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Steps in the art process

Steps in the art process

Feltöltve 2022. szeptember 12.

Terka Láposi (leader of the art process):



Our first creative day - 23 May 2022


Róbert Júlia, Bartal Kiss Rita, Asbóth Anikó, Oláh-Bebesi Bori and Láposi Terka met in Vojtina.


 We received a humorous, excitingly varied script from Julia, which follows the children's original utterances in every aspect (see separate report on the method of writing the script here)


We have detailed and interpreted the main themes and sub-themes developed by the researchers, the range of activities experienced by the children (see separate summary of the researchers' main themes and sub-themes here)



Our second Creative Day - 30-31 May 2022

Visits to two kindergartens in Debrecen.

(Százszorszép) Daisy Kindergarten (30 May), Ispotály Kindergarten (31 May).

Aim of the visit: to experience how a passage of a textbook written from children's stories affects the age group of the research participants.

Four of us joined the researchers in the kindergartens. We selected a passage from the script and shared it with the groups of children. After reading the passages, we were curious to see how the kindergartners perceived their own reference groups, their own age peers and their own stories on the plane of their individual interpretations. We were also interested to see how their "story interpretation" reflects back on us, on the creators. We used different text blocks in each of the four groups of children, precisely in order to get a sense of the children's reflections on a broader horizon. As a conclusion to the collaboration with the children, we asked them to create and draw for us the stories we had presented. We plan to use these creations in the theatre performance.

Our experiences with children in the kindergartens have opened up several new perspectives for us in the creative process: the freedom of creating a play space, the importance of showing the relationships between child and child, the metaphorical possibilities of visual representation.

The most important thing was that for us, theatre people, the text, which tended to be taken precisely from life and therefore sometimes theatrically dry, gained depth among the children, expanded, and was further broken down into layers. The children continued a story element, adding humour to it, adding gestures and colouring it up.

Group photo in the Ispotály Kindergarten

Participants of the Children's Voices project in one of the kindergartens in Debrecen (researchers, members of the creative workshop and kindergarten teachers)

Our third creative day - 23 June 2022

The creative group met in Vojtina.

Our questions and ideas:

We analysed the text from scene to scene, looking for the images behind the text and the peculiarities of the formal language. We selected three scenes that we plan to show at the conference in October.

We decided to respect the children's stories in the concept of staging, so it was important to stick to the text. However, verbatim theatre as a genre does not exclude the possibility of moving away from the text, and the interpretation of images and space away from realistic, overly concrete visual formulations and representations, in fact…!

We plan to define the visual language of form in terms of children's visuality, symbolism, loosely structured surrealism, and to move on metaphorical planes. The visual thinking and representation would be as much montage-like as the child's thinking and communication, boldly shifting planes of time and space; the uninhibitedness of the imagination would be revealed in the visual, and transparency, the superimposed flow charts would be given space. One medium for the fabric of the visual world is provided by children's drawings, the other by shadow play and the simulation of space. These are always used to represent the discourse between the world of children and adults, and between children, to magnify inner images and thoughts, and to give voice to inner speech.

Other issues in the process of colour creation are: the relationship between the actor and puppet (mover and the moved), the choice of puppet type, the development of the style of play, the visual design of the adult and child worlds.

Our fourth creative day - 6 July 2022.

We agreed and accepted: we will have a 1-hour presentation with a scene on one of the conference days in October 2022. We will postpone the presentation of the whole performance by one year. On 20 November 2023, World Children's Rights Day, we will have the presentation of the art project, the puppet show "It's so good just to be!" (with studies, publication).

We have been thinking about unfolding our three selected scenes.

Our questions and perspectives:

In what way do the stories touch upon or unfold the seven main areas (play of freedom, significant people, self-expression, environment, needs for being, child autonomy, adult dominance) and the themes (participation, care, protection) that researchers have formulated for the children's rights group.

How can we elaborate the selected scenes to be worked on and break them down into storyline: to "expand" the text, to see behind the text, between the lines, to include everything that is movement, play, music, images...

Building characters, "personalities" of kindergarten characters.

The "drawing" of the kindergarten teacher - the way we portray her.

Our fifth creative day - 18 August 2022.

We gathered our perspectives and focuses at the intersection of art and research. These are:

- the complexity of creating a theatrical performance

- the methodology of writing the text, after examining the children's texts in the research material

- the design of the scene frames

- stage logic, dramaturgy structure

- the creation of fictional children's characters

- formulating the specific features of the genre

- outlining the puppetry technique and the coherence of the actions

- to lay down the basic principles of genre and aesthetics.

Színháztermi előadás:1.500 Ft / fő
Játszószínházi foglalkozás:1.500 Ft / fő
Felnőttelőadás:1.500 Ft / fő
Gyermek-előadásokra szóló bérlet:4.000 Ft / fő

Kedvezményes jegyár három vagy többfős családok részére:

Színháztermi előadás:1.200 Ft / fő
Játszószínházi foglalkozás:1.200 Ft / fő

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