ODI is a performing arts workshop with strongly intercultural methodologies, fostering creative interventions in intercultural contexts that are fragile or otherwise in need of an extraordinary expressive and communicative space.
The workshop is extremely flexible in the concrete format that it takes, in order to best adapt to very different contexts (e.g. a refugee camp awaiting reception at a border, a day centre for minors in an urban context), it offers participants a protected and playful space for self-expression through non-verbal language, which allow deep aspects of the self to be brought to the surface, to the benefit of the individual and the group.
In the workshop, expressive techniques are transmitted in a playful manner, giving way to urgent themes of the individuals and the group, which are collected by the conductors and elaborated into a concluding performance. In fact, a public presentation is usually scheduled, a very important moment of personal evolution and empowerment that ODI offers the participants. The workshop has already seen several editions in Italy, France and Austria and wants to be a tool for the contemporary era of the multiethnic and globalised West, which struggles with intercultural misunderstandings and intolerances. BILOURA firmly believes that when one is willing to shift focus in order to encounter the other, one discovers the amount of values that unite people instead of dividing them. ODI workshop aims to build bridges between frontiers, cultures and thoughts in order to overcome the “fear of the unknown” in favour of a peaceful multiethnic society.
Depending on the context of implementation, ODI can be articulated into daily or weekly meetings, from a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 12 encounters lasting 2-3 hours.
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