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Phone:          305-899-5044
Fax:             305-899-5044+9
Email:           powerofperformance@yahoo.com

Services Available: Single Student Workshop, Single Teachers’ Workshop, Single Performance, Series or Residency

 

Description of Services

MIMEPOWER: Expanding Imagination and Communication
Mime is the telling of story through the art of gesture, using only body movement. This unique art form has crafted a universal language speaks to all cultures. Students learn how to make the invisible become visible by creating illusions using only their bodies, no props or spoken word. MimePower stimulates imagination and develops kinesthetic awareness, while expanding language skills. It capitalizes on children's natural urge to pretend for developing language skills, creative thinking, cooperation and physical coordination. Mime, a stylized form of body language, becomes the vehicle for expressing ideas and feelings. Students and educators discover the power of body gesture for building reading and writing, verbal and non-verbal communication skills. This rare and dynamic art form evokes laughter and fun while engaging reflective and critical thinking for identifying elements of story (conflict, characters, selling), sequencing events and interpretation of text and performance. Students enjoy expressing their own stories as well as using mime to portray ideas from other literary works. MimePower is available as a workshop or lecture/demonstration which includes history and composition.

Educational Goals:

  • To communicate ideas and feelings through movement (body gesture)
  • To develop body awareness, alignment, coordination, and control
  • To perform the basic techniques of classical mime language (i.e. separations, isolations, stillness, impulse, and suspension)
  • To perform simple mime illusions of objects and environments
  • To compose and perform a mime story

Methods Used apply discovery-learning across multi-intelligent domains:

  • Demonstration
  • Charts / Lists
  • Practicing
  • Observation
  • Reading
  • Story Writing
  • Worksheets
  • Brainstorming
  • Summarizing
  • Games
  • Sequencing
  • Inquiry and Discussion
  • Team Work – Collaborating
  • Taking part in performance

A process of discovery leaning uses demonstration, discussion, performing movement techniques, reading and story writing give students skills and understanding of 1) the main idea of story, 2) development of plot and 3) recognizing cause-effect relationships in written text for mime performance. Practicing mime techniques focuses on thinking creatively, while solving problems, using sequencing and analysis, and building confidence. Scripted and original stories are used for performing mime playlets.

The students will effectively:

  • Demonstrate simple mime illusions and drama techniques for portraying actions (action gesture) and emotions (attitude gesture).
  • Have working knowledge of basic mime theatre vocabulary.
  • Use movement to portray qualities of character.
  • Identify and use elements of story in a performance piece:
      
    main idea, plot (conflict/resolution), sequence of events (beginning, middle, end), cause/effect relationships
  • Collaborate with peers in creating, rehearsing and presenting a storymime

Assessment Methods:

  • Pre/Post Questionnaire
  • Student Feedback Form
  • Observation
  • Peer Feedback 

Grade Level:

6-12th

Number of Participants:

Min. 10 - Max. 16

Duration:

1-32 workshops at 2 hours per workshop over 1-16 weeks

Audience/Environment:

All languages, substance abuse recovery; seniors, community-based, school-based, afterschool, summer.

Standards:

LA.6.1.6, LA.6.3.1, LA.6.4.1, LA.7.1.6, LA.7.3.1, LA.7.4.1, LA.8.3.1, LA.8.4.1, LA.910.1.6, LA.910.3.1, LA.910.3.1, LA.910.4.1, TH.A.1.3, TH.A.2.3, TH.A.3.3, TH.B.1.3, TH.A.1.4, TH.A.2.4, TH.A.3.4, TH.B.1.4, FL.A.1.3, FL.A.3.3, FL.A.1.4, FL.A.3.4, HE.6.B.3, HE.7.B.3, HE.8.B.3, HE.912.B.3

Fees:

Varies with duration

Disciplines:

Theatre

Contact: Phone:          305-899-5044
Fax:             305-899-5044+9
Email:           powerofperformance@yahoo.com

 

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POETRY IN MOTION: Responding to Poetry through Movement 
This innovative workshop teaches students about poetry, team play and how to animate the spoken word with movement. Students read and discuss a selected poem and use mime, movement and vocal expression to perform it as a collective presentation. Students learn the dynamics of body language to create visual imagery for communicating the poet's ideas and feelings. This kinesthetic experience adds needed value to reading, writing, listening and oral interpretation skills. Material can be free-form or theme-based.

Teacher workshops present creative strategies for building language skills. Teachers learn three creative strategies for writing and expressing a variety of poetic forms. Coupled with movement and team play, poems become animated, by adding the dimension of expressive movement. Elements of theatre, mime, and improvisation are integrated into the writing and reading lessons. Teachers learn how to use body gestures, vocalization and imagery techniques for developing students' reading, comprehension, writing, listening and speaking skills. 

