MAP TO THE STARS is an education project
Project duration: 01/09/2017- 31/07/2019
Digital technologies have become our daily lives. Children in particular are enthusiastic consumers of digital content. According to a study conducted by Eurostat in 2014, 81% of all European households have access to the Internet, and 50% of European children are equipped with tablets or computers at home.
In this scenario, the European dance industry has evolved significantly, opening up to the use of digital technologies on the stage, while loosing at the same time young audience engagement and active participation in cultural events.
MAP TO THE STARS is an education project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union aimed to give young generations the opportunity to rediscover dance and movement, stimulating creativity of pupils aged 8-12 and providing tools to school teachers to integrate dance and movement in their curriculum.
The project is an initiative coordinated by Ballet National de Marseille and involves as partners: the dance platform ICKAmsterdam, the municipal theatre and performance space Mercat de les Flors from Barcelona and Explora, the children’s museum of Rome. Manuvo Europe SAS, a group of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to the design, production and distribution of digital content for cultural industries, supports the partners in the creation and development of an application that will stimulate creativity through dance.
Also, the project involves the dance company SILKFluegge based in Linz/Austria as external consultant.
The dancers and teachers identified by each partner are guided by Eric Minh Cuong Castaing, associate artist at Ballet National de Marseille for the period 2016-2019 and artistic director of MAP TO THE STARS.
The project started in September 2017. In the initial months the partners will be working on the development of the digital application, selection of local schools and dancers. From September 2018 dance and creativity will enter in the selected schools of participating countries (France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands) with an application, digital and dance workshops for kids, educational materials for teachers and a final presentation in each venue – Marseille, Rome, Barcelona and Amsterdam.
Map to the stars is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
In its 40+ years existence, it has experienced numerous evolutions and changes, which have all contributed to its unique artistic and institutional profile today. Founded in 1972 by Roland Petit, the BNM is an internationally renowned dance company currently consisting of 30 permanent dancers. The BNM is a true ambassador of its home city, performing 65 shows in France, Europe and all over the world.
After Roland Petit, the Paris Opera principal dancer Marie-Claude Pietragalla took over the direction of the BNM (1998-2004), then the Belgian choreographer Frédéric Flamand (2005-2013), guiding its activities through a genuine open-mindedness that looked beyond the traditional dividing line between classical and contemporary dance.
In September 2014, Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten were appointed artistic directors of the BNM with the wish to continue to shape the identity with an open and trans-disciplinary mindset.
The BNM has always been at the crossroads of different styles and trends, including collaborations with artists like Keith Haring, Yves Saint-Laurent, Ai Weiwei, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Jean Cocteau, Gianni Versace or Pink Floyd.
ICK, directed by Emio Greco en Pieter C. Scholten, is an acclaimed dance platform that produces international dance performances, guides guest artists and runs various educational projects. As the Amsterdam City Company for Contemporary Dance and as the resident company of Theater De Meervaart, ICK contributes to dance development in the city. The dance ensemble of ICK is distinguishable by the specific dance language developed by its choreographers. The intuitively moving body is always central to their work. The repertoire of ICK possesses a special quality of communicating deeper layers of meaning to the audience, whilst also attracting spectators who merely wish to enjoy the beauty of the dance to the performances. The company received various prestigious prizes and toured all over the world during the past twenty years.
In coming years, ICK will work on further expanding the platform. A contemporary dance repertoire will be built up for and with the dance ensemble, together with internationally operating choreographers. Young choreographers get the chance of developing their own signatures there. The education activities are extended and both the research projects and the educational projects are embedded even more firmly in ICK international network.
The work will also be done on an inter-city basis: ICK gives shape to an intensive artistic, cultural and business exchange between its own organization, resident in Theater de Meervaart in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, and THE Ballet National de Marseille, also having Greco and Scholten as the artistic directors.
Besides producing new work and building a repertoire, ICK also focuses on talent development, education and research for the artists in residence, like-minded choreographers, inspirers and discourse partners, in the context of which artistic exchange is a necessary requirement and organizational support is optional.
