The tradition of the International Summer course of Encounter dates back to 1996 when it took place for the first time in Czech town Slavonice. It became a popular event for the summer encounters of music and dance pedagogues from Central and Eastern European countries since the beginning.
In past years the course was organized by several European countries as Ukraine (2019), Hungary (2018) and Slovakia (2017). And it is coming back again in the Czech Republic in 2020. Yearly changing of topics builds the bridge between Elemental Music and Dance Education and the Arts. This time the course focuses on the music and dancing inspired by folk tradition, culture, and wine tradition. These values have always been the vivid qualities of the region and have been providing a unique spirit of the place till nowadays. Teachers with special emphasis on the Orff-Pedagogy will create exciting opportunities to put these topics in an elemental and holistic context and demonstrate a different experience-oriented playful way for its mediation throughout all age groups.
The topic „Traditional ways & New visions“ is inspired by connecting by the interconnection of proven paths and new visions in the spirit of Orff Schulwerk's ideas. Based on his so-called “classics”, the participants are introduced to new didactic models emphasizing the creative expression of thoughts, experiences and emotions by music, movement and word. The course introduces the tradition of folk music and dance as well as the tradition of dance and music in the context of world history and contemporary art. The famous wine region of Mikulov is located near four countries and historically it was an important commercial crossroad. By the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, this tradition was renewed and Mikulov became a meeting place for many nations. From this point of view, Mikulov is an ideal inspiration for shaping new visions of the European community, strengthening education for multiculturalism and building a cultural subconscious of each of us. In 2020 we celebrate the 125th anniversary of birth of Carl Orff (1895 – 1982), 70 years of the first workbook of Orff Schulwerk „Musik für Kinder I-V“ (Orff, Keetmann, 1950 – 1954) and additionally 51 years after the birth of its application in the Czech environment – „Czech Orff Schulwerk I-IV“ (Hurník, Eben, Jurkovič, 1969 - 1996).
The accompanying cultural program of the course consists of Moravian and Austrian folk music. Each day begins with a joint warm-up, after which the participants are divided into three working groups. In the afternoon we offer studios, project work or a trip to the well-known Lednice-Valtice area for an additional fee. The evening ends together again. Lovers of evening entertainment will appreciate the hospitable atmosphere of family wine cellars.
Course coordinator: Jitka Kopřivová
Course organisation: Jan Lála, Kateřina Dvorská, Lenka Pospíšilová
Course founders: Coloman Kallós, Hana Weihs (Kallós)
This International Master Class Course of Encounter 2020 is carried out in cooperation with the Czech Orff Society, Mikulov Castle, and Tamburína s.r.o. The course is supported by Carl Orff Foundation
You can find the pre-updated schedule here: schedule