„Tell me, Peru“

German as second Language-Dance Teatre – Pilot Project 2022

Innovative Format for Language Development with creative Methods

In an on-hour dance theatre performance conceived in just four days, 40 youths from partner schools of the Goethe-Institut in Lima presented their perspectives on their home countries to an enthusiastic audience. From August 1 to 4, 2022 the on-site stage of the pilot project „Tell me, Peru“ („Erzähle mir, Peru“) took place at the Goethe-Institut Lima. One week before students of the German language, aged 12 to 18 years, had been introduced to the subject in two one-hour online meetings. Afterwards, they collected their ideas, films and music on a padlet, establishing the the working basis for the team of trainers.

The choreographies were developed by the Munich-based community dance expert Josef Eder, together with two dancers from the ‘Ballet San Marcos Lima‘ and the youths. They were by theatre scenes staged by Stephan Reischl. They focused the particularities, beauties, but also the present-day challenges of the country: corruptuon, crime, violence against women, opression of minorities – very personal and moving insights brought to stage by the youths themselves.

For 2023 it is planned to continue projects in the format of „Tell me, …“ in other countries and regions. A customised VR online platform is currently developed to document and present the projects‘ results.