Exciting happenings in expressive arts:
"Our future always depends on the state of our imaginations. Drama becomes more important as the world changes...That is because theatre is the place where reality is made real. The plays young people write, act and watch are blueprints of the world they will have to live in." -- Edward Bond, playwright
This year Clare Hammoor will be devising a piece with a group of Blue School students in partnership with the Gibney Dance Studio. In addition to imagining, devising and presenting, the performers will be using clown methodology to experience and track empathy as they document their work and process. In Clare’s words: “Join an ensemble-driven cast and crew as we collaborate to devise a new, old-school show featuring classically inspired and original bits, dances, characters, and acts. With empathy and physicality at the heart of this project, we will employ a professional standard of care and commitment to build a new performance from the hearts and minds of Blue School students.” Auditions are happening now, and after school rehearsals will take place through the fall; we hope many children in grades 3rd through 6th will be interested in participating.
This morning, Anne Cohen hosted Professor Ronald Carter for a Jazz Clinic with our 5th graders. After attending a four-day workshop this summer for the teaching of jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Anne has embarked on a quest to bring jazz into the Blue School music program. Our 5th graders received a lot of wisdom from Professor Carter this morning, from the right way to hold the flute (“chicken wing”) to the difference between "daaa daaaa" and "doooDat." See pictures below!