Archive for October, 2009

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Rachel in Salzburg

October 7, 2009

Hi Rachel. Have just read your blog about your Salzburg/Villach trip. Thanks for taking all those photos. It really brought your visit to life. I am really sad not to be getting to Salzburg on this project and now I’m even sadder! You seemed to pack in loads in such a short visit. Did you feel that the ideas that you explored in the workshops were on familiar ground for these participants or that it was a very new way of working for them? Also is this a way of working that you have used directly with small children in Early Years settings or is it more a workshop to get the adults to develop their own understanding of play by freeing themselves up. The reason I am asking is because I am interested to know whether a small child, in your experience, can project a sense of life/character into their hands in the way that you were doing as adults in this workshop. Hope that question makes sense. Have had an rather exhausting day.

Lizzie

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Villach Workshop – Tuesday 22nd Sept

October 1, 2009
Villach centre

Villach centre

We arrived for lunch at Villaus and then walked to the kultur stadt to lead the workshop. It was along way to go there and back in a day, but well worth the effort.

cultural centre

cultural centre

First of all it was fantastic to meet Gerald Grochenig, who is the centre director and puts on a fabulous programme of childrens events, some especially for early years, which is all pretty unique for a local governed region in Austria, Helga tells me. Gerald joins in the workshop with approx. 10 early years practioners and one or two actress and dancer.

Dr Gerald Grochenig

Dr Gerald Grochenig

The session began in a similar fashion to yesterday, althought this was the first time the learners group had seen each other since Bologna, i think, so there was some extra discussion and that made the time a little shorter. This group spent more time exploring objects with their eyes shut, repeating the functional use of the object and then its symbolic use, moving into object and puppet animation.

Eyes wide shut

Eyes wide shut

I realised in this workshop how we use the hand itself in so many ways as a functional object, in symbolic use and then as itself – a puppet.                    ‘the soul of the puppet is in the palm of the hand’

The hand as puppet

The hand as puppet

Feedback from the group included how when they had their eyes shut, the practitioners felt more dreamy and introvert, playing inside their own worlds and not relying on visual stimulus. This felt very valuable to them. Then they described how when eyes were open and the objects had eyes, they immediately wanted to talk and communicate with each other, making eye contact with the puppet, being more extrovert. Fascinating stuff!

Objects talking

Objects talking

Villach (11)

Villach (15)

Back to Saltzburg, journeying through the dark night. A goodbye drink with Helga and much thanks for a great trip!