Mapping is an artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, from 0 to 6 years, through performing arts. In particular, it explores the idea of “children-spectators of today and not only of tomorrow”.

A process full of open questions to start to map the aesthetic dimension of very young children, trying to detect the tracks, the many aesthetic moments, that children reveal during the artistic relationship and the underlying reasons.

The research work around the Map crosses and connects all the activities of the project. The Working Groups - Image, Sound, Movement and Word - meet in the frame of the Mapping Festivals to develop the research and the Common co-production process: 16 new productions for Early Years that will be performed in festivals and, all together, in the frame of the Final Event in 2022. Four ITYARN researchers follow the meetings of the Working Groups in order to define the questions that will lead to The Map, Research book: a collection of essays defining the points on the Map, that will then take the form of illustrations created by four big professionals, coordinated by Bologna Children’s Book Fair. These illustrations will be published on The Map, Illustrated book and, together with a selection of those presented in the three edition of the annual exhibition The Children-Spectators, will become a touring exhibition that will be presented for the first time in Bologna in 2022. All the activities intertwine with two other researches: the one on audience development, A new audience, and the Follow-up, a series of seminars on dramaturgy and direction in performing arts for early years.

The partnership of Mapping, spread across the entire territory of the European Union, involves 18 partners from 17 European countries:

  • Baboró International Children’s Festival, Ireland
  • Toihaus Theater, Austria
  • Théâtre de La Guimbarde, Belgium
  • Madam Bach, Denmark
  • Dance Theatre Auraco, Finland
  • Commune de Limoges, France
  • Helios Theater, Germany
  • Artika, Greece
  • Kolibri Puppet Theatre, Hungary
  • La Baracca ONLUS (Project leader), Italy
  • Bologna Fiere/Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Italy
  • De Stillte, Netherlands
  • Teatr Animaczy, Poland
  • Teatrul Ion Creanga, Romania
  • Lutkovno Gledalisce Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Teatro Paraíso, Spain
  • Teater Tre, Sweden
  • Polka Theatre, United Kingdom

In collaboration with Small size (Network for the diffusion of the Performing arts for Early Years) and ITYARN (International Theatre for Young Audience Research Network).

Suppoerted by Creative Europe, Sub-programme Culture.