Estonia, 18 april 2012: Workshops, silk for Madeira

During our meeting in Estonia the partners have discovered together several workhops. The aim of the meeting was to realise the painting of a silk for our performance project.

In the first workshop, we have paint on the silk some symbols relating to our project (concentration camps of Auschwitz, hill of crosses of Lithuania, lines…) on over 50 meters silk.

We have worked with a special technic who allowed us to have some white symbols on a dark background.

After the workshop we decided finally to use this painted silk in our end-performance for some light projections and light effects on the stage.


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Ethel Hakkaja

The second workshop we made was a glas workshop. Ethel Hakkaja showed us the technic to be creative with glas and each partner created a personal composition.

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Estonia, 17 april 2012: Visit of the Voisiku Mental House

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The art school cooperate with the Voisiku Mental House in Poltsamaa, making art projects together, creating exchanges and giving some art courses and workshops for disabled learners.

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Costumes and clothes in Estonia, 17-19 april 2012

Our next meeting will take place in Estonia. It is our last meeting before the mobility in Madeira. We are going to visit our partners (art school, Põltsamaa association). The visit will be concentrated on the work with fabric, costumes and clothes, for our end-performance project in Madeira in may 2012.

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Poland, 24 november 2011: Dance workshop, part 1

Henrique Amoedo and his group “Dancing with difference” from Portugal leaded the dance workshop in Poland, with some target groups and staff from Caritas centers but also with all target groups and partners from Europe present at the meeting in Poland.

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The atmosphere during the workshop was really nice, joyful, open, and even if a lot of participant didn´t knew each other, everybody danced and took part to the experience. It was quite surprising especially from the disabled people of Caritas who never made such an experience before.

For the most of the participants and specially target groups, this kind of experience was the first one in their life. It was amazing to see the confidence, openness and freedom in the whole group. Everybody really enjoyed this moment together.

The workshop took place in Caritas center.

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Dance workshop, part 2

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We all made the experience that when we dance, “there is no mistake and there are no differences”. It is all the same.

Photos: Sandie Brischler

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Poland, 23 november 2011: Visit of Auschwitz, concentration camp

Auschwitz is the place of one of the worst genocide of the history, and worst crime ever against humanity, against human rights and against differences between the people.

 On November 23rd, during the meeting in Poland, the mama-project went to the Auschwitz concentration camp: For all the participants, partners and target groups of the project, it has been a very strong experience.

Prothesis room

The group tried to explain how and why this experience was so important for the meaning of our project together.

“It is all about the project, it is about seeing other cultures and about looking things from another perspective. I think it can be useful for us in the project to see things differently” (Pedro H. Amoedo, Portugal group)

Everyone knows this part of the history but it is really different when you are there, when you can see and feel. It is important when you can really see what happened, when you are there the feeling are really different. It is also a part of the history that we all have in common. It is something that links all countries, in a way” (Luisa Aguiar, Portugal group)

“To visit this place give us a lot of material and a lot of ideas for artistic creations, of thinking, and inspiration for further construction together” (Mickaella Dantas, disabled dancer, Portugal group)

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“I have seen all the clothes, there was a lot of cold, the people were very cold because they don´t have clothes. I have seen where they slept in the houses (stone houses). I have also seen the place where people were shot.”      (Barbara Matos, disabled dancer, Portugal group)

“Today was a very important step in the way where our final presentation is going. It was important to understand the history and to see closer this history. Beside of that, it was also an essential experience for all the people who were there because we always hear about it in a distant way, but when you are there you grow personally. For the people who are going to dance or to participate to the final performance project in Madeira, it was also important that they were at this place because they can feel this part of our history in a really more consciously way and with the body also.”     (Henrique Amoedo, artistic director, Portugal group)

“This visit was for me really connected to the meaning of the mama project.The project integrate disabled people, or even more than integrate, the project doesn´t make any difference between disabled or not disabled: It means tolerance, it means, that a person will be accepted in her complete personality as she is, with her own way to be and nobody will be limited. Auschwitz is the exact contrary of this, it is one of the hardest example in the world of disrespect of life and extreme intolerance of other human being. That´s why for me, these two experiences belong together because they are two extremes and both are very important. This visit in frame of the project reinforce that contrast, and that´s why it was especially interesting.”  (Barbara Epping-Faal, Berlin)

“It was important for our project because it was very emotional, and it was important to be together to share this kind of emotion.”                              (Simona Litviniene, Lithuania)

“The most important was to feel how beautiful our life is now. We have to save our work and life and to be happy with what we have now. It was important to have found these feelings inside of us.”                                       (Grazina Baniene, Lithuania)

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Poland, 22 november 2011: Visit of Caritas center, workshops for creative therapy

Krzysztof Siudziński and partners

 Our partner from Poland, Caritas organisation, has shown us their work with disabled people. We have visited a lot of different creative workshops of several Caritas centers in the region of Katowice.

These so called “occupational therapy” workshops are the bigger part the Caritas centers we visited. The target groups of Caritas works with a lot of various creative techniques and materials, and are quite productive.



They realised mostly some hand-work”, but they also have rooms adapted for music and body therapy.


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Photos: Barbara Epping-Faal / Piret Järv

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