Choreographic and performing practices for babies

Workshop with Dalija Acin Thelander.

Deadline for submission April 26!

”Babies are capable of much more than we could ever imagine. We should explore the world together with a child and see the child as a partner in learning, investigating and understanding art.”

This is the words from choreographer, theatre maker and cultural worker Dalija Acin Thelander, who is engaged in research and creation in the field of contemporary dance for babies and children. In this workshop she unfolds her work and choreographic methods. The workshop will be both at a practical and theoretical level and takes the perspectives of conceiving/creating the work for babies as well as performing for babies.

The aim of the workshop is to create space for dialogues, sharing of knowledge, experimentation and to be inspired by Dalija Acin Thelander’s choreographic practice for babies which is grounded in a sensorial-perceptual approach. The practice shared within the workshop challenges the concepts and aesthetics of performing arts for children, explore possibilities of choreographic practices and propose non-conventional encounters with art. It welcomes the child’s natural curiosity and desire to participate and play, and it emphasizes the importance of child-care giver relation in the context of both social and artistic shared experience.

About the artist Dalija Acin Thelander
Dalija works within the performing art as a choreographer, theatre maker and cultural worker. She has been involved in research and creation in the field of contemporary dance for babies and children since 2008, asserting the importance of the early encounters with art.

Her work aspires to contribute to the notion of choreography as expanded practice and focuses on audience’s agency, intersensoriality and emplacement. Her performances for the youngest audiences have successfully toured in Japan, Korea, China, India, Brazil and Europe. Her choreographed installation for babies “Baby Space” was co-produced in Serbia, Poland, Denmark, Japan, China, Singapore and Greenland. In 2017 she created commissioned performance for babies for the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, Sweden. She shared the findings of her research and practice internationally throughout numerous of lectures and laboratories.

Practical information and registration
Target group /
Artists and choreographers interested in the artistic work with children (0-18 months), artists from other artforms, teachers or pedagogues working with the very young children
Date / May 14, 2019
Time / 10–16
Place / Phillip de Langes Allé 3, Holmen, 1435 Cph. K.
Price / 100 DKK including a and drinks at the workshop
Registration / coming up soon (there is a maximum of 25 participants – on a first come first served basis)

Deadline for registration /  April 26, 2019
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Photo / Markus Gårder