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7th February, 2022

ResearchWorks: Rethinking social impact: A capabilities approach to opera co-creation

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7th February, 2022
18:00 -

Speaker: Francois Matarosso

Traction is an EU funded research project researching how opera co-creation, assisted by innovative digital technology can increase social inclusion. It involves three new community opera productions: in the Raval district of Barcelona, in a Portuguese youth prison, and through VR in rural Ireland. The diversity of the trials has enabled the partners to explore areas of common ground in co-creation, and rethink the reasons behind socially-engaged arts practice. Adapting the capabilities approach theorised by Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum and others, Traction proposes a human rights rationale for this work, and a new framework for evaluating art programmes with social objectives.

This talk, by François Matarasso, will outline the community opera work happening through Traction and explain the innovative aspects of the approach taken, and its implication for community music and arts policy.

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