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NEWS / 20 JULY 2022

July 14 - 15, 2022: Transnational partner meeting in Greece

Greece is well known as the birthplace of theatre – THENOVA project meeting there is a must! That’s why we immediately followed the invitation of our partner IDEC located in Piraues to conduct our next transnational partner meeting in sunny Greece.

As always, the partners were ready to work hard in a very informal and enjoyable atmosphere that accompanied the in-person meetings in this project. The discussions were dedicated to the exchange of experiences obtained by THENOVA trainers from the implementation of the first theater-based training sessions: what went particularly well? How to keep trainees’ attention during the entire training? How to intervene in case of loosing the group dynamics? This discussion was valuable for THENOVA partners who did not implement their training sessions yet.

At the same time, we talked about the effective strategies to design the next output, which is video-based Open Educational Resources. Partners shared their ideas about the storyboards for the videos, which are expected to be delivered by September 2022. To awake partners’ creativity, Gregor and Signe from Rhenania made a performance in front of camera helping understand the magic power of body expression.

 On the personal side, the surroundings, the atmosphere of the seaside as well as the sunset dinner made our meeting unforgettable!

See you next time in (hopefully) snowy Lublin!


Towards becoming artists: training week for THENOVA company trainers

It has finally happened: theatre-based training week for THENOVA company trainers! 12 attendees from THENOVA partner institutions met in person from October 11 to 15, 2021 in Cologne to benefit from the knowhow of professional artists from the actors’ network Rhenania. The goal of the 5-day intensive training was to equip participants with theater-based and performative techniques allowing them to create and deliver inspiring company training sessions.

 To this end, Rhenania team designed and implemented a practical workshop week based on body contact, interaction and communication among trainees and instructors. The participants were trained in using self-awareness techniques, stepping into different roles, storytelling and improvisation methods, playing scenes, performing in front of camera – and all this in the context of company training.

A special highlight of the training week were trainees’ own performances on a real stage of the Metropol theatre in Cologne. THENOVA participants designed and performed their own scenes from everyday corporate life, such as team building, conflict management, communication or leadership. In addition, these performances were recorded by a professional cameraman. This increased the feeling of being actors and performers among the attendees ever!   

Each training day resulted in a reflection session, which helped understand the relationship between the performative methods and their application in a specific context.

 The workshop week was highly appreciated by THENOVA trainers, who cannot await trying all the innovative techniques they learned when conducting their corporate training. At this point, once again a big thanks to the acting coaches Signe Zurmühlen, Frank Baumstark and Gregor Weber from the Rhenania network for their amazing and inspiring training concept.

 The good news is: not only THENOVA trainers can benefit from the knowhow of the professional artists. All the practical exercises, enriched with some recordings of the training sessions, are currently being written down and will form the heart of the theatre-based training program for company trainers, which will be then made freely accessible to wider audience.

NEWS / 24 MARCH 2021

Unlocking potentials in times of lockdown: THE NOVA kickoff meeting

On December 8, 2020 THE NOVA partners met for the virtual kickoff! 6 partner institutions from Austria, Germany, Greece and Poland who are passionate trainers and teachers and professional performers talked about how theater-based training could foster innovation spirit in small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe. The highlights of the meeting were, in fact, short performances, which were integrated into the discussions by our partner Bayenwerft Kunsthaus Rhenania e.V.  – a perfect illustration and foretaste of what is to come!

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