Mercat de les Flors-Casa de la Dansa is a municipal theatre and performance space based in Barcelona, offering a wide-ranging program of performances in all types of creative expression: theatre, dance, music, media arts, etc.
For over 10 years, Mercat de les Flors has carried out educational programs in schools of different levels and with children of different age groups, with the support of local authorities as well as private-sector companies. These projects have involved the active participation of schoolchildren, their families, teachers and artists, who made available their personal and professional capital to children, in order to help them imagine and structure new ways of seeing the world.
Over the years, their educational programs have included: live performances, dance workshops for children and young people up to 18 years led by dance professionals. Furthermore, they offer classes for teachers and educators and projects with schools and the educational community at large, where artistic methodologies and resources are used to develop children’s creativity.
Among their most effective initiatives, “la maleta didáctica” (the educational suitcase), a creative teaching and learning tool aimed at developing creative projects through dance and the work on body and movement.
Starting from 2016-2017, an online version of the educational suitcase has been launched in collaboration with a private bank foundation, La Caixa. This initiative aims at helping primary education teachers to guide pupils through the discovery of dance and stage techniques. Its primary goal is to provide a range of materials and methodologies for working on dance in the classroom.
Explora il Museo dei Bambini di Roma is a privately run non-profit children’s museum, a permanent structure dedicated to children aged 0 to 12 years, schools and families.
The Museum is run by the Museo dei Bambini Società Cooperativa Sociale Onlus, a non-profit cooperative company with a female majority, based on an EN ISO 9001:2015-certified quality management system for the design and supply of educational and recreational activities for children aged 0-12 (Certificate no. IQ-0607-01 issued by Dasa-Rägister).
Explora’s mission is to:
- foster and help children’s natural urge to learn with exciting suggestions and exhibits, designed for all age groups;
- offer parents and children a chance to share this exciting experience, which will allow children to grow up and adults to rediscover childhood;
- offer teachers and children exciting and innovative non-disciplinary experiences to be followed up in class;
- create interest and positive attitudes in children and their caregivers towards cultural interaction, cooperation, respect for other people and the environment;
- bring children and adults closer to science and research by promoting culture, knowledge, and new technologies.
Explora opened to public in May 2001, in collaboration with foundations, institutions and companies through an accurate work of fundraising.
Explora is located in the area which was once occupied by the former Atac tram depot in via Flaminia 80, historically known as “Borghetto Flaminio”. In 1998, when the area, which had fallen into disuse, was granted to the non-profit cooperative Museo dei Bambini SCS Onlus, all the buildings were in a state of neglect and decay. The area was then redeveloped and repurposed to host the Museum. Through the renovation of some buildings dated between 1870 and 1920, Explora carried out an important urban redevelopment, and turned a degraded area into a permanent, valuable, international benchmark for families, schools and children.
Silke Grabinger is a dancer and choreographer. She is situated at the point of intersection between contemporary performing art and space/design strategies. As the artistic director of the artist collectives SILK Cie and SILK FLUEGGE she is pursuing new approaches in a critical engagement with social phenomena, artistic paradigms and the function/role of the audience. Her works find place in the theatre as well as in the white cube of the museum or in public spaces as spaces of social occurrence.
Silke Grabinger started studying graphic & design and has a bachelor degree in space and design strategies, her multimedia art works are exhibited in the United States, Canada and Europe and have been awarded several prizes. She got in touch with breakdance in 1997. She has launched Projects with Pottporus and international touring followed. In 2006 – 2008, she performed in the Cirque du Soleil / The Beatles Show “LOVE“ in Las Vegas as a Solo and aerial artist, and worked with choreographers Dave St-Pierre, Margie Gillis and Daniel Ezralow.
