By: Maria Bilat (11 years old)
I saw 26 lettres à danser and I really liked it. This play made me think about a lot of things and a lot of those things associated with different times in my life. It made me remember some very special moments in my life and also remember all the adventures I had with all of my friends. Here are some of my main thoughts about this play:
I think that one of the big aspects about this play is that every letter is special. In the show, the actors go through the alphabet one letter after another, and for each letter they have a different dance. This shows that every letter is unique and none are the same. The other aspect is that each part is supposed to raise an association with something. Here are some of my associations:
I thought that a yellow sun associated with tennis, eternal flame, fire, paradise, beaches and burning sand. That gas associated with Mars, poisonous fog, darkness, a lonely lamppost, a misty forest and a graveyard. A glowing string with a dying heartbeat, someone’s pulse and DNA. A man with a glowing face associated with the Pixar lamp. A glow-in-the-dark skeleton made me think of a funny dance that me and my class danced. One of the dances made me think of a revolution, citizens’ riots, new beginnings and a new world.
Another made me think of a spaceship, of a lab, a hospital, of doctors, scientists, robots, janitors and how technology is taking over the world. I love the way that this play always made me think about so many things. I also like the way the actors communicated with the audience, and how humour was incorporated into the play.
I think this is an awesome play that is definitely worth seeing.
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.