By: Anna Roiter (11 years old)

This was a really enjoyable show for all ages. At first, when the actors were enthusiastically interacting with the audience, I felt like it was going to be a child show from 4-8. I still wanted to encourage the actors so I answered their questions and had fun. When they showed us specific movements, I got excited because that means that we get to participate in the show!

I was really surprised when the actual show started, because it wasn’t as childish as I thought it was. They started doing flowing dances which gave me association with the wind and water. Finally they formed a letter “A” which actually made me think of Adam and Eve, because the two people forming the “A” were a boy and a girl. Since the letter “A” is in the beginning of the alphabet, it made me think of the beginning of time.

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Photograph taken from nac-cna.ca; Photography by Rolline Laporte

Each time they moved on to a different letter, there was a different scene. Each scene gave me odd associations that I have a hard time describing. I really found the show interesting, but what REALLY caught my eye was the scene where the lady had a big dress on and it looked like she was controlling magnifying letters! I really loved this scene because of its inaccuracy. It leaves you with so many questions and it forces you to think.

I noticed that all of the scenes included the things we usually do in theatre classes: Dance, dialog, shadow theatre, and comedy. This will help us learn, compare, and inspire for future shows and classes.

These are all my thoughts on this incredible show. The way it talks to me, gives me thoughts, and inspires me. I think the actors should be proud, because it really touched me.

26 lettres à danser 

A Bouge de là production

Conceived, Directed, and Co-Choreographed by Hélène Langevin

February 11-12, 2017


Instructor’s Note from Ekaterina Vetrova of Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre Company: “Instead of giving the class lots of theory this time around, I gave them an hour class right before the show which consisted of practical exercises or associations and included verbal, physical movement, rhythm, and acting exercises. The point was to make the students’ imaginations work so that they could start to recognize images and, in response, come up with new associations, images, thoughts, memories, and fantasies provoked by certain words and/or movements in the show. The result was a very engaging and energetic class where all the students participated super actively. Then we watched the show, had a discussion afterwards, and then the students went home and were instructed to write a ‘creative review’ that had to reflect in some way the associations and images that came to their heads while watching the performance. I am very happy with the result and for many of them it is currently their best written critical work so far!”

See more work from the students of O.U.K. Theatre here.

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