The concept of the project was inspired by a successful foreign project Rhythm is it! (Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by S. Rattle in cooperation with a choreographer R. Meldoom).
The core of the approach lies in common work of top professionals and young students of the field of dance with children without training and motivation on a valuable artistic project connecting contemporary dance with live orchestra and choir interpretation. It is not a common methodology when professionals prepare children but it is a collective artistic work and achievement of people of different age, training and motivation with a final representative public performance. This methodology has been repeatedly proved abroad in pedagogical and psychosocial way and it enriches and motivates all the people who take part in it. It also supported the practice of introducing dance to schools as effective artistic activity for bringing up children and teenagers.
Concerning the anniversary of the composer B. Martinů, suitable parts of his composition Špalíček have been chosen. Choreography that takes into account motional possibilities of the members without restriction of artistic qualities has been prepared by Eva Blažíčková, the director of the Duncan centre Conservatory. The dancing sketch was introduced in DC back in 2007. Promo video is being prepared (M. Kaňková).
Children from Prague basic schools were chosen for cooperation, partly children of immigrants or socially weak children who do not have the possibility to attend Basic artistic school (districts Prague 3,4,5) in total number of about 150. These children in combination of totally uninformed, educated and professional dancers have been working since February 2008 under the guidance of teachers from the Duncan centre Conservatory. In June (14th and 15th) 2009 the performance will be introduced in Congress Center in Prague in collective implementation with Prague Chamber Philharmonia and Bambini di Praga.
The project is a part of a wider context of the anniversary of the composer B. Martinů (Martinů Revisited), it also serves as a pilot program of Dance for Schools by Vision of Dance.. Its aim is to show the possibility of positive motivation of children with the help of motional artistic experience.
It verifies methodology of work with children within the frame of school and out-of-school artistic education at basic schools.
It was chosen by the Office of the Government to be a part of the support program of Czech presidency of the EU. It is one of the priorities of the project for the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic that supported its preparation already in 2008. The whole project Martinů Revisited is under the sponsorship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg; Czech Radio and Czech Television are confirmed media partners. Further information at www.czechmusic.org.
People in the Czech Republic and abroad are interested in the Špalíček project, we suppose it will continue to be used pedagogically and artistically. It is in conformity with a new concept of Execution of the Educational Program and School Educational Program in developing creativity by progressive methods, integrating approach, high-quality spending out-of-school time and training of teachers for application of educational frameworks.
An important part of the wider scope of the Špalíček project is a long-term observation documentary that records course and social-psychological context of preparation and execution of the project (directed by O. Sommerová, in production with Czech Television).
Main producer: Art Institute-Theater Institute, Lenka Dohnalová