These residency offerings are a sample of the type of programs JDPP has conducted in the past. Other themes including the environment, the power of arts, and more have also been conducted. Please contact us to discuss themes relevant to your residency site and we can customize a program to fit your budget and needs.
The Curious Garden
The Curious Garden residency looks at the thing that grow in difficult places, such as our urban centers and is inspired by the book The Curious Garden by Peter Brown about a boy who has a wonderful curiosity and decides to be a spontaneous gardener for a patch of flowers growing in an abandoned railway track. The story brings awareness to the enhanced quality of life that the natural world can bring to urban spaces, the regenerative power of gardens, and what it means to tend and take care of something and nurture it into growth. The story is used as a jumping off point for the children to write and make dances and songs about what gardens and green spaces mean to them—what they bring to neighborhoods and who and what the children take care of in their own lives and why this is important.
Inspired by the book The Painted Chest by Judith Christine Mills, this residency/performance will first look at a world in which the arts do not exist; an imaginary village where all the villagers do is work. They do not smile, they do not look at the stars or the moon, they do not imagine. One day the children discover a huge chest as they are walking through the village center. They come back late at night to try and figure out how to open the chest. Once the children open the chest – they discover the key to what will make their world so much better and in their own words, dances and songs share the message of how the lives of everyone in the village will be changed forever.
The Skin You’re In
The residency explores the idea of racial diversity using Michael Tyler’s noted children’s book The Skin You Live In and builds toward a celebration of difference in its culminating performance. The children’s own words are integrated into the narrative written for the culminating performance as well as into the songs for the piece. We encourage the students to think about who they are in relation to their ethnic heritage–affirming their uniqueness as well as their commonalities and connections.
I Have A Dream
Based on the transformational words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this residency encourages students to create a story based on what their dreams for our present day world are, inspired by an illustrated rendering of the Martin Luther King speech. Each class develops a dream theme and their writings are intergrated into an original script that introduces the songs and dances that the children create.
The Slowed Down story, written by Judy Dworin takes us through time, beginning when people took their time cues from the sun and the stars, to our present day clock and computer driven culture. In the story, when the pace of the world becomes almost frantic, a wise old screech owl finally advises everyone to stop and throw their time-pieces in one huge pile. A mountain of clocks arises and the people no longer being driven by their time-pieces, begin to see the world around them as if for the first time. Everyone moves slower–taking time to breathe deeply and appreciate each other and the world in which they live. This project seeks to enhance the creative and cognitive learning skills of the children (particularly as related to language arts) as well as to broaden their awareness of the need to pace their time, relax and view life outside of a competitive, goal driven, stress-filled environment. By integrating this story into a unified performance piece, we will bring this idea to the forefront.
The Giving Quilt
The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail de Marcker is the inspiration for this program. The story features a greedy king who keeps acquiring more and more objects in his search for happiness and a quiltmaker who teaches him the gift of generosity.