Very applicable, in “de Vrije Wolf” in Utrecht, a building that has been used as a prison from 1856 until very recently, we will be sharing an office with Click F1, our partner in the Real Life Project.
With our partners from Berlin, the wonderful team of “Tanztangente”, we are working on a dance project in the juvenile prison of Berlin this month. Three days a week, six hours a day.
Sitting next to an inmate he points at the space where we are rehearsing, “This is heaven” he says and than he points in the direction where the cells are, “That is hell”.
We are working towards a performance early October, after ten intensive sessions of rehearsals. Also we hope to be able to give them a certificate, not for their danceskills but for their employabilityskills. For many of them it might be the first time that they are so committed to forfill a task. Impressive to see the focus, concentration and collaboration of these young offenders and so nice to work with inspired people like Nadja and Dani from the Tanztangente Company.
May and June were a busy months, with Mirthe Wacki, Jos Zandvliet and a group of ex-offenders and volunteers we worked several weeks on a contribution for the Boschparade.
The Boschparade is an annual parade of floating pieces of art inspired by the work of the Famous Dutch painter Jheronimus Bosch. Our inspiration was his painting “the Seven Deadly Sins”.
Lots of smiling faces, and positive press and more than 25.000 people who saw our work.
In May 2014 the second meeting of the PICP project took place in Portlaoise, Ireland. What a warm welcome it was by all the people working for the training centre of the Irish Prison service.