Performing Stories: Explore the possibilities of narrative pedagogy to engage, lead and transform the classroom experience
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016
8:00 – 4:00, Schaeffer Auditorium
The 78" Annual Kutztown University Art Education Conference
Welcome to the 78th Annual Art Education Conference at Kutztown University.
This year's conference will bring to life the creative possibilities and utility of narrative pedagogy in teaching and learning in the art classroom. Narrative is a powerful form of discourse in the construction and reconstruction of knowledge and meaning in society. There are multiple layers of narrative discourse including individual, cultural, and societal myths. These pluralistic stories are shaped and defined in the social space of the classroom. This unique conference with an amazing line up of artists, performers, and educators is sure to awaken us to the potential of story.
Felice Amato, our "Sense Maker" of the Conference from University of Wisconsin specializing in performance and art. Felice Amato is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in a self-designed, practice-based program that merges research and making. After teaching Spanish and art in the public schools for 20 years, Amato went back to school to pursue an MFA. Starting in ceramics, a lifetime love of puppetry finally lured her across the barrier between spectator and participant and between object maker and object performer.
Devoted to the figure and to story, puppetry has becom the ultimate medium for her collaged narratives that combine autobiography, folklore, and myth in an attempt to make sense and fun of motherhood, love, desire and loss. An experienced and devoted teacher, Amato has found that engaging with others in the creative process is a crucial part of her own practice and that typing endnotes with hot glue blisters on one’s fingers is a pretty interesting place to be.
The renowned Bread & Puppet Theater based in Vermont was founded by Peter Schumann and is one of the oldest non-commercial and self-supporting theaters in the country. Three of the core puppeteers will perform in the morning and then conduct an extensive three-hour cantastoria workshop with both educators and Kutztown University students. Cantastoria is a picture-story recitation that utilizes paintings and scrolls with sung narration.
Joshua Krugman is a poet, puppeteer, and fiddler who lives and works with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, Vermont. His poems have appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Matter Monthly, Osiris, and Ostranenie. He's performed in Bread and Puppet's A Thing Done In A Seeing Place, Captain Boycott, Fire, A Monument to Oscar Lopez Rivera, and The Underneath the Above Show #1, as well as various circuses, pageants, and parades.
Lyndsay Love is a performer, writer and puppeteer. Lyndsay has performed across the country doing cantastoria and suitcase shows with Tooth and Nail Puppetry Front and has been involved with Burlington's Spielpalast Cabaret as performer, Art Director and Dramaturge for the past three years. She worked on Cardboard Teck Instantute's Grottoblaster. She has performed in Bread and Puppet's annual circuses and pageants since 2010, as well as last year's A Monument to Oscar Lopez Rivera and The Underneath the Above Show #1.
Esteli Kitchen is a puppeteer and musician from San Francisco, California. She has been a member of the resident company of Bread & Puppet Theater since 2012. Esteli spends much of her year on the road with the theater and in between tours enjoys brief spells of stasis in Vermont with her cat, Katrina.
Cantastoria! Techniques for potable and portable theater:
Cantastoria is one of humanity's oldest known styles of performance. Called ‘bankelsang’ in Germany, ‘etoki’ in Japan, and ‘cantastoria’ in Italy, the technique originated in India more than two thousand years ago. Bread and Puppet uses this simple form of storytelling and performance to convey many different messages, from children's stories to parables of political protest. In this workshop participants will observe a Bread and Puppet cantastoria and then jump into performing in the chorus of another. Finally, participants will work in groups to craft their own cantastorias.
Another unique guest at this year's conference will be The Cashore Marionettes. They will perform the Life in Motion show that consists of a collection of engaging pieces focused on the essence of human moments.
Cashore Marionettes will also be conducting a marionette workshop during the afternoon of the conference. Joseph Cashore, the founder and principle performer of Cashore Marionettes, has performed across North America, Europe and Asia. He has received numerous awards including a Pew Charitable Trusts' Fellowship for Performance Art, based on his artistic accomplishment. He has also received a Henson Foundation Grant, an award that promotes puppetry for adult audiences. In addition, Mr. Cashore has been awarded the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive, a UNIMA Citation of Excellence.
Coming from the University of Virginia Charlottsville, Megan creates "The Big Heads"
Looking like large puppet heads, it was “anima”, the root of “animation”, that led me to the making of the big heads, (or “capgrossos”, as they are called in Catalonia.) Anima is the soul or what breathes life into a being. But to bring attention to what is invisible, (the soul), I chose to mold its opposite in solid form: the persona, the mask, the ego, the big head. A series of multi-ethnic big head self-portraits titled “Everyman” allowed me the opportunity to explore the outer shell of our world’s personas, noting that if it were possible to wear each other’s skin, (or big head), the eyes of our souls would still be peering out from within.
Looking for puppetry inspiration to take back to your classroom? Participants in this workshop will explore at least a dozen different ways to create puppets, from finger and hand puppets to parade-sized giants. In addition to sharing a variety of puppet projects, we'll also explore ways to connect to other curricular areas and use the art of puppetry to express ideas and tell stories. All of the puppets shared in this workshop have been piloted in the art studios at the Falk Laboratory School, a K-8 school affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh.
We'd like to thank the following for their support of this conference:
KU Foundation & Alumni Relations
Dr. William Mowder, Dean of the College of Visual & Performing Arts,
Kutztown University Foundation
Department of Art Education & Crafts, Kutztown University