The second PUSH Lab, an 8-day residential laboratory focusing on the topic of (over)protection led by our Belgian partner CCHA/krokusfestival, took place from 8 - 17 September 2017. As with the Gender Lab, 14 artists were selected through an application process in Scotland, Belgium, Ireland, Denmark and Norway.
The Lab focussed around the idea of 'risk', playing outdoors and how we can play with that as makers of theatre and dance for children. As part of this opportunity artists spent time in the woods at Dommelhof (a Cultural Centre focusing on circus, street arts and transdisciplinary arts) and at SPOTS Festival (a festival of site-specific work in Hasselt). It was a very inspringing time, as you can see from the images below!
'We want to explore themes such as unsupervised time, danger zones, safety zones, falls and cuts. We want to understand the risk radar: where is the danger, what is the danger, how can we artistically play with it? Transform it in artistic concepts? Look at different relations between artists, audience and accidental passers-by.'