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Play with dreams, paper and being silly in this Family Activity based on Paper Dreams! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities (and more!) at Pinterest.com/NewVictory
 

Paper Dolls

If you were a paper doll, how would you move? Would you move with gentle, rounded waves? Or abrupt, straight movements? In this activity, make your own paper doll and imitate its movement like the dancers from Paper Dreams in the photo below. 
Paper Dreams Dancers
Materials: Brown paper bags, tape or stapler

Step One: Create a doll by twisting the bottom of the bag into a head. Take another bag and twist it into a short rope.

Step One
 
Step Two: Attach the rope to the bag using tape or a stapler. You’ve created arms for your doll!

Step Two
Step Three: Decide who will move the doll first and who will dance first. 

Step Four: Put on some music from Paper Dreams and move the doll. The other person should mirror every movement the doll is making. 
 

Step Five: What movements can the dolls make? 
  • Can they bend? 
  • Can they raise their arms? 
  • Can they jump?
  • Can they twirl? 
  • Can they take a bow? 

Step Six: Switch roles and keep dancing! 

Paper Jam Band
 
How many sounds can you make with paper? Try to start a band using just paper as your instrument!

Materials: Any kind of paper (tissue, brown paper, construction paper, copy paper etc.)

Step One: Crumple, fold, rip, slap and roll your paper to see the variety of sounds it can make. 

Step Two: Once you’ve explored all the ways you can make noise with paper, choose one to perform and play for your family. After everyone has sampled their sounds, play your sounds together! Bonus points if everyone can make different sounds.

Step Three: Have a paper noise jam session! Try to play as soft as you can. Try to play as loud as you can! 

BONUS: Every band needs special costumes! Create an outfit using paper. Experiment with large pieces of paper, finding ways to make it into clothes, creating hats, skirts, dresses, capes. Take a picture or record a video and share it with the New Vic's Instagram or Facebook using #NewVicFamilyActivity.

Dream On

What do you dream about? Before seeing Paper Dreams, play with these fun dream-related activities! 

Activity One
Put on some music and tell your child to close their eyes. Tell them a story in the first person, using the prompts below. Invite them to imagine that they are the main character in the story and to pretend that they are doing what you’re saying. 
  • One day I learned I could fly….
  • One time I discovered that I could talk to animals…
  • The other night a little elf visited me and told me to…

Activity Two
Draw a picture of a dream you have had before and then give a tour of the picture to your family. 

Activity Three
Make a dreamcatcher using pipe cleaners. Dreamcatchers were originally made by Ojibwe Native Americans and are believed to give their owner good dreams! 

Materials: Pipe cleaners, yarn, beads (optional)

Step One: Bend a pipe cleaner into a circle. Twist the ends together to secure the shape!

Step One

Step Two: Using a long piece of yarn, create a criss-cross pattern by wrapping the yarn around the pipe cleaner circle. 

Step Two
 
  • Step Three:
  • Tie a loop at the top of the circle to hang your dreamcatcher and additional strings at the bottom of the circle for decoration! If you’re feeling fancy, attach beads to the bottom of the strings. 

Step Three  

Family Activities

We invite you to share a giggle, try some new moves and deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites: TXT Marks the Spot, Talk-Backs and more!
 
Twitter   How did your Paper Doll turn out?
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Posted by Beth Henderson
October 24, 2016

Family Activity: Chotto Desh


Play with dance, family stories and illustration in this Family Activity inspired by Chotto Desh!  For each show this season, we’ll be posting a brand new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog or at Pinterest.com/NewVictory
 

Name Dance

Chotto Desh is full of meaningful dance and exciting movement. Watch the video below and learn how to choreograph your own personal ‘name’ dance from New Victory Teaching Artist Penelope McCourty.

   
 


In Living Color

Chotto Desh is inspired by stories from choreographer Akram Khan’s life and his relationship with his father. It features beautiful animations with a very specific style of illustration. In this activity, ask your family members questions while illustrating the stories that they tell you! How close can you get to the style of the show? 

Materials: Writing utensils, paper

Step One: Examine the two photos below. They’re from Chotto Desh! How would you describe them? Make sure to pay attention to the style of animation so you can mimic it later! 

 

The Art of Chotto Desh

Step Two: Now it’s your turn to tell each other your stories. Decide who will get interviewed first—grown-ups or kids. 


Questions for Grown-ups:
  1. Where were you born? What do you know about that place and that time?
  2. Where did you live when you were a teenager? What do you remember about it?
  3. Where were your parents born? What do you know about that time and place?
  4. What were your biggest dreams as a child? 
  5. If you have made your dreams come true, how did you get there? If you are doing something different from what you imagined, how did you get to where you are now? 
  6. Who is your favorite storyteller in the family? 
  7. What are your favorite family stories? 

Questions for Kids: 
  1. What is your earliest memory? 
  2. What do you know about your family’s background? 
  3. What is your favorite thing to do for fun? 
  4. What are your dreams for your future? 
  5. How can you make those dreams come true? 
  6. What is your favorite story that your family told you?
Step Three: While listening to the answers from your family, draw an image that would show or enhance their responses in the same way that Akram Khan’s images enhanced his parents’ stories. Try to get inspirations from that!  

Bonus: Compare your drawing to the ones from the show and notice the similarities and the differences. If you were to make a show about your family story, what kind of show would it be? Would it be a dance show or something else? 
 

I Only Have Eyes for You

In Chotto Desh, the dancer appears as many different characters throughout the story. In one section of the performance, he becomes his father by drawing eyes on the top of his head. In this activity, put your eyes somewhere else on your body. Who will you become? 
 
Eyes on the Dancer's Head

Materials: Post-Its, pens

Step One: Draw a pair of eyes on a Post-It note. 

Here are some examples for inspiration!

Examples of Eyes
Step Two: Stick the Post-It on a body part that’s not your face. Using your real eyes, look in a mirror and try to move like your Post-It eyes are real! 

Step Three: Try these challenges as a family:
  • Move around the room with your new eyes—how do you move differently?
  • Have a staring contest. Who won?
  • Have a conversation and make up a new voice to use!
What else can you do?
 

Family Activities

We invite you to share a giggle, try some new moves and deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites: TXT Marks the Spot, Talk-Backs and more!
 
Twitter   How did your Name Dance turn out?
Share a photo of them with us on Instagram or Twitter, #NewVicFamilyActivity.
Facebook   What kind of stories and movements did you discover?
Like us on Facebook and tell us what you thought up!

Photos: Richard Haughton
Posted by Beth Henderson
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