Clay & Paper Theatre’s mandate is to “create, develop and perform multi-disciplinary, community-driven theatrical works using narrative theatre and large-scale puppetry in public spaces for large and diverse audiences. Clay & Paper Theatre produces plays, pageants and parades with the community, grounded in the idea that performance in public space is an act of cultural transformation.” They want to “reunite art with the daily life of the community, and to make art accessible to all.” How cool is that!?
Here I am wanting to find ways to use all sorts of artful play to open up conversations and possibilities for people in their work or volunteer endeavours. What if the ‘community’ in this scenario was an organization – it’s employees, managers and clients?! What if the ‘cultural transformation’ was about meaning and satisfaction, about putting ‘fun’ back into effective functioning of the organization?! What if the daily practice were the mindful intentions and behaviours each person put towards a shared vision of what that could look like!?
Can you imagine something like giant puppets in your work hallways…inspiring a different level of conversation with your colleagues, your boss, your clients?
How could I learn, play, try this out? I’ve sent a message to that theatre company asking if there’s a way for us to collaborate and exchange idea’s. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for other possible stepping stones to this world I envision.
May mentors and teachers begin to show themselves to me (and you for what you long for)! If you have a contact or an idea or even a group that might want to experiment with me…do get in touch!