ESCAPE (Encouraging the use of SCenic Arts in Prisoners’ Education) is managed by a transnational partnership consisting of:

  • Nuovo Comitato il Nobel per i Disabili (leader based in Gubbio, I), founded by Franca Rame and Dario Fo: comitatonobeldisabili.it.
  • CEPER “Afonso Muriel” (Seville, E), Adult Education Centre in the Penitentiary Centre of Seville.
  • Portuguese Theatre Company ASTA(leader in Covilhã, P): aasta.info;
  • Associazione Nuovi Linguaggi (Loreto, I): nuovilinguaggi.net.

In addition to these associations, the following bodies collaborate on the project:

  • Penitentiary of Pesaro (I);
  • Penitentiary of Siviglia (E);
  • Penitentiary of Covilhã (P);
  • AENIGMA – Aenigma University Citizen Cultural Association (Urbino, I):teatroaenigma.it;
  • ASEDEM– Spanish Association of Emotional Education (Sevilla – E): asociacionasedem.org;
  • AIM – Association of Intercultural Mediators (Cluj-Napoca – RO): aimromania.eu.

ESCAPE’s macro-goal is to maximize the use and impact of performing arts in educational strategies and practices within prison systems.

ESCAPE does not intend (or at least does not intend only…) to use an artistic discipline for an educational purpose, but aims to offer toolsto educators in charge of any learning program / study plan / curriculum to be able to rely, in a systemized form, on artistic tools and methods methods in order to:

  • support and integrate the methodologies of their specific teaching,
  • promote new relational methods in the educational field,
  • foster attention and motivation of learners.

Over two and a half years, a team of researchers will work in Pesaro (I), Seville (ES) and Covilhã (P) penitentiaries to develop and test curricula and guidelines for the use of theatre, music and dance with special training activities aimed at educators and students in detention in support of educational processes in European prisons.

With this we want to offer references, examples … to give a glimpse of the possibilities and potential that can raise awareness and stimulate other operators and organizations to make performing arts an essential element in their practices and educational systems.

The central idea is to create pilot courses for each of the three penitentiaries involved, each of which uses the three performing arts indicated. The results of all the experience gained in a European framework will be reported in the intellectual outputs so that they can be taken as a systemic reference both within and outside of the partnership.