From 22 to 28 August 2016 ICAF and Sharing Arts Society organized a Summer School for professionals and students. It was a colorful week filled with music and movement in which we worked on a big parade that has ‘the horse’ as its visual theme. With actual themes such as fleeing, flying, freedom and peace at its heart, experienced artists offered workshops that took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands. They included:
- The young Zulu choreographer Sifiso Majola of Flatfoot Dance Company, Durban
- The innovative dramaturg João Junior from Estopô Balaio in São Paulo, Brazil
- The creative Maria Gomide from Carroça de Mamulengos currently in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
- The fabulous Fanfakids from Met-X in Brussels, Belgium
They all form part of arts-based research and training into multidisciplinary, participative forms of art in public space. This is particularly relevant and urgent as free access to public space is now more under threat than ever before. The first part of the Summer School especially catered to professionals and advanced students and focused on methodology exchange. Later that same week, from 26 – 28 August, the foreign artists and trainees worked with local residents to create elements for a parade on Sunday afternoon. This was the full program. For pictures, check out our Facebook page!