Blind Cinema Registration
The performance starts with the audience entering a normal movie cinema where they are blindfolded once they take their seats. A class of approximately 30 children then file into the row behind the audience and take their seats as the film commences. The children then place a speaking funnel to the audiences’ ears and they describe what is happening on the screen.
The film screened during the performance will be seen by each group of children for the first time. Hence, each performance will have a new group of describing children. Each screening is also preceded by a workshop with the group of children, performing on the day.
This is a free event that is programmed at GOMA in the first week of the school holidays. Schools and students are required to be available during this time to be eligible to participate in this project. We will engage 5 schools to participate in each of the 5 performances taking place between Tues 19 – Sat 23 September.
10:00am – 10:15am
Arrival of children at venue (transport to be confirmed)
10:15am – 11:30am
Workshop part 1
11:30am – 11:50am
11:50am – 1:15pm
Workshop part 2
1:15pm – 2:00pm
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Rehearsal with children in space
3:00pm - 3:20pm
Afternoon tea break, snacks, drinks, restrooms
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Children are collected by parents.
To prepare the children and give them an opportunity to become familiar with the ideas and thoughts behind the project, each screening involves a workshop with the children. Here we will be looking into what it is like to be without the sense of sight, and what it means to create pictures in someone else’s mind’. It will include exercises in image description (both still images and video clips) and function as a mini-training for the performance. As well as the workshop, there is a mini-rehearsal with each group of children that takes place in the actual performance prior to the performance.
The film is 30min long, has sound effects but no dialogue. It was made specifically for this performance and is based on numerous try-outs with children that age. It is slow enough for them to describe and is playful in the way it is put together. It was conceived and filmed together with a 9 year old boy and his parents. In terms of the imagery it is therefore very much suited to children that age. The film is experimental and fragmentary, but has a basic narrative structure for the children to follow. It is at times funny, strange, surprising and maybe a little scary (but in a child-like way, i.e. rustling leaves in the forest, fantastical creatures ect.). A big part of the film is its role as a 'dramaturgical' line through the audience's experience, evoking different affective responses from the describing children.
School staff involvement
The artist likes to work with schools to build the workshop and performance into the school’s curriculum. Most importantly we are hoping to bring the principle and teachers on board – especially as the teachers end up playing a key part in making the children feel excited, comfortable but also guiding them through workshop and pre and post show.
We will be putting together a teacher’s information pack to send through to the participating schools which will provide further detail on the above information.
This is a performance that requires concentration, motivation and curiosity from the children and is a very exciting opportunity for teachers and children to work on a unique project with an international artist.
Register your interest
To register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org