Teatermøder (Theatre Meetings), is an initiative for children between 0-6 years along with their day carers and pedagogues. Artists facilitate meetings with the tools of theatre at hand, taking the needs of the individual group, their experience and possibilities into consideration. Everyone is involved in the meetings. They are asked to prepare something in advance to share, and to develop ideas and activities in between meetings. Various concrete tools for how to continue to use theatre in everyday life are given by the artists through the meetings.
The project has been facilitated by the artists of Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium - Odin Teatret since 2018, especially Valí Theatre Lab and Mia Theil Have, who became part of the project initiative with the developer Anna Marie Houe. ‘Teatermøder’ was expanded together with Holstebro municipality and ‘Børnekulturudvalget’ and is now supported by Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen’s project ‘Tidlig Kulturstart’ (early culture start). ‘Teatermøder’ has since 2020 been led by Mia Theil Have, who, apart from Valí Theatre Lab, is one of the main artists on the project.
A ‘Teatermøde’ for a group of day carers and their children, nursery group or kindergarten begins with a pre-meeting only with adults and artists. It is then followed by two meetings involving children, adults and artists alike to share and develop, find inspiration and explore tools. Every meeting lasts around 45 minutes.
The artists bring a ‘Teaterkuffert’ (a theatre suitcase) to each group. It is a small suitcase containing elements from the creative explorations and games. This could be a songbook and cd with songs and theatre exercises, a rabbit puppet, a long ribbon everyone can balance on, create spaces and pictures with, etc. The idea is that both children and adults have something concrete to point to and bring into play after the actual meetings, something that can help transform daily life into theatre magic time after time, moment for moment.
There are other activities in the project apart from ‘Teatermøder’. There are workshops for day carers and pedagogues, as well as national conferences on the subject. Tools are being developed for the adults to use, in form of a poster, a video and a podcast, specifically targeting ways to engage with the age groups involved, namely 0-2 year olds and 3-5 year olds.
Se more on Holstebro municipality’s website: holstebro.dk/teatermoeder