IMPACT and its puppet show in Jelling, Denmark
On January 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th, 2020, four workshops were held in Jelling, Denmark and attended by local citizens along with the inhabitants of the Red Cross Refugee Centre in Jelling.
The workshops were led by an artist trainer, in the presence of a VIFIN representative who ensured the quality of the workshops and filmed the material for the promotional video.
During the first weekend, the participants started making puppets and coming up with stories for the show. This resulted in quite a bit of interaction among one another, despite the lack of a lingua franca. During the second weekend, the attendants -who had by then happily gotten used to everybody's company- practiced the final performance.
"The reason I've worked with puppets in this situation, is [...] they give people more confidence to perform. When they are standing with their puppet and behind their puppet they will speak so much more freely and so much more openly than they would if it was just them exposed on stage, performing", says Rebekah Caputo, artist & workshop leader; "You have your story and other people have their stories, maybe they are alike and maybe they are not. From there on, you can create a third common story" adds Abira, an 18-year-old refugee from Somalia.
You can watch the final video from the VIFIN workshops (with English subtitles) HERE.
The main goal of “IMPACT – Inclusion Matters! using Performing Arts towards Cohesion and Tolerance” is fostering social inclusion by developing art strategies, techniques and methodologies which target refugees and citizens at local level.
The project is implemented by VIFIN – Videnscenter for Integration in cooperation with ALDA, La Piccionaia – Centre for theatre production, LDA Montenegro, LDA Mostar, Coalition of youth organizations SEGA, Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (DRPDNM) and Urban Development Center, and it is supported by the Erasmus + program of the European Union.