This paper aims to describe the different stages of the artistic project SOUND=SPACE Opera, held at Casa da M ú sica, Porto, Portugal and presented during the festival Ao Alcance de Todos (Accessible to All) during 15-19 April, 2008. A series of creative workshops using an interactive musical environment, created by Rolf Gehlhaar in 1984, were run for several weeks with a group of six adolescents with special needs, mainly suffering from Down Syndrome. The translation of their day-by-day experiences into sounds and movements resulted in two final performances which were the public surface of a very empowering and rewarding process that intended to improve the quality of life of those who participated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011


  • Cooperation
  • Daily life experiences
  • Interaction
  • Musical topologies
  • Participation
  • Perceptive embodied awareness
  • Taking ownership


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