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ERIC Number: EJ856891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
In the Mouth of the Imagination: Positioning Children as Co-Researchers and Co-Artists to Create a Professional Children's Theatre Production
Gattenhof, Sandra; Radvan, Mark
Research in Drama Education, v14 n2 p211-224 May 2009
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 cliches 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. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia