Ogmius is a partnership between Compagnie de L’Oiseau Mouche in France, Mind The Gap in UK and Moomsteatern in Sweden, co-funded by the EU Erasmus + Programme.
Art is the common denominator for all theatre companies involved in the network Crossing The Line. Our companies are artistically led, professional theatres and at the same time committed to meeting the challenges of producing, playing and touring theatre performed by artists that are disabled and non-disabled. For it is a challenge, as all art should be. And the biggest challenge is often not the disabilities of the artists, but rather the preconceptions of people around us and the expectations from the surrounding world on what we should and should not be.
The Ogmius project aims to investigate existing resources for learning disabled (LD) artists training and support systems, following a methodology that will ensure dissemination and transferability. Activities within the project will include:
- Professional practice workshops designed for LD artists. These workshops will enable the artists to experience new practices and therefore gain new aptitudes. They will enable peer evaluation and self-evaluation as well as progression routes for the artists.
- Job-shadowing modules for support staff. The three partner organisations work differently, but they all have methods in place to support the artists and enable them to do their job. The shadowing modules enables staff from each company to visit each other to observe methods applied in the other organisations, to share them and to create a common corpus.
- Ogmius will generate a training corpus, filmed documentation and a good practices report. Partners have chosen to work with a Project Dramaturg who will curate these outputs.
- Three outreach events (one in each country) will also take place during the length of the project that will be opened as widely as possible to local and international participants.