In 2008, she produced her first Solo performance entitled [SLIK], in cooperation with Pilottanzt. [SLIK] was the winner of the award of Linz09 – culture capital city of Europe 2009 and Posthof and has been successfully touring Europe and Africa. In 2009, Silke Grabinger was granted a scholarship for music and performing arts (Bmukk), and received the Austrian design state award for a group exhibition with “space & design strategies “. She created the character ANIMA in „playGuldaplay“ of the honor of Friedrich Gulda, with Paul Gulda, Martha Agerich and others in the Wiener Konzerthaus. She also played the main character in the Klangwolke „babyjet“ of lawine torren in front of 70.000 spectators. In 2012 Silke Grabinger developed a dance notation for musicians and cooperated with the composer Bernhard Lang for the performance piece „Moving Architecture“, which is based on the architecture of the Austrian Cultural Forums New York.
One of her long-term performance projects is called „Versuchsperson“. She has volunteered to be an experimental subject in the timeframe of 10 minutes each for different international choreographers as Anne Juren, Benoit Lachambre, Astrid Endruweit & Michael Laub, Trajal Harrell, Philippe from Superamas, comedian Dirk Stermann and the filmmaker Arash T. Riahi (golden girls production). Her current work includes several group performances together with her Companies SILK Cie & SILK Fluegge. SILK Fluegge got honoured with the „STELLA 15“ an Award for an outstanding theatre production for young people in the year 2015, the „Recognition award for intercultural youth and children development work 2015“ and the „Recognition award for stage art of the province of Upper Austria 2013“ for our several performances and artistic work in the last years. In recent years, she has extended her educational workshops and has built close relation with the Ars Elektronica Center in Linz, Austria.
Manuvo is a group of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to the design, production and distribution of digital content for cultural industries. Manuvo uses digital media as a bridge to connect the audience with contents promoting culture, education, “guilt-free” entertainment, social inclusion of vulnerable groups, the arts, science, reading, and creativity.
Manuvo’s portfolio includes several cultural, science & technology and educational institutions, both at local and national levels, (King’s College London -UK, Mexican Ministry of Culture and Arts, Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (Mexico), the National Library of Colombia, Chilean Ministry of Education, among others), as well as all sorts of content creators such as large and small publishers, museums, foundations, fairs, schools, and cultural institutions. They have offices in Avignon (France), Bogota (Colombia), London (United Kingdom), Morelia (Mexico), Vancouver (Canada) and Santiago (Chile).
They specialize in the following services:
- Definition of digital strategy. Selection of products, business model and communication.
- Adaptation of printed to digital. Creation of interactive content in formats ePub3, app, web and Smart TV starting from an existent piece of work.
- Born-digital content creation. Conception and creation of new-to-the-world interactive content.
- Distribution and commercialization. Proprietary distribution platforms, gamified business models and others.
Their award winning 60-person team includes producers, editors, user experience designers, illustrators, digital artists, photographers, audio and video specialists, engineers, marketing professionals, anthropologists, psychologists and curators. They have been recognized with Best Design Award (The Next Web, 2012), Most Innovative Company (UK Trade & Investment, 2013), Digital Creation Award (Colombia’s Ministry of Technology, 2014), Best Use of Digital Humanities for Public Engagement (Digital Humanities Awards, 2015), GREAT Investor’s Award (UK Trade & Investment, 2015) and Most Innovative Startup in Latin America and the Caribbean (Inter-American Bank of Development, 2016).
In April 2016, French Tech Culture selected Manuvo as one of the companies to participate during the spring acceleration cohort, which has allowed them to establish the French branch of their company by creating original content and partner with companies in view of commercializing their channels of interest to the francophone market.
Eric Minh Cuong Castaing
Eric Minh Cuong Castaing comes from the field of visual arts: after graduating from the School of Image Gobelins in Paris, he spent several years in the graphic animation. Interested in choreographic writing in real time, he first discovered hip-hop 97 and Butoh dance (masters Carlotta Ikeda and Gyohei Zaitsu), and finally contemporary dance with German choreographer Va Wölfl. After leading humanitarian and educational projects in Senegal and Vietnam, he created the company SHONEN in 2007. His creations (plays, films and installations) combine dance, new technologies (humanoid robots, drones, augmented reality…) and the physical body.
