Geração SOMA (body in movement, inclusive body, body in addition) 2015 - 2017
An artistic, inclusive and social project selected by PARTIS - Prácticas Artísticas para Inclusão Social with the support of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - Gulbenkian's Programme for the Human Development.
This is a project about a generation in which the small ones fit. Children and their greatness are the inspiration source of this project!
Geração SOMA begun with 1125 children (17 classes) of the Padre Bartolomeu de Gusmão and the Escolas Vergílio Ferreira school groups, namely 12 classes from Josefa de Óbidos school, 1 class from Ressano Garcia school and 4 from the Middle-grade school of Telheiras. This project has included disabled children and their representatives (teachers and parents) in a sphere of more than 200 people.
Through artistic practice alongside with the work developed by CiM - Dance Company, 12 different sessions were prepared by each class, as well as 4 moments of "Arte em Movimento" during the holidays counting with the participation of more than 100 children.
CiM's artistic direction, formed by 12 artists/teachers, was part of these classes’ curricula during 14 months. The challenge had the theme of the super-power and the discovery of the imagination that exists in each child. It was from the children's inspiration that 4 characters arisen, based in 4 acronyms, each one containing its own super-power.
The result of this project, that started in schools in April 2016 and lasted until June 2017, will culminate in a performance called "Eu Maior", which will count with the participation of 4 professional interpreters and 60 interpreters between children, school staff and teachers accompanied by the Trifonética Orchestra. This orchestra is composed by students from the Regime Articulado de Música which, in partnership with AMAC (Academia Musical dos Amigos das Crianças), are responsible for the creation of original musical repertoire.
The premiere will take place in São Luiz Teatro Municipal at the 9th of June and the performance will be repeated in January 2018 in the main hall of Calouste Gulbenkian's Foundation (Lisbon).
Each super-power comes to light and transforms weaknesses in potential movements, through dance alongside other art forms.
After the premiere, the challenge is to continue this experience with other Portuguese schools, repeating the format of integrate this project in the school curricula. There will be a selection of classes which will publically present the performance at the Theatres or Municipalitie’s Auditorium. 30 to 50 students will be involved.
Geração SOMA intends to create awareness in children and in the whole society for the importance of inclusion and accessibility through art. After all, art assumes a fundamental role in the artistic, pedagogical and therapeutic sphere. It also aims to fight against social exclusion, giving a voice to those communities that have less chances of contributing to the public sphere.
Geração SOMA aspires to facilitate the social inclusion of individuals within society. The integration of everyone depends on the acceptation of every human being. This way it is possible to get through our differences and limitations, appreciating the best that each one has to offer.
Follow us in this journey and discover powers which are still unknown.
February - June
Wednesdays. 2 to 4pm> Grupo Dramático dos Combatentes
Fridays. 4 to 6 pm> Josefa de Óbidos' school main hall
Braille sessions/Visual Impairment
13th to 17th of February > Telheiras Middle School, Josefa de Óbidos' school and Ressano Garcia Middle School.
Geração SOMA's holidays - Carnival
27th of February to 1st of March > Josefa de Óbidos' school
Geração SOMA's 2nd Artistic Residency
Geração SOMA's holidays - Easter Break
5th to 12th of April. 10am to 5pm> Josefa de Óbidos' school
Geração SOMA's show
9th to 11th June > Teatro São Luíz
Workshop: Inclusive Dance for children (5-16 y/o)
28th ,29th , 30th of March. 10am-1pm | 2pm- 5pm > Lar Militar da Cruz Vermelha
With Ana Rita Barata and Bruno Rodrigues (choreographers) and Rosinda Costa (actress).
Geração SOMA's activities
'Art in Movement' holidays
Geração SOMA's Artistic Residency
19th to 23rd of July > Espaço Rural de Artes, Soudos
Geração SOMA's activities
October to May> Josefa de Óbidos' school
November to May > Telheiras Middle School
Geração SOMA's holidays - Christmas
19th to 22nd of December. 10am to 5pm > Josefa de Óbidos' school
Dancing from sum to sum, fitting one idea into another, 35 children have transformed Josefa de Óbidos' school gym in a triphonetic territory.
Geração SOMA School Partners
Telheiras Middle School | 4 classes | 4 hours per week
Ressano Garcia Middle School | 1 class