Shadow theatre

Théâtre à l’Envers offers introductory shadow theater workshops, in a short version (between 1h and 2h30) or in a long version (2 or 3 days), aimed for students (primary and secondary ) to create a show using shadow as a medium for theatrical expression. The proposed activities allow participants to develop their imagination and their manual skills in the visual arts, in addition to promoting teamwork and oral and written expression.

The short version includes an introduction to shadow theater on the big screen through exploratory games with an overhead projector. Then, grouped into small teams, the students designate a narrator, puppeteers and an acetate manipulator on an overhead projector. All are then invited to create a show behind a small screen by inventing a story from the silhouettes proposed by the artists and by drawing the decorations on acetates. The fruit of their work is then presented to the whole class.

For the long version, during the first meeting, the artists demystify the shadow through exploratory games, then lead the students to familiarize themselves and participate in the various stages of creating a show. During a brainstorming session and based on a theme suggested by the facilitators, the participants first create a bank of characters, physical characteristics, places and actions. Then, in light of the responses noted on the board, the young people complete a team scenario based on an incomplete and flawed story suggested by the artists. During the second meeting, the students draw as a team a table of the scenes to be played (working model). They will learn to recognize the different components of a story and integrate them into the creation of their final scenario: initial situation, subject or hero, trigger or mission, adjuvant (s), opponent (s), vicissitudes, outcome, conclusion… They will then begin the production of cardboard silhouettes and the design of decorations on acetates. The third meeting allows participants to finish making cardboard silhouettes and decorations drawn on acetate. They then begin rehearsals of their scenario in front of a small screen and with the overhead projector. They are finally invited to present to the class the fruits of their labor, a play of shadows.


Target audience: from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade
Number of participants: one class students at a time (approximately 18 to 25 participants)
Cost of the workshop: * Prices are established by the MESS and fees are refunded up to 75% with a project filing by the school
Honorary for the artist: 325$ / day (for a maximum of 3 hours of attendance at the school)
Transportation: 0,43 $ / km traveled
Meals and accomodation: if applicable
Material costs provided by the artist: between 60$ – 100$ / day

Patricia Bergeron
5350, Lafond street
Montréal (Québec)
H1X 2X2
Cell.: 514.544.9370 (Artist: Patricia Bergeron)

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