Young people :
WORKING WITH YOUNG AUDIENCES AT BIT TEATERGARASJEN
Young people :
WORKING WITH YOUNG AUDIENCES AT BIT TEATERGARASJEN

The program at BIT Teatergarasjen is aimed at all kinds of theatregoers, and they work to ensure that both experienced and new audiences get the opportunity to discover and experience performing arts. Lately, they’ve had a special focus on youth.

Through workshops, presentations and complimentary tickets to selected performances, they wish to improve young people’s access to performing arts. By introducing High School pupils and young students to different aesthetic expressions, they wish to facilitate further art interest, participation and use.

From 2018-2020, their work with young audiences is supported by the performing arts network apap - Performing Europe 2020, and Hordaland county. So far, this has enabled them to meet with more than 700 young people from different parts of Western Norway. They’ve had workshops at city schools and in suburban areas, and travelled by bus, train and boat to get out to the districts. Through practical exercises and conversations, they’ve introduced pupils to different ways of understanding and practising performing arts, and they’ve discussed some of the aesthetic and political traditions BIT Teatergarasjen relates to. Those who attend the workshops are offered complimentary tickets to selected performances, that are followed up by further discussions. They’ve also had presentations and tailor-made performance offers for students at several educational institutions in the region.

They are now in the process of planning activities for the autumn of 2019. Those who work in the school system or other educational institutions, are more than welcome to contact them to discuss possibilities for collaboration, and how to set up a workshop program suited to their students or pupils. The project is led by Idun Vik, who works with communication at BIT Teatergarasjen as well as being an actor and theatre maker. Feel free to contact her at idun@bit-teatergarasjen.no.

The pictures below are from a recent workshop at Fusa High School (photo: Joy Elisabeth Kvamme)