Presenting Mission 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 tasks. This 12 months I’ll introduce myself; discuss Dream Story Puppets’ latest present and workshops that along with the present may type a brief or longer residency. The textual content beneath outlines the supposed content material.



My identify is Jacek Zuzanski. I got here from 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 examine the printed model of this speech one can find 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 thanks additionally to our artists who guarded our language and cultural identification. 


I grew up in a communist, catholic nation, the place I studied theater, appearing, mime, puppetry, and artwork. After ending theatre college I discovered myself in a fast-changing transition to democracy. Making an attempt to determine who I used to be and tips on how to discover myself in shifting actuality grew to become a formative a part of my rising and maturing course of. After graduating I labored as an actor, director, designer, builder, and trainer. 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 appearing and theatre and for 18 years was supported by my visa sponsors. My English was poor and really humorous, however I used to be educated in nonverbal communication and I labored with youngsters. I’ve been like a toddler, slowly increasing my communication abilities, and sense who I’m supported on this course of by co-workers, mates, and a whole bunch of kids I labored with.


Dream Story Puppets was born from a sequence of quick, 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 went on touring. I taught, directed, designed, painted, and constructed puppets and displays 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 in a position to concentrate on Dream Story Puppets tasks. Legally, 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 for every venture, we select, develop and use particular for the venture methods and artistic practices. We begin both from a draft of the play or select to work with different literary supplies, or matters. We determine on supplies to construct puppets and different performing objects from and we develop particular for the manufacturing fashion of theater and puppetry.


This 12 months in the summertime we premiered our most up-to-date manufacturing: “Alice, or the Purple King’s Dream”. We used characters and motifs from Lewis Carroll’s tales about Alice to inform our story a few 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 offered us with the bottom for our personal explorations into the language of theatre and puppetry and gave us a secure platform to discover co-creative approaches and to confirm our preliminary assumptions via observe.


I constructed for this present, just a few classical glove and rod puppets, and different extra experimental which we name tabletop figures. Puppeteers are seen as a result of how the story is introduced is as necessary as what the story is about. This hole between “what” and “how” along with partly uncovered theatrical technicality and dream like narration invitations the viewers to take part in decoding the story. The poetic of kids’s make-believe play prompts the viewers to co-create which means from this partly nonsensical actuality. We consider this will probably be a joyful and fascinating theatrical expertise for households. We hope it’ll encourage creativeness and awaken curiosity with artistic but additionally essential pondering.


Shows of our earlier productions usually are adopted by playful conferences with actors, puppets, and different performing objects we use. We worth expertise and consider in its developmental and transformative advantages particularly when it’s paired with by explorations and studying that includes all senses and the physique as a lot as thoughts. The present could possibly be accompanied by workshops in appearing, appearing with puppets, puppets constructing, and creating scenes. This could possibly be easy for youthful contributors, or we’re prepared to guide older teams into components of pantomime, theatre anthropology as studied by Eugenio Barba, bodily appearing, appearing with puppets, and easy puppet constructing. After all, we are able to simply carry within the present alone.


The present was created for 2 actors and is transitioning to 3 actors. We want 4 hours to arrange. The present is an hour lengthy. Three hours for clearing. If we have to drive over two hours, it might make sense to arrange at some point prematurely. One of the best viewers measurement is as much as 2 hundred. We might want to find out about viewers placement within the venue. The viewers mustn’t rise too steeply. Spectators sitting within the final row mustn’t see behind the desk positioned on the stage.


Please examine our web site for extra info. In case you are , we’ve got a video recording of the rehearsal out there.


This previous summer time we carried out it at three libraries; in Littleton, Carver, and Mansfield. We will probably be prepared to begin performing once more in June.


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


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