Show your students how to make their mark on the stage with featured resources that explore stagecraft, playwriting, performance, and creative expression. Ignite their interest with Spark video segments profiling performance artists creating puppetry, improvisational theater, and intersecting sculpture and performance.
Shadowlight Production: Theater (Shadow Puppetry) Grades 6-13 | Video | Culture and Theater
In this Spark video follow puppet master Larry Reed as he and the Gamelan Sekar Jaya orchestra prepare for a performance. Wayang kulit, or Balinese shadow puppet theater, is a tradition that has been passed down through generations for more than 1,000 years. Mythic tales and archetypal characters are played out, blending high drama, improvisation and slapstick comedy.
Sha Sha Higby: Performance Art Grades 6-13 | Video | Art & Theater
In this Spark video get a glimpse of Sha Sha Higby's creative process, a process that has wandered through time, leaped over oceans and slowly grown by accretion. Each individual costume that is used in performance can take years to make and is informed by a lifetime of experience. The semi-abstract nature of Higby's costumes allows viewers to color the experience with their own imagination -- one might end up in a place far away that the artist herself may not have imagined. With her art, Higby has found her journey and achieved her escape
3 For All: Theater (Improvisational) Grades 6-13 | Video | Society & Theater
In this Spark video free fall with the improv group 3 For All as they hit the floor with no script, no format, no preconceptions, and no safety net. Students learn about the art of improvisational theater and its relationship to broader social themes.
Ledoh Salt Farm: Performance Art (Butoh) Grades 6-13 | Video | Dance & Theater
In this Spark video the dancers of the Salt Farm Butoh Dance Company and their artistic director Ledoh work on a new piece called "River of Sand," an exploration of Ledoh's birthplace, Burma. As participants in the HCA's resident artist program, the Salt Farm members have been working on the costuming, set design, lights and music and sharing the activities of their daily lives.