3. You said that when you began working here, “education” as it is now called did not exist at all. Today, 15 years later, the mere notion of the department of Talent Development & Education not existing is inconceivable. You mentioned that you even have leeway to conduct experiments. How do you achieve this?
“Normally, we are always in touch with a school physically, but because of this, there are also limitations. We, therefore, wanted to develop something that would allow us to let all primary school teachers and pupils work with our stories in an accessible way. We also wanted to have something that is suitable for modern education. Due to this, we came up with the idea of developing an app. This was a real first, as, at that time, no other dance companies in the world had ever done such a thing. Together with a creative team of educators, web designers, Pite herself, our dancers, as well as children, we developed several interactive classes based on Crystal Pite’s performance Parade. An added benefit was that Pite’s son was in the age-bracket this project was aimed at, which strengthened her connection with, and motivation to work on this process even further. We examined the learning objectives in education as well as various interactive modes in the app for teachers, as well as for pupils. Although Parade is exceptionally well suited to deal with specific human issues, it can also be used to examine the creative elements of a performance. Right now, we are developing yet another app about dance. We are currently working with Johan Inger’s Dream Play. Watching him see the dancers, the concept, and the movement material with different eyes is so much fun.”