Presenting Challenge Alice on the Concept Swap – Dream Story Puppets

The Concept 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 tasks. This 12 months I’ve the chance to introduce myself, discuss Dream Story Puppets’ latest present, and contact upon non-compulsory companion workshops.



My title is Jacek Zuzanski. I dwell 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 converse with out notes, so in case I digress too far, please test the printed model of this speech you can find on the desk or on-line. You will see that 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 due to our artists who guarded our language and cultural identification. 


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 instructor. I directed at institutional, well-subsidized theaters and I developed my very own theater teams and tasks. I taught in increased training settings and created multitudes of packages for diverse 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 effectively with youngsters. 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 youngsters I labored with.


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


In 2018 I used to be granted everlasting U.S. resident standing and since then I’ve been capable of give attention to Dream Story Puppets tasks. Tax-wise, Dream Story Puppets is a sole proprietorship, however we’re centered on creative, 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 function 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 resolve on supplies from which to construct puppets and different performing objects; we likewise develop a selected model for the manufacturing.


This previous summer season 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 lady 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 a couple of classical and different extra experimental puppets which we name tabletop figures. The puppeteers are visibly concerned as a result of how the story is introduced is as significant as what the story is about. This interaction between “how” and “what” along with the poetic of youngsters’s make-believe invitations the viewers to co-create that means from this nonsensical world.  We imagine this will likely be a joyful and attention-grabbing theatrical expertise for households that may encourage creativeness and awaken curiosity with inventive but additionally essential considering.


The present stands alone or might 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 steer older teams into parts of pantomime, theatre anthropology as studied by Eugenio Barba, bodily performing, performing with puppets, and easy puppet constructing.  We’ll 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 sooner or later upfront. The perfect viewers dimension is as much as 200; the present is for anybody age 5 and older. We might want to find out about 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 data. In case you are , we’ve got a video recording of a rehearsal accessible.


This previous summer season we carried out it at three Massachusetts libraries: Littleton, Carver, and Mansfield. We will likely 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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