Eric MCC received differents prices: Choreographic award-SACD Beaumarchais in 2014, Digital Lagardère Foundation, Price dance & new Technologies Office Franco-Québécois for childhood, Price SCAM “brouillon de rêve numérique”, festival Synodal dancePrice. For the project Kid Birds, Eric Mcc received the 1st prize for artistic and cultural Audace issued by the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Culture and Communication in partnership with the Culture & Diversity Foundation.
Eric has been nominated associate artist at Ballet National de Marseille for the period 2016-2018 and is now working with young designers of his generation, such as Alessandro Sciarroni, Silvia Costa or Pauline Simon.
Dancers & Contributors
I wanted to dance from a very young age. My first memories of dance go back to my childhood when I watched videos that made me want to reproduce the dancers’ movements. I studied dance at the Académie Franchetti, the dance school of the Opéra de Paris and then the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), where I won the gold medal in 1997. In 1998, I joined the Rudra-Béjart school in Lausanne before moving to the Italian company Aterballetto in 2000 run by Mauro Bigonzetti and then Cristina Bozzolini.
I joined the Ballet National de Marseille in 2009, motivated by my admiration for Roland Petit. I love the atmosphere of the city here and the very human energy of the company. For me, the arrival of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten has turned my vision of dance on its head, particularly the Double Skin/Double Mind technique that allows research into your body in space and the profound feelings that motivate us.
When I think of the “body in revolt”, the main theme explored in the company’s work alongside the “corps du ballet”, I see an angry body that growls when it’s alone. Surrounded, it turns into an aggregate then a revolution. But it’s also the tool that generates feelings in me that I’d know nothing about if I’d chosen a different career.
I started dancing in my home town of Seville. I was selected to join Los Seises, a group of ten children who dance in the cathedral on religious feast days, remaining in the group until I was too old to perform this role. I carried on dancing, joining the Andalusian Dance Centre in 1998 and studying there until 2005. While there I received a grant to study at ITDanza Barcelona. I then joined the European D.A.N.C.E. programme from 2005 to 2007 run by Wayne McGregor, William Forsythe, Frédéric Flamand and Angelin Preljocaj. While there I won two prizes at the Madrid Choreography Competition for a solo Cartas para Wendy (2006) and a duet In2 (2007).
I joined the Ballet National de Marseille under Frédéric Flamand. At that time, I had the opportunity to dance with Wayne McGregor/random. I finally came back in 2009. Today, I value the transmission of movement as undertaken by Emio Greco, which helps me be accurate and unique.
For me “the body in revolt” is what you explicitly see in Extremalism, with the body expressing itself through tiny movements, then more expansive ones, in a very free and fluid way. In my opinion this show represents a vital need to express yourself, however tired you are and whatever limits you tend to place on yourself. I’ve learned to go beyond my automatic reflexes, to work more with my mind, which opens up new choreographic possibilities for me.
Charlie Duran is a cultural entrepreneur who creates immersive, theatrical experiences, cultural educational programs and cultural related tech. After Charlie finished his studies in Communication and had worked as a marketeer he found that there was a lack of communication in the corporate world. While organizing a party with professional performers for the company he worked for he was amazed by the way they were able to communicate with a public. After seeing this performance Charlie put everything on everything to be able to get accepted into the theatre school in Amsterdam. When accepted he started to focus on directing dance and theater.
After this next study Charlie quickly found out that the communication from art didn’t always reach people. Art knows how to communicate but sometimes only communicates with itself. This is the moment he started to think about a connection between the beauty of art and the effectiveness of corporates. He started to make productions in which he always looked for a combination between art, functionality and fun. Charlie found this combination in immersive experiences in which he combines escape room technology with dance and mime performances. His installations don’t only go into theatres but are also adjustable to function as a training in corporate settings. He has provided corporate immersive events for companies like: ArboNed, L’oreal and Act Inc.
Besides these productions Charlie has started a project in Amsterdam in which he provides high level dance classes given by amazing hip-hop dancers for kids that live in poverty. Starting with 10 kids and growing to 70 youngsters in 1,5 years the program is still growing, and Charlie is trying to reach more kids that are talented but don’t have the support from home to develop their talents.
