Weaving Voices as threads of communities
This is an Erasmus+ European Partnership that consists of 7 partners:
- TuYo Foundation from Netherlands (Rosa & Nina)
- Centre Artistique International Roy Hart from France
- Colaborative Reichenow from Germany
- Leeds Beckett Universit – Performing Arts from UK
- Sinum Theatre Laboratory Association from Hungary
- Soharóza Nonprofit Association from Hungary
- Solsidans Kulturförening – Studio Folkhemmet from Sweden
Weaving Voices Group statement
Together we will investigate how participatory art practices can contribute to meaningful exchanges between residents and artists in remote and/or economically weaker areas in Europe. The aim of this project is to involve others, who have little or no access to art and culture to different European (art) practices, through workshops and the creation of joint art works. We believe that when people connect through bodily and material practices, in this case; voice, weaving, movement, writing and environmental work; people can meet, see and hear each other in new and extraordinary ways. When safer spaces are created, trust can be built beyond languages.
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First year | 2022-2023
During the first stage of the project the international partners share their expertise with each other: Their practices, methodologies and approaches and search for connections between and across the fields of research, which are often experimental and emergent in nature. Practices and lineages explored on this project include: the vocal heritage of Roy Hart Theatre; collective weaving as a means of connecting; the traditions of the Swedish herding call (kulning); Georgian polyphonic singing; Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement, creative writing, Vision Quest and perceptual practice.
Second year | 2023-2024
These activities and the collaborative research are then opened up to interactions and knowledge exchange with geographically marginalised local communities in a range of workshop, walks and exhibition settings, in the second phase of the project (2024). You can find us in the small villages of Baranya county (Hungary), in the forests near Unnaryd (Sweden), the suburbs of Leeds (UK) and in suburban communities in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
The result of this research will be exhibited in the participating countries in 2024 and will be included in an extensive publication.
Weaving Voices in Amsterdam | April 2023
In April 2023, the project partners visited Rosa and Nina in Amsterdam to learn about their art practices in collective weaving, plant printing and writing. The voice found its own natural course within the week and for the first time, singing took place during the weaving! Bureau Postjesweg, a Dutch platform which brings art and its neighborhood together, provided a residency space for this eventful week. Here are some impressions. Video and photo's made by Olga Ganzha
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