It takes a child to raise a village / football meets dance


It takes a child to raise a village / football meets dance

Corpo Maquina


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It takes a child to raise a village / football meets dance
Corpo Maquina

IT TAKES A CHILD TO RAISE A VILLAGE - FOOTBALL MEETS DANCE: a project with dancers, actors, footballers, musicians and youth from the neighbourhood

Movement, freedom and happiness. With 5 dancers, 3 actors, 2 freestyle footballers and 2 musicians, choreographer Guilherme Miotto of Corpo Máquina Society brings a travelling performance that gives space to a group of children's lust for life and urge to play in every city it lands in. The adults in the company have the sole task of putting the children at the centre. This produces a feast of intuition and community spirit. For children know the way.

Festival Lieve Stad,
Location Meervaart - Rode zaal

Run time 60 minutes
Genre Dance

It takes a child to raise a village

As a child, you are in the process of having your instinctive base awakened and shaped - the basis on which your reason will develop. The adults that choreographer Guilherme Miotto of Corpo Máquina Society brings together for his project It takes a child to raise a village / Football Meets Dance, he instructs to put the children at the centre and create an environment where everyone feels safe and can move and play to their hearts' content. It is the children who show us the way. They bring to light the curiosity and zest for life that have become hidden under the adult mindset. For the adults, the children are the reason to work together and search for a sense of community in their hearts, bodies and souls. A heartfelt coming together in which the connection between football, theatre and life becomes ever more palpable.
"Art is something special in every people's lives, not just something for special people," says Miotto. To reinforce his statement, he is constantly looking for potential and unsuspected entrances to art experience and exploring alternative, inviting forms of creation and presentation. For instance, he started building a bridge between football and dance and developed a way of working in which creating and rehearsing coincide one-to-one with the participation of neighbourhood residents. In It takes a child to raise a village / Football Meets Dance, both perspectives come together.

Corpo Máquina Society

With an eye for interests, talents, skills and energies that develop outside training and institutions, Corpo Máquina Society brings the system, the street and art into dialogue with each other. In the space between these three domains, projects come to life. Senses on edge, feeling, moving, looking. In the concentrated body-to-body communication, dance helps us see each other better: softer, more open, with curiosity and trust.


choreography Guilherme Miotto
performers Abel Bazouz, Kim Boogaard, Pedro Miguel Cardoso, Emma Hanekroot, Rowdy Heinen/William Cochart, Myrthe Marchal, Merlijn de Meyer Engelbeen, Bob Ott, Isaac Poels, Daniela Rodrigo, Maxime Smeets, Emma Versluys
stage design Anne Habermann
lighting design Tom Stiegelis
dramaturgy Andrew Greenwood
consultancy Henk Havens
technique Mathijs Geraerts
online communication Dazza Schouten
supervision of participating youngsters Pien van Welbergen Danen
organisation Heleen Volman
photo Ernest Potters
graphic design Marieke van der Schaar

17 - 26 March

Festival Lieve Stad,

Amsterdam is a city of many faces, literally, because we live here together with many different nationalities. Lieve Stad is about the city and all its inhabitants. This festival, a collaboration between ITA and Meervaart, is about bringing people together, in the city, in the theatre, in society. How do we live together and what stories do all individuals and groups carry with them? They all have their own stories, strengths and challenges. Showing these is the starting point of Lieve Stad,.