Charlies goal is to expand his immersive experiences to a larger crowd that can get to know each other and an educational subject by playing a game.
Having had 18 years of experience as a dance teacher on a primaryschool in Amsterdam, I finished a University Master in arts education in 2016.
Last year I developed a system in which schools can connect all themes and activities related to dance and movement for all agegroups. This creates an overview and helps to connect learning objectives of different disciplines.
I also coach teachers how to translate their themes and goals into dance and which methods they can use in their own classes. At the conservatory in Amsterdam I train music teachers on how to use dance in their music lessons.
Last year I started to work with the ministry of education and culture to develop a revised arts curriculum. This is intended for primary and secondary education in a continuous line. At the same time it has to make a connection between the different fields of education
Franco Corsi has a long carrier both as professional dancer and choreographer.
He started dancing in Carrara (Tuscany, Italy) and then continued with Erna Bonk in Viareggio, attended professional courses at the “Balletto di Toscana” directed by Cristina Bozzolini in Florence. He then worked for Spellbound Dance Company directed by Mauro Astolfi and studied at Ials and Molinari Center in Rome.
During his carrier he has worked also in Europe and worldwide: Mousonturm in Frankfurt Am Main, Dresden Frankfurt Forsythe’s school, Yantra Akademie in Brussels, Folkwang Schule in Essen, Studio Harmonic in Paris, Alvin Ailey, Graham Centre of Contemporary Dance in New York, graham technique with Adria Ferrali (dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company).
He has danced for Ensemble by Micha Van Hoecke, Cie. Movimentoinactor Teatrodanza by Flavia Bucciero, Imperfect Dancers Company, Balletto Italiano, Balletto di Sardegna, collaborated with Emox Balletto, LyricDance Company, Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini, taken part for two years to the International tour of the NoGravity Dance Company by Emiliano Pelissari in Rome and for GBO (Gruber Ballet Opera) in Paris.
Currently he is a dancer for the White Cloud Company by Pietro Gagliardi (Rome), Cie. Movimentoinactor Teatrodanza (Pisa), Cie. Fridamodanza by Monica Donati (Rome), “CRISES”, a new production of Matteo Levaggi (Milan).
He was invited during national and international Gala evenings and Festival, creating choreographies for Brussels, Pisa, Naples, Florence, Bari and Rome.
Among his most important choreographies: Useless Sacrifice, L’homme et l’ame, Marienplatz, Inside/Outside, Finche’ morte non ci separi, Tales of Humans, Stanze, Tutte le donne di William.
Now he lives in Rome as a Professional dancer, choreographer, teacher of classical and contemporary technique, Certified Trainer of Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® tecnique.
Francesca Natta started classical dance training with dance teacher Patrizia Campassi, first ballerina at Teatro Nuovo, Turin (under the artistic direction of Loredana Furno) and AIDA method teacher at the Scuola del Teatro, La Scala, Milan.
She then danced with international renown masters, including J.Ruiz, M. Pierin, S. Reda, D. Tinazzi, D. Chabardin, I. Wolfe, V. Pitztalis, D. Parsons (c/o Teatro Carcano, Milan), J. Loringette (c/o Off. Jazz, Nice, France), C. Carlson (c/o “Isola” Dance Academy, Venice) and M. Pendleton.
In 2003, she attended the “Percorsi” school of theatre and acting, directed by Giulio Scarpati, studying with Nora Venturini and Silvia Luzzi.
In 2003-05, she attended the “Inside Out” professional training course for young dancers, held by Master and choreographer Loris Petrillo and Loredana Parrella (artistic directors of Asphalt Company). Thanks to this training, she further developed theatrical training and learnt the first notions of contact improvisation with Loredana Parrella, vocal coach and movement teacher, Scuola di Teatro Galante Garrone, Bologna.
In the years 2003-05, she collaborated with emerging modern dance company Ars Movendi, directed by Master Andrea Cagnetti.
Since 2006, she has been collaborating with director and choreographer Loredana Parrella, taking part in her modern dance and physical theatre Cie TwAiN project, and following a post-professional masterclass.
