Creative Inclusive Charity Laboratory
February 22-28 2016
The Railwaymen’s Central House of Culture (Центральный дом культуры железнодорожников)

 The International Festival of Contemporary Art "Territoria", with the support of the British Council, will hold a creative laboratory entitled "Creating freedom" as a part of its educational programme. The laboratory will be run by the British actor, director, teacher, and resident of two major London theatres – the Old Vic Theatre and the Royal National Theatre - Alex Dower.

Among the 40 children and young people participating will be students of the Social and Rehabilitation Centre "Otradnoye" that treats those with disorders such as cerebral palsy, and  wards of the Support Fund for the deafblind "Soedinenie", with hearing and visual deficiencies.  This will all be supported by professional actors and directors with previous experience in the field of inclusive theatre.

The result of the laboratory will be a theatrical show and concert, which will be attended by the members of the Creative Board of "Territoria".

Alex Dower

The British actor, director and teacher is also the creator of special theatre programmes for those with disabilities, which speed up their recovery process. His work is known throughout the UK and among international experts in the field of psychotherapy, as well as doctors and employees of social institutions.  Alex Dower believes in the therapeutic power of the theatre and its facility to develop the practical, psychological and social skills important to recovery and social rehabilitation.

 In 2009, as part of the "Territoria" Festival Alex Dower and Kirill Serebrennikov produced a performance with prisoners of the Perm labour camp, based on three short stories.  This project aroused great interest among the festival participants and the media and had a beneficial impact on the future of many prisoners.