The exchange was a training programme involving international exchanges amongst emerging and established artists, community leaders and young participants from Fundacion Defensores del Chaco (Argentina), Cia Novos Novos (Brazil) and Project Phakama (UK). The project enabled all involved to explore an array of arts skills in very different community settings, while producing high quality, large-scale site-specific performances.
This South America/UK partnership had its first phase staged in Argentina, in 2006 during a three-week process involving 50 young people and professional artists from the three countries. A public performance entitled ‘the street is my backyard’ was presented to an audience of 400 at defensores’ facilities.
“incredibly, the day of the performance is hot and sunny. There is a sense that everyone involved with the project has changed a little over the past weeks.”– charlotte higgins for the guardian
Phase 2, staged in Salvador, Brazil in November 2008, involved young people from the participating organisations and from Phakama South Africa. After a two-week process exploring differences and similarities, links and barriers, a promenade performance entitled connections beyond frontiers was presented at the Vila Velha theatre.