By Anna Nossik (10 years old)

This is a beautiful show, which at first looks like it’s just a thing to help little kids learn the letters, but there’s more to it… This play resembles a lot the exercises that we do in Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre. It also makes your mind wonder and it’s fun to make associations with your experiences, movies that you have watched, books that you have read and stories you have been told.

This play reminds me of [our past productions at O.U.K], Legend of Parvana Lake and Chronos Ville, because you need to think and you don’t always see everything immediately.

When I was watching 26 lettres à danser it reminded me of when I was younger.  At the start, the four actors appear and disappear under the curtain; it makes me think of anxiety and drowning. For the A they are screaming – I like horror movies and that’s the first thing it made me think about. When they are chasing the balloon, which is the letter B, it’s like me and my brother Ben every day, always chasing that balloon (or anything worth chasing after, I guess 😊).

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

All the colors really make it fun and add a shade of happiness.

For the letters U and V, the actors first have a janitor scene where they erase all the letters that they already used. Then they walk off stage as broken robots – it really has an interesting vibe to it. And then they have smoke bombs!!! The Y reminds me of a very long and boring documentary about underwater life that I watched. In the end, there is the Q left and they don’t do anything for it!!! They are excluding the Q! Do they do it on purpose, maybe they had technical problems or they couldn’t find words for it or…ugh.. I don’t know… anyway they sure did leave everyone guessing.               

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 Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre here.                                                                 

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