-Benjamin Nossik (10 years old)

This is a show to teach kids the alphabet or… is it? At first, you might think it’s just a simple show. Well, it’s not. Just as at Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre we do a lot of exercise that might look a bit weird but they are actually very good for you speech; this show develops kids’ imagination.

The show is starting with people flying out of windows and under doors, they are very afraid and they don’t know what is happening; so they are screaming and running around. This is letter “A”. Now it’s the letter “B”; it’s like a whole new world and completely new people and every time the letters change – it’s the same.

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

Then, I am inspired by a lot of different light strings. It somewhat reminds me of the birthday of the theatre. Now, they are “improvising” on the letter “I” and they are choosing two words. The words are “igloo” and “inspiration” and they are doing a dance.  I thought it was improvisation, but some of the dance moves were too complex for improv with so little time to prepare. Now it’s the last letter of the alphabet “Z”; but there is still a “Q” that was not used. The “Q” looks so lonely in it’s sad, corner.

 

I really enjoyed the show.    

 

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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