Lessons focus on building movement vocabulary, using body language and mime techniques, and physical interpretation of an authored poem and original composition. Teachers and students will learn to weave oral presentation with expressive movement and to perform poetic literature through verbal and non-verbal techniques.

Educational Goals:

  • To use theater improvisation skills for expressing written text through voice, dialog, and movement
  • Expand understanding of the emotional grammar of body language
  • To increase sensory awareness, self-confidence and physical presence
  • To learn how to blend oral presentation with expressive movement
  • To have fun discovering the creative power of spontaneity
  • To write and perform individual and ensemble poems

Methods Used apply discovery- learning across multi-intelligent domains:

  • Demonstration
  • Summarizing
  • Charts / Lists
  • Worksheets
  • Practicing
  • Oral Presentation
  • Inquiry and Discussion
  • Games
  • Observation
  • Team Work-Collaborating
  • Brainstorming
  • Sequencing
  • Reading and Writing
  • Taking part in performance

Students will effectively:

  • show a complete understanding of what composes body language
  • show a complete understanding of what are qualities of being
  • use descriptive words to identify their observations of body language
  • verbalize and physically express the subtext of any one quality of being
  • express attitude gestures using freeze frame and vocalization
  • cooperate in creating and performing group tableaus
  • perform solo and ensemble poems for an audience

Assessment Methods:

  • Pre/Post Questionnaire
  • Student Feedback Form
  • Observation
  • Peer Feedback
  • Audience Feedback 

Grade Level:

6-12th

Number of Participants:

Min. 10 -  Max. 20

Duration:

1-16 workshops at 2 hours per workshop over 1-8 weeks

Audience/Environment:

All languages, substance abuse recovery; seniors, community-based, school-based, afterschool, summer.

Standards:

 

(Gr 6-9) LAB.1.3.2, LAC.1.3.3, LA.C.3.3.1, LAD.2.3.1,

LAE.2.3.4, DAA1.3.3, DAB.1.3.1, TH.A.1.3.1, HE.B.3.3.1; PE.C.2.3.2;

(Gr 9-12) LA.A.2.4.1, LAB.1.4.2, LAC.3.4.1, LAD.2.4.2, LA.E.1.4.1, DAA1.4.1, TH.A.1.4.1, HE.B.3.4.1, PE.C.2.4.1

Fees:

Varies with duration

Disciplines:

Theatre, Literary Arts

Contact: Phone:          305-899-5044
Fax:             305-899-5044+9
Email:           powerofperformance@yahoo.com

 

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POWER OF MASK: Mask Making and Performance 
Facial masks are powerful tools for language learning, self-expression and for building higher cognitive learning skills. Power Of Mask is a unique blend of visual arts, theatre, storytelling and movement. This series of workshops focuses on designing and building a character mask, using plaster cloth, paint and decorative trim. Participants discover the voice and the story of their mask for performance using creative writing and monolog techniques. Coupled with drama and mime, participants learn how to communicate using role play and body gesture. The mask serves as an effective tool for building verbal and non-verbal language skills, for exploring the dynamics of social development, and for fostering creative expression. The process of building character masks can be integrated into social studies, science and life skills learning themes for adding value to units of study.
The training culminates in an exhibit and/or performance. Power of Mask is geared to teens (ages 13-17) and adults. 

Educational Goals:

  • To expand creative expression through the construction and creation of a character face mask for exhibit and performance
  • To expand verbal and non-verbal language skills for discovering the story of the mask and its social relationships
  • To apply a working knowledge of stage presentation, body gesture, and character development for animating the story of the mask
  • To write and perform individual monologs
  • To learn how to blend oral presentation with expressive movement
  • To have fun discovering how to bring a creative idea into expressive form

Methods Used apply discovery-learning across multi-intelligent domains:

  • Demonstration
  • Summarizing
  • Charts / Lists
  • Worksheets
  • Practicing
  • Oral Presentation
  • Inquiry and Discussion
  • Games
  • Observation
  • Team Work-Collaborating
  • Brainstorming
  • Sequencing
  • Reading and Writing
  • Taking part in performance

Students will effectively:

  • demonstrate safe and proper usage of materials
  • use creative ideas for building and designing a character mask
  • compose a monolog of the character mask
  • apply movement strategies for performing with the mask
  • identify and use elements of physical characterization in a performance piece
  • use the vocabulary in syntax specific to creating their mask and its story
  • effectively interact with others

Assessment Methods:

  • Pre/Post Questionnaire
  • Student Feedback Form
  • Observation
  • Peer Feedback
  • Audience Feedback

Grade Level:

6-12 and adult

Number of Participants:

Min. 10 - Max. 16

Duration:

1-24 workshops at 2 hours per workshop over 1-12 weeks

Audience/Environment:

All languages, substance abuse recovery; seniors, community-based, school-based, afterschool, summer.

