In the last two weeks three Russian artists visited Denmark as part of the CICLO project. During their visit the three artist Nadia Meschankina-Awad, visual artist and educator at the Russian CICLO partner St. Petersburg city Palace of Youth Creativity (Anichkov Palace), Maria Schnyukova, actor and teacher in puppet theatre at St. Petersburg city Palace of Youth Creativity (Anichkov Palace), and Kirill Kuzmin, musician and conductor, have taught, performed and contributed to different CICLO projects across Denmark.
First of all the three artists visited the CICLO Schools in Vejle. Here they took part of the rehearsals for the schools final performance, and improvised with the children and their Danish CICLO artist Christian Schrøder and Pernille Bach. They also took part in the schools local final performance.
In Copenhagen the three Russians helped make the children’s cultural festival, Spring Festival, 14th – 19th may, a success. Kirill performed with the festivals storyteller, Nadia took part in artistic workshops where the children created artworks from trash and Maria showed the children how to make beautiful puppets. Along with the participating children and the South African artist Fabian Hartzenberg , they also created the beautiful and colorful entrance portal for the final CICLO event at DR Koncerthuset, from painted masks and puppets made of pipe cleansers and fabric.
Maria, Nadia and Kirill also visited the school Peder Lykke Skole in Copenhagen and the the cultural center for children, Børnekulturhus Ama’r, where they also teached in workshops.
The last part og their intinerary and the culmination of the visit was the big final CICLO eve3nt at DR Koncerthuset, where all the three artist participated. Nadia Meshankina-Awad taught a creative arts workshop for school classes where the children together created a tree by cutting, pasting, drawing, decorating and painting different things such as leaves, birds and butterflies, that all became part of the final artwork. Maria Schnyukova taught a puppet theatre workshop. Here the children got in touch with their creativity and were allowed to be physical. For the children had to do both acting excercises and create puppets out of fabrics and various props. Kirill performed on stage. He played songs and made a show with different sounds with the participating children.