Children 2 -8 years
Touring TDSB Schools with Developmental Disability programs
January 29 -February 19, 2018
email Education@theatredirect.on.ca to indicate your interest in welcoming this production to your school!
Join four friends as they set off on an imagination adventure through the sights, sounds, and textures of earth, water, air, and light! This multi-sensory and interactive dance/theatre creation performed to live music promises a rich and stimulating arts experience for young audiences.
Flying Hearts combines dance, theatre and music in a sensory-rich and stimulating performance conceived as an inclusive theatre experience for all children but especially stimulating for children with Developmental Disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Created by Michelle Silagy and Lynda Hill
Direction and Dramaturgy by Lynda Hill
Choreography by Michelle Silagy
Original Music Composed and Performed by Cathy Nosaty
Set Design by Jung Hye Kim
Costume Design by Jennifer Dallas
Lighting Design by Jennifer Lennon
Featuring dance artists Jessica Runge and Tylee Jones
with Emma Zabloski
Flying Hearts is performed within a stage environment evoking a sailing ship of dreams that transforms a school gym into an intimate theatre. The dancers accompanied by a musician playing a range of percussive and melodic instruments journey through the world of light, water, air, and earth expressed through sophisticated, yet accessible choreography inspired by play. Between each chapter of the story, the audience are treated to a sensory experience that compliments the action on stage. For example, gentle wafting of fans for air, light misting of water, and gentle bubbles.
The audience is seated close to the action with rich lighting that gently transforms the atmosphere, compliments the environment of the stage setting. In this way we can include the children in the action and world of the performance. Before and after the performance, the children can interact with a sensory installation that is inspired by the elements of the show and that supports their preparation for the show and transition from their previous environment or activity.
Flying Hearts can be performed for a few as 12 -15 children and as many as 90.
Theatre Direct has been committed to providing quality arts experiences for children in their early years since 2012 and has acquired a solid foundation of experience and know-how in the field of theatre and arts for children with Autism through training projects with Chicago’s Red Kite Project, the British Council’s Relaxed Performance initiative, as well as practical experience delivering arts residencies and workshops in kindergarten classes and across the TDSB through its Firefly Storytelling and Drama Project which included modified techniques appropriate for children with a range of exceptionalities.
Our goal has been to apply our experience to the creation of an original piece of theatre that is sophisticated yet, accessible, sensitive to the developmental needs of young children and especially effective and stimulating for children and young people for whom a traditional theatre-going experience is challenging.
Flying Hearts receives its international premier at the WeeFestival of Theatre and Culture for Early years, May 2018