Partner: Oltre le Quinte –  Sector: Social inclusion  –  Country: Italy –  Place: Novara and Turin –  Year: 2017-2019 –  Project Status: Ongoing –  Type: AMI


Dance workshops and intensive workshops on the transmission of gesture and theatre training run by renowned artists for an integrated group of disabled and able-bodied young adults and professionals in Novara



Enhance skills and develop new expressive possibilities of vulnerable people and the professionals who assist them


30 people aged between 16 and 39, of whom approximately half with disabilities and in the care of the Territorial Handicap Educational Service of the city of Novara, and five young people aged between 16 and 20 with social and cultural vulnerabilities.


Established in 2016, the association Oltre le Quinte (Beyond the Scenes) grew out of 20 years’ experience of dance and music workshops offered by the social services department of Novara city council (ComuneArte) to people with vulnerabilities. Today it is an integrated artistic group comprising around 30 people including professional educators, volunteers, vulnerable young people and people working with integrated artistic languages.

With support from AMI in 2017 Oltre le Quinte set out on a path of experimentation and training by introducing a weekly workshop in dance/somatic-emotional research led by a choreographer and dance movement therapist that aims to stimulate a creative relationship between generations, ethnic groups, types of vulnerability and diverse abilities. The possibility of reclaiming a pre-verbal code by boosting the physical vocabulary of gesture facilitates the participants’ integration through the nuances of a form of communication that becomes highly inclusive and affirming.

In 2017 artists from Oltre le Quinte performed in two works by choreographer Virgilio Sieni (Altissima Povertà and Di fronte agli occhi degli altri), in Turin and Novara.

From 2018, the project also includes two intensive workshops on the transmission of gesture and theatre training and, from 2019, a photo-video workshop.