Marisa Giménez Cacho
In my first meetings as an Executive Committee member, I recall having participated in discussions about the way in which ASSITEJ should promote the celebration of the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People. Many thought that by having a good message given by some artist of renown and spreading this message would suffice, and that it was not particularly necessary to promote any special activity in their countries.
Manon van de Water
Last month, I spent a few days in the Child Drama Archives at Arizona State University, arguably the largest archives in the field, certainly in terms of material from US researchers and practitioners in the field of theatre and drama with, by, and for children http://libguides.asu.edu/childdramacoll.
From earliest infancy the mind is trained to regard size as value.
Respect and admiration goes to what is big, what takes up more room.
Small stands for common and uninteresting.
Little people — little wants, little joys, little sorrows.
Impressive — a big city, high mountains, a tall tree.
We say: 'A great deed, a great man'.
A small child is light, there is less of him.
We must bend down, reach down to him.
Even worse — he is weak. (Janusz Korczak)
Pinocchio : "But how does one spend the day in the Land of Toys?"
Lamp-Wick : "Days are spent in play and enjoyment from morn till night. At night one goes to bed, and next morning, the good times begin all over again. What do you think of it?"
"H'm--!" said Pinocchio, nodding his wooden head, as if to say, "It's the kind of life which would agree with me perfectly."
Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio
From "Mein Kampf" to the recent slaughters in Paris, through the continuous flow of horrors that seems to rage on earth, all the contemporary history reveals the load of hate and violence borne by the denial of this simple reality : as the world is saturated of exchanges and communication, there is no society which is not multicultural.
In Israel a network promoting the presentation of plays through what is entitled a “cultural basket” is operated through the governmental agencies of the Ministry of Education.
The National Cultural Basket develops and presents an educational program promoting awareness to art. The purpose of this program is to prepare the student to appreciate high quality art also as an adult. This program is in the formal educational system from nursery school to the end of high school.
Preparing a theatre festival is like building a sandcastle on the beach. At first it just looks like a pile of sand – a rough idea – but with hard work and collaboration it starts to take shape; impressive towers appear, windows and walls. Tunnels and ditches. You dig deep for treasures to decorate the castle; shells and beautiful stones. After hours of work it is there. Perfect. Ready to be admired by all who pass by – glistening in the afternoon sun.
ASSITEJ SA is calling for your participation in inter-cultural exchanges that might lead towards performance, showcasing and discussion at the 2017 World Congress. This is part of our three year programme of looking at how to take the work of ASSITEJ “one step beyond” where we’ve been in the last 50 years, in relation to three key themes: inter-generational exchange, inter-disciplinary exchange and finally, inter-cultural exchange.
A new International Festival for Young Audiences is born in the region. This fact, which could be read as an isolated incident, or like a lost letter in an incomplete alphabet, is itself the result of the exchange and the encounter between the makers of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) led by ASSITEJ in its effort to promote it.