In the document on the "European disability strategy" it is textually underlined that: “Eighty million people within the EU (one sixth of the population) have disabilities, to be read and seriously impaired. These people, who often do not have the opportunity to participate fully in social and economic life because of their disability, have a poverty rate 70% higher than the European average.” *
By 2020 it is expected that one fifth of the EU population will have some form of disability. The EU and its Member States are committed to improving the socio-economic situation of people with disabilities, based on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. **
Based on these data, it appears increasingly evident that actions such as: openness, integration and inclusion, are the objectives that a good training course must achieve in order to prepare the individual - disabled and non-disabled - to be an integral and active part of society. The support of people with disabilities is the goal towards which the European community moves in order to facilitate their participation in EU processes.
These goals can be achieved by promoting new tools of knowledge and relationships that go beyond linguistic, cultural, social and physical barriers and that are useful to raise awareness among European citizens about the living conditions of people with disabilities and about the difficulties they may encounter in the everyday.
The "Per-Art Literacy" project aims to promote non-formal and inclusive education based on innovative methodologies aimed at youth workers. This project will involve the participants in a process of body literacy of the disabled person on stage. The focal point of Anna Albertarelli's work is to lead skilled and differently able to a new dialogue that favors an expressive equality within the scenic places. Recognizing the expressive potential of an inclusive group, generating "confidence" with diversity without stereotypes. To promote a new expressive vision, aimed at potential and not at limits. The introduction to the workshop foresees a deepening of body literacy on diversability so that each participant of different countries can take part in the dialogue on equal meanings and contents and acquire an inclusive vision of the integrated group.
The method adopted is "Corpo Poetico" ® a movement/dance/theater practice devised and developed by Anna Albertarelli (choreographer, dancer and trainer) and Roberto Penzo (psychomotor, psychologist, trainer, performer). The decades-long experience of trainers has always been oriented towards a new approach to disability on stage, inspired by some precursors such as the Candoco company, from the United Kingdom.
The project is aimed at 23 people including 7 people with physical disabilities from 6 European organizations who will come together for an integrated theater training at a Theater space made available by “Leggere strutture Art Factory” in Bologna, between 12 and June 18, 2020
The project is part of the Erasmus + program as it contributes to the achievement of these objectives:
- contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth;
- create new networks and collaborations between European organizations for future projects;
- providing youth workers with new skills and knowledge to be translated into activities that have positive effects in local communities and at European level;
- aim at promoting equity and inclusion by facilitating access to participants from disadvantaged backgrounds and with fewer opportunities compared to their peers, in particular with regard to disabilities and the dynamics deriving from social obstacles.
History of the body literacy process for the inclusion of the disabled on stage. Theater dance activities for educators and professionals in the sector for the discussion of some stereotypes regarding disability and their full participation in performative actions.
Full title: Per-Art Literacy
Sub-Programme: Key Action 1 – Youth Workers