Contemporary performing arts invoke creativity, openness and critical thinking. Therefore, this form of art contributes to education of the public, helps to develop tolerance and engage the society in a dialogue. As an educational tool, contemporary performing arts can be used by a variety of social groups, regardless of their status, place of residence or age.
Menų spaustuvė together with "Assitej Norge" that unites 117 theatres for children and „Davvi - Senter for scenekunst“, a dance centre in northern Norway are organizing a project called "Across Borders: Theatre for Young Audience". The aim of the project is to promote development of professional contemporary performing arts for youth as well as to improve accessibility in regions and rural areas, increasing the involvement of local professionals who work with young people.
The project is for the youth (age 0-18) that lives in regions and rural areas. Moreover, it is aimed at professionals (artists and teachers) who work with young people. During the project, artists from Lithuania and Norway will be creating a brand new performance for young audiences. This production will become a part of an artistic program together with 3 more shows that have already been created by Lithuanian and Norwegian artists.
The project will not only present performances - plenty educational activities for young audiences and professionals will be introduced as well, such as creative workshops, Young Critics'' program, ingenious laboratories for local artists and pedagogues who work with kids and young people. All of these activities will take place in three different locations of Lithuania
The newly created show will be further shown in Lithuania and Norway. Local communities, artists and art spaces will continue their partnership when the project ends.