Red Noses travelling with the Caravan Orchestra across Slovenia

16. 10. 2014

The Red Noses performing in the Caravan Orchestra show, dedicated to children with moderate to severe developmental disabilities, are continuing their journey across Slovenia. This autumn they are visiting children in the towns of Ig, Novo mesto , Strunjan, Vipava, Dobrna and Maribor. This is the first such program of its kind in Slovenia, supported by Lek, a Sandoz company.

The Caravan Orchestra is a musical theatre show, designed specifically for children with moderate to severe developmental disability. It was developed by the hospital clown-doctor organisation from the Netherlands (Stichting CliniClowns). The performance is based on a story about three musicians who leave the circus and wish to establish their own orchestra – so they search for musicians to join them. They find them among the audience. The action involves a musical, tactile and visual experience. The clowns pay attention to each individual child, which is the principle behind the clown-doctor’s work also in hospitals. In this way the children can unwind and experience the show according to their abilities, needs and wishes.

»The Red Noses have been visiting institutions for children with special needs for a long time. And so there was a desire to gain additional knowledge about how to work with children with developmental disabilities so that the children can derive maximum benefit from the clown doctors’ visits. The caravan Orchestra show is a response to this desire and we are glad to be yet again supported by our long-term partner Lek, a Sandoz company. A great deal of attention is paid to the preparation for the performance. The clowns learn about each participant in the performance, learn about his/her specifics – physical and psychological – in order to be able to approach him/her, reach out and create moments of personal connection,« explained Eva Š. Maurer, the artistic director of Red Noses.

Lek, a Sandoz company, has been supporting the Red Noses from the very beginning

»We immediately embraced the idea of the Caravan Orchestra as it is a welcome novelty for children with special needs in Slovenia. In 2014, the Caravan Orchestra is expected to visit 11 towns around Slovenia and delight more than 300 children and youth. This performance is an upgrade of our seven-year cooperation with the Red Noses,« said Katarina Klemenc, Head of Corporate Communication.

How to approach children with special needs

The Caravan Orchestra is one of the ways of how to approach children and youth with special needs. Special educator Dr Branka D. Jurišić, who worked as an associate professional in the process of creating the program in Slovenia, says: »It’s great when a performance comes to those children and youth who do not go out much, either to the theatre or any other events. Children with developmental disability are a particularly vulnerable group of children with special needs who need a lot of incentives and stimulation. In this performance, the incentives are such that they can reach each and every child. Some will be attracted by sounds, others by objects each with a distinctive feel and touch. Although there are a lot of stimuli, they are gentle, unobtrusive and as such they can draw the children’s attention and encourage them to take part in activities tailored to their needs. This is the greatest value of this show.«

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For additional information contact:
Katarina Klemenc
Corporate Communications
Lek Pharmaceuticals d. d.
Phone: +386 1 580 22 43
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