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March 9, 2021
The Polish Theater Institute in New York has launched a sequence of theater workshops for youngsters entitled “Introduction to Puppet Theater,” which is run on-line by Jacek Zuzański—actor, puppeteer, director, screenwriter, set designer, and instructor of theater and appearing.
Jacek Zuzański talks concerning the workshops.
What are the workshops like?
The workshops and their content material are developed as we go. We've got a number of assumptions that information us. I'll introduce youngsters to a number of kinds of puppets and methods of appearing with them. I'm going to indicate some puppets from my performances and former workshops, and the kids will construct their very own quite simple puppets. We are going to strive other ways of creating stage characters and making theater. On the first assembly we began with puppets of a paper toy theater and improvisations primarily based on the legend of the Prince Popiel. This a part of the workshop attracts on the strategies of the Academy of Creativeness Theater from Wrocław, which I used when I co-led the Workshop of the Paper Toy Theater of Legends of the Kłodzko Land in six cities of the Kłodzko District in 2017. https://dreamtalepuppets.com/workshops-in-paper-toy-theaters-of-legends-of-the-land-of-kłodzko/.
Kids meet with me, however they're additionally prepared to organize for courses and proceed inventive play on their very own after every assembly. We should not have a imaginative and prescient of attaining any particular aim. The aim is expertise and the enjoyment of making. Every participant works with their very own skills and inspirations. I'll suggest video games and duties and can introduce strategies and ideas, and the kids will reply with their actions, improvisations, and works. It may be mentioned that the workshops are additionally a check of how dwell courses can discover themselves on-line and the way the net format can encourage new methods of working.
How can a baby develop due to your workshops?
My position is nearer to a coach or director than a instructor. The contributors are my companions on this challenge. I present the strategies and suggest duties, the kids reply, and I prepared the ground, additionally responding to the contributors’ proposals. Theater courses are additionally courses on co-creation. Individuals develop their particular person expertise and inventive skills but additionally be taught cooperation and communication. Since this occurs in response to particular duties that resemble play moderately than faculty actions, this growth occurs on the stage of increasing information as a lot as on the stage of creating creativeness and corporal expertise, a studying that includes the entire physique and develops guide and motor expertise in addition to motor-sensory coordination.
The place did the thought come from?
This query could be answered each typically and intimately. On the whole, the workshops are a part of what I do, a part of the theater program that I run, and much more typically, a part of the theater apply and tradition.
In Poland, there are theater courses in colleges and plenty of various kinds of extracurricular theater packages. In the USA, I see plenty of theater in colleges. In Massachusetts, the place I dwell, faculty theater productions are the norm. For so long as I can bear in mind, my very own theater experiences had been associated to workshops and theater training. Throughout highschool, I studied pantomime at an after-school program; then, I used to be an intern on the Wrocław Pantomime Theater, the place coaching was a day by day apply of many hours. No one known as these courses workshops, nevertheless it was a coaching of the essential expertise of the actor—mime.
The time period “workshops” started to realize which means for me when collaborating in theater festivals, the place collaborating artists typically supplied brief coaching classes. The which means of the time period and the worth of the practices it contained deepened for me throughout workshops supplied by theaters (primarily Grotowski’s Laboratory and Odin Teatret) that, like Tomaszewski’s Pantomime Theater, developed their very own methods of working, coaching strategies, strategies of constructing a present, and kinds of appearing expression. These theaters, in contrast to classical repertory theaters, didn't “stage” performs; they didn't depend on dramatic literature. The performances had been developed in a inventive course of during which the actors created a piece along with the director, scene after scene, utilizing strategies they developed themselves: improvising in varied methods, drawing inspiration from texts and different supplies, and counting on mastered, but additionally attribute for these ensembles, appearing strategies.
In my profession, I've directed performances primarily based on dramatic texts, typically my very own diversifications of fiction, in addition to created performances along with actors, the place the efficiency was the fruits of a inventive expertise primarily based on varied supplies, inspiration, and appearing strategies. The latter technique of labor was and nonetheless is very helpful for me when working with younger folks and youngsters, the place expertise and the inventive course of are extra essential than displaying a beforehand written textual content. Even after I work with youngsters on the idea of a dramatic textual content, it's normally written, tailored, or co-written by me and infrequently modified throughout rehearsals. The workshops that I run could be productions, however they can be coaching classes or courses dedicated to sure subjects, points, and expertise of an actor, puppeteer, or theater creator.
In Dream Story Puppets, the theater I run, every new manufacturing can be a particular expertise, exploring or involving chosen methods of working, kinds of puppets or different performing objects, and area association. The ensemble develops a technique of labor particular to this expertise and creates expressive language particular to the manufacturing and the type of the efficiency. It's comparable with workshops. These tasks are additionally typically tailor-made to my curiosity on the time and the pursuits of the hosts, presenters, and contributors.
When answering the query of the place the thought for this specific workshop got here from, which Iza Laskowska from the Polish Theater Institute invited me to conduct, I need to prolong my due to her, as a result of it was she, the top of the institute, who proposed to prepare the workshops on-line. I'm very pleased. For the final yr, I haven’t carried out any workshops for the plain motive. My ensemble doesn’t meet with the viewers. We moved our rehearsals to the web. The chance of assembly and dealing on-line with youngsters within the theatrical expertise is great.