Jane Hackett, Sadlers Wells Theatre LondonParticipationSymposium Kulturvermittlung // Arts Education9.-12.5. 2013 A – St. Pöltenwww.kulturvermittlung.netFive Ways to WellbeingConnect: With people around: building connections supports and enrichespeople’s livesBe Active: Exercising lowers anxiety and reduces depressionTake Notice: Be curious and remarking on the unusual followed byreflection helps people to appreciatewhat matters to themKeep Learning: Being set a challenge, learning something new encouragesconfidence in people as well asbeing funGive: Neuroscience shows that social cooperation is intrinsically rewardingand increases a sense ofpurpose in communityNew Economic Foundation’s ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, Published 2008.
The experience gained and the methodology developed by the CreativeLearning department couldbe transferred to other contexts in the UK and internationally. There isconsiderable potential for others to benefit from the experience of theproducing team.The evidence from the evaluation demonstrated:• Participants’ wellbeing was increased as a result of the project – they feltmore open to trying new things, confident in themselves, physically better,felt they had acquired new skills and a commitment to a group. Thismapped directly onto the wellbeing agenda of Connect, Be Active, TakeNotice, Keep Learning and Give.• Participants felt real ownership and pride in the production – bothpersonally and as a group. They recognized and appreciated that their ideashad been fed into the creative process. They trusted that they were part ofsomething worth sharing with a wider audience;• The strong internal communication between different choreographicgroups, the different creative artists and project management coupled withopportunities for sharing work in progress meant the performance feltmore ‘flowing’ – the thematic strands were clearly visible• Compass provided unique opportunities for artist development for thecreative team, particularly the choreographers and musicians. Theengagement with such diverse groups provided a challenge with extensiverefining of working practice during rehearsal. Artists found ways to developtheir existing knowledge and choreographic approach to take on thecreative ideas of the participants