Space Rebel Princess

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Abstract

Building on Essex’s previous research into methods of engagement with live performance, Space Rebel Princess focuses on modes of interactivity and improvisation in child centred performance. Informed by the work of Viola Spolin into improvisation and loose structures in which children can solve problems in a creative, spontaneous and interactive manner, Space Rebel Princess was devised to offer children a participatory dance adventure. Claire Bigley, Creative Producer, says, “Space Rebel Princess is an interactive, playful and highly skilled physical performance for little ones and families. It’s rare to see a children’s show that combines storytelling, dance, participation, music and lots and lots of fun. This show gives children an opportunity to engage in a thoroughly creative 30 minute show. A delight!” Furthering Danish writer Beth Juncker’s research into the dichotomy between theatre which treats children as beings (artists and critics in their own rights) and becomings (the adults they will become), the work seeks to put children at its centre by drawing on children’s own approaches to making work, namely repetition and modification, elaboration, imitation, and imagery, to create a work which can appeal to the children’s own aesthetic visions and imaginations. The work was also informed by research done by National Dance Agency Dance4 into audience behaviours and how improvisation and interaction can be used to give the audience a sense of ownership. “Space Rebel Princess is a brilliant little show for children with a childlike playfulness at its heart. A lovely example of participatory performance that includes its audience simply and effectively to move the story along and leaves them with a visible sense of achievement. A great experience for those that took part and fabulously entertaining for those that watched. Genuinely playful genius.” Adrian Turrell-Watts, Producer at Fittings Multimedia Arts Inspired by the story of Helen Sharman, the first person from the UK to travel to space, the work seeks to illuminate females in the sciences as potential role models for young girls. Commissioned by Middlesbrough Council, the work is touring across the UK.
Performances:
2017:
IncludFest (Durham)
YoungFest (Liverpool)
Middlesbrough Library
TrAction Festival (Crewe)
Sandbach Festival of Transport
Fleetword Tram Sunday
2018:
Stockton International Riverside Festival
Greenbelt Festival (Kettering)
DN Festival (Doncaster)
Mouth of the Tyne Festival (Tynemouth)
Tamworth Library
2019:
Waterside Arts Centre (Trafford)
Festival of Thrift (Kirkleatham)
Microdot (HATCH Manchester)
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2017
EventGreenbelt Festival - Northants, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Aug 201825 Aug 2018
https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/artists/space-rebel-princess-presented-by-fully-booked-theatre/

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Bibliographical note

National tour including performances at: Young Fest at The Bluecoat, Sandbach Festival of Transport, Middlesbrough Library, TrAction Festival Crewe, Tram Sunday Fleetwood, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Mouth of the Tyne Festival, IncludFest, Greenbelt Festival, DN Festival, Microdot, Festival of Thrift, Waterside Arts Centre

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