Standards:

 

(Gr 6-8) VA.A.1.3.1, VA.A.1.3.2, VA.E.1.3.1, LA.B.2.3.3, LA.C.2.3.2, TH.A.1.3.1,TH.D.1.3.4, TH.E.1.3.2

(Gr 9-12) VA.A.1.4.1, VA.A.1.4.2, LA.A.1.4.3, LA.C.1.4.1, LA.C.2.3.2, TH.A.3.4.2, TH.B.1.4.1, TH.E.1.4.1

Fees:

Varies with duration; $20/student art supply fee

Disciplines:

Visual, Theatre, Literary Arts

Contact: Phone:          305-899-5044
Fax:             305-899-5044+9
Email:           powerofperformance@yahoo.com

 

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MANDALAS OF POETRY: Creative Strategies for Building Language Skills Mandalas are circle drawings, symbols of wholeness seen as visual art patterns that integrate geometric, as well as organic forms, around a unifying center. Mandalas of Poetry workshop series applies mathematical relationships to the design and form of circle drawings. Students learn about mandalas as they occur in nature, various cultures, art and architecture. They learn how to use simple tools and materials for integrating the dynamics of geometric shapes, organic forms, patterns, colors, and textures for creating their unique designs. The inter-relationships of their designs give rise to the mandala story. This discovery learning process includes writing, such as poetry and short narrative, which gives literary expression to their mandala and verbal expression to their thoughts, ideas and feelings that are generated by their circle drawings. The program can be extended to learning presentation skills for oral and physical interpretation of the students’ written works. The process of creating mandalas and poems is also integrated into literary studies, social studies, science and life skills learning themes for adding value to units of study. The program culminates with an exhibition of Mandalas of Poetry, both drawings and poems.

Educational Goals:

  • To apply the principles of simple geometry to design and form of mandalas
  • To use simple tools and materials to create circle drawings, such as rulers, triangles, protractors, and compass
  • To use the dynamics of design, form, color, texture and pattern as applied to mandala drawings
  • To relate an idea or theme to the circle drawing
  • To build vocabulary and creative thinking skills
  • To translate and compose the mandala’s story into a poetic or narrative form
  • To have fun discovering how to bring a creative idea into expressive form

Methods used apply discovery-learning across multi-intelligent domains:

  • Demonstration
  • Summarizing
  • Charts / Lists
  • Worksheets
  • Practicing
  • Oral Presentation
  • Inquiry and Discussion
  • Observation
  • Brainstorming
  • Sequencing
  • Reading and Writing
  • Taking part in presentation

Students will effectively:

  • demonstrate safe and proper usage of tools and materials
  • use new vocabulary in syntax specific to creating their mandala drawings
  • follow directions for sequencing steps in creating the drawings
  • apply design strategies relating to shape, form and color of mandala drawings
  • use graphic organizers for composing a poem or narrative of their drawings
  • present their final works to an audience

Assessment Methods:

  • Pre/Post Questionnaire
  • Student Feedback Form
  • Observation
  • Peer Feedback
  • Audience Feedback 

Grade Level:

6-12 and adult

Number of Participants:

Min. 10 - Max. 20

Duration:

1-8 workshops at 2 hours per workshop over 1-8 weeks

Audience/Environment:

All languages, substance abuse recovery; seniors, community-based, school-based, afterschool, summer.

Standards:

 

(Gr 6-8) VA.A.1.3.1; VA.A.1.3.3; VA.B.1.3.2; LA.C.3.3.1; LA.D.1.3.1; MA.C.1.3.1; MA.C.2.3.1; TH.A.1.3.1

(Gr 9-12) VA.A.1.4.1; VA.B.1.4.2; VA.E.1.4.1; LA.A.2.4.1; LA.C.3.4.1; LA.E.2.4.3; MA.C.1.4.1; MA.C.2.4.1; TH.A.1.4.1. 

Fees:

Varies with duration; $10/student art supply fee

Disciplines:

Visual, Literary Arts

Contact: Phone:          305-899-5044
Fax:             305-899-5044+9
Email:           powerofperformance@yahoo.com

 

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