From January 20 to March 10, we were working at Marres on the Dreaming Awake Youth Project. Young people from various high schools and asylum seekers’ centers in Maastricht and the surrounding area met every Saturday to bring their own dream landscape to life with the help of professional artists, dancers, and musicians.
A new part of the final product – paintings of abstract and colorful dream landscapes, movements, and a soundtrack recording – is completed every Saturday. If the desert or the sea was one movement, what movement would it be? The different senses are stimulated in order to bring the imaginary landscape to life. At the end, everything came together as a “dreamscape” that the pupils can take to their own schools.
Dance project dreaming Awake
In the run-up to and during the exhibition Dreaming Awake, Marres organised a youth project. Young people from various secondary schools and asylum seekers’ centres in Maastricht and the surrounding area came together every Saturday to bring their own dream landscape to life with the help of professional artists, dancers and musicians.
This video shows how Jamie, a pupil at the Bonnefantencollege in Maastricht and Aya, who lives in the asylum seekers’ centre in Heerlen, created a dance together during one of the meetings. They were accompanied by professional dancer Amanda de Geus and depicted their dream world in dance.
This program has been made possible thanks to financial support from the Stichting Kannunik Salden Nieuwenhof, Sint Clemens Stichting, and Stichting WijDoenMee foundations.