The project Behind Bars is sponsored by Vinci Stiftung und Vinci Facilities GmbH
A poetry/ dance project at the Youth Detention Facility Plötzensee in Berlin
from May 2016 - September 2016
On May 17th the project „Moving Wor(l)ds“, a cooperation between Tanztangente and No Boundaries e.V. started to involve the incarcerated youth from the Detention Facility in a poetry / dance project. Spoken word artists worked closely to dance teachers in order to deal with the 7 deadly sins. How can they be written about? What would the dance about a mortal sin look like? Artists such as Kronstädta, who has been working with incarcerated youths for years and the Femcee Pyranja were the mentors in writing, whereas 4 teachers from Tanztangente were the dance mentors working closely for 5 months with the youths. A public presentation took place on September 23rd, 2016 at the Detention Facility. During a 45 minute performance the participants of this project performed the "Deadly sins" interpreted in text, dance and music in front of an audience of about 120 people.
The project is sponsored by Chance Tanz.
During a period of three months the mentors from "Dialog macht Schule" have been treating the topic of "equality, female rights and gender" from February - May 2016. As a result the incarcerated participants wrote a theater piece and texts that have been performed inside the Detention Facility for the other incarcerated youths.
A movie by Olad Aden
A cooperation between Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung, Jugendstrafanstalt Berlin and No Boundaries e.V.
Workshop by: Dialog Macht Schule
February 2015 - August 2015
Behind Bars is a project in collaboration with the Youth Detention Facility Berlin. Incarcerated young people will have the opportunity to participate in classes of poetry / Rap and literature within the school curriculum of the Detention Facility. The projects goal is to improve language skills and to increase the interest in and the ability of self expression through language. Ideally project involved young people will find a vehicle for self expression through artistic means.
Language often looses its significance and multiplicity in the day to day prison routine. This can lead to frustration , misunderstandings and conflict. Therefore we consider it crucial to improve the ability of self expression and to offer new methods which will empower participants to deal with a diverse variety of topics that will be addressed during the program.
Teaching artists will visit the facility twice a week to offer classes: creative writing, rhyming, drawing classes. They will discuss of everyday topics and in the process they will define ways how to express them accordingly. This project will be accompanied by the pedagogical instructions of social workers and teachers of the facility.
The project has been sponsored by Bezirksamt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.
On Febuary 24, 2015 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung funded a writing workshop that included a very animated discussion between the incarcerated youth and the Cambodian artist Kosal Khiev, himself a former prisoner who had been incarcerated for 14 years in diverse US prisons where he discovered poetry as a valuable tool for his very survival. The Berlin based detainees were introduced to poetry and all of its assets!
The pilot phase of the project has been made possible by a generous private donation.
Ulla Lenze, as teacher 2015
Abbas Khider ran the first Workshop period which kicked of the projects pilot phase on May 4th, 2015. This project period dealt with the topics "itineraries / meanders / ways and halfways".
The incarcerated youth narrated their own stories describing their own, personal ways: itineraries of a refugee, ways into the future, meanders and ways of the past.
The basic idea: leave nightmares behind by going through them in words and narration in order to find alternatives and follow dreams.
The next section of the Workshops during the pilot phase was held by Berlin MC Amewu. Here, some of the involved detainees had the opportunity to write Rap-Lyrics, some of them were able to try out the art form of rhyming while others continued working on their short stories.
Ulla Lenze, Kaveh, Joe "Madog" Bliese and international guests such as Natalia Molebatsi and L-Ness as well as youth from the BronxBerlin Connection accommodated the workshops with special feature appearances which inspired the youth day by day!