth of the imagination : positioning children as co-researchers and co-artists to create a professional children’s theatre production. In gener8 - Drama Australia National Conference, 9-11 May 2008, Adelaide.

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In recent decades a number of Australian artists and teacher/artists have given serious attention to the creation of performance forms and performance engagement models that respect children’s intelligence, engage with themes of relevance, avoid the clichés of children’s theatre whilst connecting both sincerely and playfully with current understandings of the way in which young children develop and engage with the world. Historically a majority of performing arts companies touring Australian schools or companies seeking schools to view a performance in a dedicated performance venue engage with their audiences in what can be called a 'drop-in drop-out' model. A six month Practice-led research project (The Tashi Project) which challenged the tenets of the 'drop-in drop-out' model has been recently undertaken by Sandra Gattenhof and Mark Radvan in conjunction with early childhood students from three Brisbane primary school classrooms who were positioned as co-researchers and co-artists. The children, researchers and performers worked in a complimentary relationship in both the artistic process and the development of product.

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ID Code: 17813
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: drama pedagogy, children’s theatre, arts education, creative practice as research, practice-led research
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2009 00:51
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:21

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