In 2013 Marinella Senatore founded The School of Narrative Dance, focused on the idea of storytelling as an experience that can be explored choreographically, on nonhierarchical learning, self-training and the creation of an active citizenship through informal education. Nomadic and free of charge, the School takes different forms depending on the spaces it temporarily occupies, and proposes an alternative system of education, based on emancipation, inclusion, and self-cultivation. The School offers a wide range of classes in subjects such as literature, oral history, carpentry, art history, crafts, photography, arithmetic, drama, choreography, cinematic language, etc., encouraging individuals to share their skills or achieve new ones, building new groups and ideas of community. To date, the School‘s projects – produced by Institutions, Museums and Foundations – have been developed in several countries in Europe and US, with the involvement of political activists, scholars, artisans, illiterate people, students, housewives, musicians, writers, worker unions, retirees, teachers, feminist choirs and Alpines.
The work uses dance as a common language through which to celebrate the vernacular, amateur, and professionally trained gestures of the participants.