The cultural offerings for the very young are limited but no less qualitative: in recent years they have experienced a true increase in scale. However, this positive news brings with it a question: how do we view this young audience as cultural participants? Are the theater codes relevant at this age? Are we questioning these codes enough? What factors do creators take into account when creating for the very young? Can the young spectator participate in the performance, not in its conventional form, as a passive spectator, but as an active participant or co-owner?
This initial research is a preliminary study of the concept of co-ownership focused on the young child (2,5- to 4-year-olds). It will primarily focus on the question: when do we speak of co-ownership within the (performing) arts and how can we stimulate this with young children. Which views on co-ownership of the young child within the arts already exist in the academic/scientific, artistic and art educational field? What tools have already been developed to stimulate it and how does it differ from participation or interaction?