Sensorium Toolkit

A sensory toolbox for dancing

The toolkit is an instrument for dance teachers to stimulate pupils to dance and create movement through sensory experience. This physical box stimulates creativity and is full of tools to feel, hear, look and smell.

The Sensorium Toolkit gives teachers guidance during lessons in which the connection between body and mind is paramount. Images, sounds, smells and textures form the starting point for physical discovery and for the natural process of concentration, information processing, creative association, imagination and ultimately layered movement.

The Sensorium Toolkit is inspired by the artistic vision of the professional choreography practice of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. The toolkit gives you, as a teacher, material with which you encourage students to discover the creative possibilities of their bodies. The toolkit does not prescribe movements or choreographies. It was Greco's curiosity for the moving body that drove him into the studio himself in 1995. With the toolkit we evoke that same curiosity in both pupils and teachers.

A teacher who works with the toolkit is particularly eager to expand his/her own creative vision, to go off the beaten track of kinetic movement lessons and to embark on adventures in learning to discover the relationship between body and mind.

The toolkit is suitable for various teaching situations and is intended for lessons for pupils aged 10 years and older. As a teacher, you decide whether you use the toolkit in one lesson, in a series of lessons, or as a recurring part of your regular lessons. The toolkit combines the creative with the rational and thus offers a multifaceted view of what dance education is: learning about yourself, your own body and the relationship with your environment through creativity and discovery, analysis and processing. 

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Documentary Susanne Marx

The Arts Education research group led by Folkert Haanstra subsequently supported a parallel research by choreographer and dance teacher Susanne Marx, which focussed on the implementation of the collective aspects of the workshop Double Skin/Double Mind for a transcultural approach to dance education and on the development of a potential series of lessons for children aged between 10 and 12, in which the metaphorical language used by Greco and Scholten in the transfer to their dancers was also employed in the lessons.

Bas de Brouwer
Bas de Brouwer
Bas de Brouwer