Presenting Challenge Alice on the Thought Swap – Dream Story Puppets






The Thought Swap is the New England Basis for the Arts’ annual occasion for New England-based nonprofit cultural organizations and touring artists to community and share concepts for touring initiatives. This yr I’ve the chance to introduce myself, discuss Dream Story Puppets’ latest present, and contact upon non-obligatory companion workshops.



My identify is Jacek Zuzanski. I reside on Cape Cod, the land of Wampanoag. English is my second language and I realized it late in life, however I’m going to attempt to communicate with out notes, so in case I digress too far, please test the printed model of this speech you will see on the desk or on-line. You can find the RQ code on the reverse of my enterprise card additionally on the desk.


Twenty-two years in the past I arrived on Cape Cod from my native Poland, the land of Poles who had been colonized for 100 twenty-three years. Just like the Wampanoag, we survived because of our artists who guarded our language and cultural id. 


I grew up in a communist, catholic nation, the place I studied theater, performing, mime, puppetry, and artwork. After ending theatre faculty I discovered myself in a fast-paced transition to democracy the place making an attempt to determine who I used to be turned a formative a part of my rising and maturing course of. After graduating I labored as an actor, director, designer, puppet builder, and trainer. I directed at institutional, well-subsidized theaters and I developed my very own theater teams and initiatives. I taught in greater training settings and created multitudes of applications for various age teams.


I got here to the Cape to show performing and theatre and for 18 years was supported by my visa sponsors. My English was poor and really humorous, however I used to be skilled in nonverbal communication and I labored nicely with kids. I’ve been like a baby, slowly increasing my language abilities, supported on this course of by co-workers, buddies, and a whole bunch of kids I labored with.


Dream Story Puppets was born from a sequence of brief, partly improvised puppet reveals that I created with a pal on the Cape Cod Kids’s Museum. The theatre got here to being when two of those reveals started touring. I taught, directed, designed, painted, and constructed puppets and reveals for my visa sponsors they usually supported the additional improvement of Dream Story Puppets.


In 2018 I used to be granted everlasting U.S. resident standing and since then I’ve been in a position to deal with Dream Story Puppets initiatives. Tax-wise, Dream Story Puppets is a sole proprietorship, however we’re centered on inventive, noncommercial work. As one who grew up in a tradition the place the aim of artwork was to avoid wasting the nation, I carry a mission-oriented understanding of the position of artwork.


In Dream Story Puppets we select, develop and use particular strategies and inventive practices for every challenge. We begin both from a draft of a play or select to work with different literary supplies or matters. We determine on supplies from which to construct puppets and different performing objects; we likewise develop a particular fashion for the manufacturing.


This previous summer time we premiered “Alice, or the Crimson King’s Dream.” We used characters and motifs from Lewis Carroll’s tales about Alice to inform our story a couple of woman who’s making an attempt to determine who she is.


Work on this present has been my very own and Dream Story Puppets’ successive inquiry into our identities. Carroll’s nonsensical worlds supplied us with the bottom for our personal explorations into the language of theatre and puppetry and gave us a protected platform to discover co-creative approaches.


For this present I constructed just a few classical and different extra experimental puppets which we name tabletop figures. The puppeteers are visibly concerned as a result of how the story is offered is as significant as what the story is about. This interaction between “how” and “what” along with the poetic of kids’s make-believe invitations the viewers to co-create which means from this nonsensical world.  We imagine this can be a joyful and attention-grabbing theatrical expertise for households that may encourage creativeness and awaken curiosity with inventive but in addition crucial considering.


The present stands alone or will be paired with workshops in performing, performing with puppets, puppets constructing, and growing scenes. This might be a easy challenge for youthful individuals; we’re additionally prepared to guide older teams into parts of pantomime, theatre anthropology as studied by Eugenio Barba, bodily performing, performing with puppets, and easy puppet constructing.  We are going to work with you to develop a program to suit your wants, whether or not it lasts two days or two weeks.


The present was created for 2 actors and is transitioning to a few actors. We want 4 hours to arrange, three hours for clearing. The present is an hour lengthy. If we have to drive over two hours, it might make sense to arrange at some point upfront. The very best viewers dimension is as much as 200; the present is for anybody age 5 and older. We might want to study viewers placement within the venue. The seating mustn’t rise too steeply. Spectators sitting within the final row mustn’t see behind the desk positioned on the stage.


Please test our web site for extra info. If you’re , we’ve got a video recording of a rehearsal obtainable.


This previous summer time we carried out it at three Massachusetts libraries: Littleton, Carver, and Mansfield. We can be prepared to start out performing once more in June 2023.


The usual price is $1,300 plus transportation and lodging when wanted. Workshop charges are to be decided.

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