In parallel to a professional theatre and tv career, she has been trained also on psycho-physical well-being and become interested in the body and its mechanics recognizing the high potential of work technique based on respect for the person.
Subsequently she has moved on to dance, actor training and contact, and qualified as Certified Pilates teacher, Cova method.
She attended a postural gymnastics course at Efoa University and a Fit Ball instructor course with Enrico Ceron.
In 2008, Francesca opened STUDIO119 in Rome where, specialed on the “one to one” concept.
Up to now, three dancers and choreographers have been conducting the artistic approach from Barcelona: Ana Eulate in the first months of project development, and Lipi Hernández and Àngels Margarit in the construction of the lesson plans.
Choreographer, dancer and cultural manager, working between France and Spain. Founder and director of the dance theatre company Cia. Pendiente, since 1995. Her work explores the natural fusion between dance and everyday gesture. From 2016 she’s been conducting dance pedagogy projects working between France and Spain.
She belongs to the first generation of contemporary dancers emerged in the late 70’s Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. Afterwards, she continued her studies in different places around Europe and New York. For 28 years she has been dedicated to dance in its different aspects: dancer, choreographer and pedagogue, from her own company, Companyia Mudances, and elsewhere. Since 2016 she is the director of the Mercat de les Flors.
She founded the contemporary dance company Malqueridas in 1995, with which she created several shows until transforming it into a research platform around the body and movement in 2007. She accompanies and supports projects and artists of national and international recognition, while teaching at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. She has entered Map to the Stars on June 2018.
Saint-Barnabé Primary School
The name of our school and our district come from the neighbouring church situated in a village core of Marseille. It is a residential, lively and very pleasant area.
Our school welcomes children from 6 to 10 years old coming from various social backgrounds. We have 317 pupils distributed in 12 classes.
The old premises, built in a « Jules Ferry » architecture type, contain 2 courtyards surrounded by plane trees and hackberries: one for the youngest, the other one for the oldest.
We also have a big room of restoration which works in self-service. And to go in for sport, we have a big gymnasium.
Parc Bellevue Primary School
The Park Bellevue primary school is situated in the 3rd district of Marseille next to the subway, hundred meters far from the biggest tower of the city (CMA-CGM Tower made by Zaha Hadid).
Our cosmopolitan district is one of the poorest in France. Our school is situated in the heart of a neighbourhood called « Félix Pyat » constituted by buildings up to 20 floors. Violence and drugs are ongoing.
The 260 pupils of the school are divided in 13 classes including one for the foreign pupils who have just arrived in France. The majority of them comes from Comoros.
The teachers and the local associations are very involved to make the pupils discover the city of Marseille and bring them outside of their ghetto.
College Germaine Tillon
Built in 2007 in the 12eme district of Marseille our college welcome more than 600 pupils, among which some have a handicap or recently arrived in France. Devices are created to deal with these young people in trouble. The college proposes a lot of activities outside the school time: club choir, club model, Web radio club, club of theater, a sports association in which are practised badminton, escalation, handball and dance. Many educational and cultural projects, in partnership with the National Ballet of Marseille, make our college highly active and allow the pupils to learn a lot about the world of culture and art.
The Amsterdam International Community School is a Dutch International Primary and Secondary School offering international education in English. The school is located in the heart of Amsterdam and has children attending it from all over the world.
AICS is a school with a team fully devoted to dance education. There is a high level of knowledge on the part of educating children in dance en the school is perfect for a reflection on working on Map to the Stars.
De Visserschool is a school that focusses on getting children to enjoy school by working together and being on their best. The school is the first school in Amsterdam that works in English and Dutch. Starting in 2014 the kids on the school get 30% to 50% of their classes in English.
This creates bilingual children who learn about languages, culture and countries. In this way they prepare them for a successful future in the multicultural world.
J.P. Coen school
One of the biggest motivations for the J.P. Coen School is making a strong connection with the neighborhood. Their motto: living together, learning together, investing together is a reflection on their neighborhood. Parents are involves in school policy and the school provides the kids activities that connect them with their neighborhood.
