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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 & Radvan, Mark (2009) In the mouth of the imagination : positioning children as co-researchers and co-artists to create a professional children's theatre production. Research in Drama Education, 14(2), pp. 211-224.

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Abstract

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 cliche´s 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: 26551
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: drama pedagogy, children's theatre, arts education, creative practice as research, practice-led research
DOI: 10.1080/13569780902868812
ISSN: 1356-9783
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Schools > Drama
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2009 07:29
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:05

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