The Arts play a key role in the education of all children, supporting their social and intellectual development, stimulating their imagination and giving them new tools to analyze the world around them.
CORPUS has a long-standing relationship with Prologue to the Performing Arts, MASC and ArtStarts, three Canadian arts education organizations committed to bringing diverse performing arts experiences to schools. In collaboration with these organizations, CORPUS has presented over 300 performances in elementary and secondary schools across Ontario and British Columbia.
CORPUS’ performances in schools challenge and broaden the views of students on the definition of contemporary dance, and the arts in general. During question and answer periods, which always follow a school performance, students are introduced to the concept of creation in the context of the performing arts.
CORPUS' outreach to young people is not limited to schools: for the past years, CORPUS initiated and took part in unique projects for young people:
In 2006, CORPUS was commissioned by the Canada Dance Festival to form a large flock of human sheep with dance students from École de la Salle in Ottawa. The dance students were trained and later paired with CORPUS' professional performers. Together, they performed an extended version of Les moutons at The Experimental Farm in the nation's capital.
Since 2006, many presenters of children's festivals have programmed CORPUS including the Kijimuna Festa in Okinawa JAPAN, the International Children's Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., and the Awesome Festival in Perth, Australia, to name a few.
Finally, CORPUS participates on a regular basis in school showcases and conferences such as the Penticton Children Showcase in BC, and the CODE Conference in Toronto.
From a whimsical story told through the innocence of the clown and the grace of dance, to the hilarity of an expertly choreographed squadron of flyers training on an imaginary air field, CORPUS has entertained, educated, and enriched the lives of young people everywhere, to rave reviews.