The 2012 Ashkenaz Festival is pleased to announce details of the community workshop day with Shadowland Theatre on Sunday, August 26 at 918 Bathurst (just north of Bloor). This unique and fun-filled day is a lead-up event to the 2012 Festival – led by Ashkenaz staff and Shadowland interns – and a chance to take part in the production of the Parade that will promenade at Harbourfront on Monday, September 3rd.
We will focus on parade images that participants can wear or animate in the parade. You’ll have the chance to create an oversize character/puppet that reflects a historical character or attribute, or an exaggerated prop for use in the Ashkenaz Parade. Participants will be guided in transforming simple materials into a dramatic sculpted mask or object that will be used in the Parade performance.
Sunday, August 26 at 918 Bathurst:
10am-12pm – Children under 12 and Young Families workshop (Children under 12 must be accompanied by a guardian). Participants will be guided by Shadowland staff to decorate personal hamsas and will make dramatic face masks based on characters from Yiddish folklore. A sparkly, joyous morning!
1pm-3pm– Combined Seniors and Teens/Young Adults workshop. Participants will decorate a giant mezuzah with created tiles and decorative elements and will be encouraged to exchange stories of mezuzot they have had in the past, doorways and entrances and homes that are special to them. Elements of these stories will be woven into the final sculpture.
4pm-6pm– Teens workshop. Create an oversize character that reflects significant a historical character or attribute, or an exaggerated prop for use in the Ashkenaz Parade. Participants will be guided in transforming simple materials into a dramatic sculpted mask or object that will be used in the performance.
There will be a nominal fee of $10 per family for the morning session, and $5 per participant for the other two sessions in order to cover costs of workshop materials. Please note that for the 1pm-3pm session, the teens/young adults participation fee will cover the seniors fee, ie., seniors go free.
For more info and to register for a workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to having you join us for the fun pre-festival excitement!