Bully Prevention: Through tableaux, movement and role-play students will explore the roles of the bully, the target and the bystander. Why do young people play one role rather than another? What is the impact of bullying? How can one person make a difference? Students will work with scenes from The Shape of a Girl by Joan MacLeod, Misha by Adam Pettle, and Wimp by Soren Skjold to explore their opinions and experiences with bullying and to grapple with the serious consequences of their actions. This workshop will leave students with an understanding of the power dynamics of bullying, recognition that everyone plays a role and strategies to confront situations as they arise.
The Moving Painting: In this project, students will examine and respond to great works of visual art including Renoir and the Impressionists, Munch and the Expressionists and Picasso and the Cubists. Through tableaux, role-play, coral soundscape and movement, students will mirror the creation process of the artists when engaging with their work. By engaging with visual art in a visceral and kinaesthetic way, students will develop a unique relationship to the work and build a framework with which to respond to visual art in the future.
Theme Theatre: Using drama, students will explore a social justice or global awareness issue. The teacher or artist will suggest a theme and the workshop will be tailor-made to suit the theme and teachers’ learning outcomes. The following workshop is an example of Theme Theatre:
“I enjoyed when we had to make up our own scene with a group of people. This showed us how it felt to be bullied by other people or how a situation is caused.”- Michael, Grade 7
The Cost of War: A dramatic exploration of fear, trauma, resistance and courage in the face of extreme conflict. What is it to be displaced? To be persecuted? To be attacked in one’s own home? What is it to live through a war? Using visual art, music and newspaper articles as a springboard for dramatic creation, students will respond to a diversity of perspectives of soldiers and civilians in times of war. Through role play, improvisation, tableaux, movement and writing in role, students will be challenged to bring their own opinions and imaginations to this workshop.
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