Istituto Comprensivo Via Micheli
The Istituto Comprensivo Via Micheli is located in two central districts of Rome: Parioli, home to the Ronconi school complex, the Institute’s headquarters, and Flaminio-Villaggio Olimpico, where the two schools Guido Alessi and Villaggio Olimpico are located; primary school, middle school and a section of Montessori nursery school.
The school runs educational projects in conjunction with important landmark events venues such as Auditorium – parco della musica, MAXXI Museum and Accademia Filarmonica Romana. Educational visits, cultural journeys, teaching camps, guidance meetings with higher education schools and sports activities take place all around the year.
The school also holds enhancement and remedial courses in Italian, mathematics, foreign languages, Latin and music; it ensures development support provided by a teacher, an inclusion specialist, and psychological support in collaboration with IDO Istituto di Ortofonologia.
The Guido Alessi school complex hosts many activities such as English courses, theatre performances, music and sports events for a fee outside school time, in conjunction with external associations; there is also a free children’s party place called “Spazio Insieme”, open every day from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, funded by Law 285, through a tender issued by the 2nd Municipality.
The building houses the Biblioteca Flaminia – Biblioteche di Roma, which provides a useful free-of-charge support to educational activities and projects.
During the academic year, many initiatives are staged on special days and national celebrations, such as projects for Information Technology, road safety, citizenship and legality, reading and integration education.
Guido Alessi primary school
The Guido Alessi school is located in via Flaminia 223, at the very heart of the Flaminio district, in an impressive building dating back to 1932, near the Flaminio Stadium, in an area which is very well served by public transport.
The G. Alessi primary school is equipped with:
- premises for school lunch services, including kitchen and mess rooms;
- a large outdoor playground area, for afternoon recreation time;
- a well refurbished library to borrow books from;
- a computer laboratory equipped with Internet-connected workstations;
- a music room for singing and music-related activities;
- a large gym, equipped with a net for volleyball and basketball and mini basketball hoops;
- a meeting room equipped with an interactive whiteboard (IWB), for video watching as well;
- a large theatre for exhibitions, shows, performances, various events taking place all year round.
The primary school has classes of 30 hours a week, with Mondays and Wednesdays being extended until 4:30 pm, and classes of 40 hours a week, with afternoon extension every day.
Villaggio Olimpico primary school
The Villaggio Olimpico primary school is located at the heart of the district bearing the same name, at a stone’s throw from the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome.
It profits from the green Villa Glori park and has the benefits of being a small complex: quiet, cosy, familiar.
The Villaggio Olimpico primary school is equipped with:
- premises for school lunch services, including kitchen and mess rooms, recently restored and equipped with new furniture;
- a large outdoor playground area, for afternoon recreation time;
- a well–refurbished library to borrow books from;
- a computer laboratory equipped with interactive whiteboards (IWBs) and Internet-connected workstations;
- a psychometric space to carry out physical training activities;
- an outdoor field for five-a-side football, basketball, physical training activities;
- a vegetable garden, tended by students;
- an indoor garden to grow plants and citrus trees.
The primary school has full-time classes until 4:30 pm every day.
Classes involved in the project are:
4A and 4B from the Guido Alessi school complex and 4A from the Villaggio Olimpico school complex, together with teachers: Marcella Messina, Patrizia Nardo and Maria Marino.
Starting in 2006 in a small town near the beach, Vilassar de Mar, with the idea of being a Calm school, they have incorporated the choreographic language with the complicity of the Sudanansa Association
Since its inception in 1992, its project is based on promoting artistic education as a basis to improve basic learning. They have dance educationstarting with classical ballet, Catalan dance and dances from all over the world, as well as modern and contemporary dance in upper cycle.
It is focused on sustainability in all its aspects, and music classes also work on movement and dance.
Escola Jacint verdaguer
Forma part de la Xarxa d’Escoles Històriques de Barcelona. Ubicada en ple Pobble Sec, i amb un índex de diversitat cultural destacable, l’¡escola aposta per l’educació emocional i integral, i pel treball per projectes.