The better to hear you with, my dear!

Today we continued our work at KYC.  On our day off, we have taken the desire of the KYC participants to learn about play building and planned two sessions.   During our work today, those plans continued to change and adjust.

I had the opportunity to lead an exercise entitled, “Stop, Go, Clap, Jump.”  To anyone out there who has the opportunity to lead theatre games or exercises, this one is a keeper.  We started by walking about the room and following simple commands (i.e. stop, go, clap, jump).  The game takes a twist when the words start to take on different meanings.  Stop becomes go.  Clap becomes jump.  Go becomes stop.  Jump becomes clap.  The exercise is a fun way to get the brain working.

The KYC students shared an exercise with us today.  This exercise was a modification of rock, paper, scissors.  The participants are divided into two groups.  The groups decide on a sequence of actions (Rabbit, Archer and Wall).  Once decided the groups show their actions and see who the winner is.  My team “lost” but had an amazing time.

We began our session working with a slightly adapted version of Little Red Riding Hood.  Our initial goal was to break up into four groups and create the story in four scenes.  Each group would create one scene.  We would take a couple of days to explore a multitude of play building strategies.  At the conclusion of our work on Friday, we would share our scenes and discuss what strategies were used.  During the break we were invited to perform this work tomorrow with KYC at a local school.  We had to accept the invitation and so we kicked our devising into overdrive.

In a half-day session (we started at 8:30 and finished at 1), we created images for each scene; brought those images to life, showed the scenes we have created and put together an opening sequence.  This is the type of thing that KYC wanted.  It is an opportunity to focus our work on the participants’ desires and needs.  It can be quite scary putting a play together in what amounts to two half-day sessions.  But if you don’t put yourself in challenging or scary situations, how will you ever learn or grow?

This evening has been filled with preparation for tomorrow.  We have a bit of an earlier start (8 AM) and head to the school at 11.  I am excited to see the work that KYC performs at schools.  They will present their original piece that they tour to schools here in Rwanda.  I am also excited to then jump on the stage and show some work that we (KYC, KIE and CUNY) have created in an obscenely short amount of time.  What a way to end our work here in Rwanda!

This is Bennett wishing you peace and praxis.

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One Response to The better to hear you with, my dear!

  1. CarolSandiford says:

    Good to hear from you, my sweet nephew. What amazing experiences you and your colleagues are having! Having the opportunities to apply what you have been studying in such dramatic & ever-changing ways must be exciting & challenging all at the same time. And yes, these types of situations that push our boundaries do help us grow & change. I truly hope that the remaining time there will be fulfilling and joyful. I assume your darling Sheila & your parents have your return schedule–hope you are traveling home with some of the other students/faculty. Will look forward to hearing from you when you are back in New York, if not before. Safe travels!

    All my love,
    Aunt Carol

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