MOI stands for Mo(ve)ments of Inclusion. It was an innovative and participative training course, financed by the Youth in Action program, Sub-Action 4.3 Training and networking of those active in youth work and youth organisations that brought together 34 people from 15 different countries (Italy, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Hungary) to explore concepts related to movement and social inclusion and how they are correlated.
The training course took place from 29June to 7 July 2013 in the Convent of Baida (Palermo-Italy), a beautiful context absorbed by nature in the periphery of Palermo city.
The main aim of the Training Course MOI was to promote and develop quality of support systems in youth work, facilitate the exchange of experiences and good practices in youth inclusion, especially regarding creative and expressive techniques related to body expression and non-verbal communication, and to foster the creation of new European cooperation projects in the field of body- oriented approaches.
Participating in the project allowed learners to acquire skills and knowledge related to the use of movement techniques in work with disadvantaged youth, analyse stereotypes and ideologies and increase their awareness of the nature of youth work. The project furthermore promoted the new European Program 2014 – 2020 with a focus on how to develop and implement youth inclusion projects, encouraging learners to engage new actions in their communities and providing them with the tools to do so.
The project activities, based on non-formal education, used the potential of expression through movement techniques to highlight communal solidarity as well as innovative approaches to address the issues of poverty and marginalization and encourage young people’s awareness and commitment to these questions.
Specifically promoting innovation, attractiveness and inclusiveness of activities aimed at including marginalized groups, the project encouraged openness, solidarity, dialogue and commitment to equality and acknowledgement of diversity through movement in order to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding across Europe.
The group could explore different approaches, proposed by trainers. They developed three different workshops leading up to the final performance:
Forum theatre, created by Augusto Boal as part of his Theatre of the oppressed, allows spectators to intervene in a performance in which a character is being oppressed and then to suggest ways in which the actors can modify their actions in order to change the outcome of the performance, therefore.
Contact Improvisation, a partner dance technique based on touch, momentum, weight, a shared point of contact and the integration of movement such as falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting and making oneself light when being lifted
MIM Movement, empowers the learner to become more conscious of how the body works and to open the path to the re-connecting three dimensions which are quite often disconnected: our body, our mind, our spirit.
It relies on a sensitive understanding of breathing and rhythm as the inspiration for movement and creation, giving a lot of space to sensitivity, creativity and communication.
Participants worked intensively exploring social inclusion through movement and prepared a presentation of the working days in the final performance that was presented at the end of the week.
The challenging and empowering aspect of the final performance is based on the fact that sharing with the audience the results of the work done, allows the performer to raise more awareness and responsibility about the message she/he chose to deliver and it helps the audience to be a learner
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