Quiet Stories for a Loud City
In October, BKBX presented an interactive kids show at the Wild Project. Young audiences were tickled over our very silly cowgirl story, and especially loved our very first choose-your-own-adventure mime piece. We presented public shows as well as school matinee performances for our education partners.
New Bridges School
BKBX teaching artists visited New Bridges in the spring, introducing 1st and 2nd graders to our work at their school assembly. New Bridges 2nd graders also joined us at the Wild Project in October!
Ninth and tenth graders were welcomed back to school in late August with a school-wide mime experience. At this Brooklyn high school, English and Spanish-speaking students needed no translation when we performed and taught mime technique. This was our largest program yet - the entire company came together at the school and we reached 500 students in one day!
Bank Street Head Start
This program brought mime to our youngest audience yet! BKBX teaching artists introduced our work to the 4-year-olds at Bank Street before they came to see our kids show, Quiet Stories for a Loud City. It was a treat to perform with such an imaginative and energetic group of young people in the audience. The school director shared a wonderful piece of feedback with us after the show: “I've been to many shows with kids and I've never seen one that kept them captivated like you guys did.”
BKBX teaching artists spent a day with the 5th-12th grade drama students, using one of our rep pieces, Reservoir, to introduce silent storytelling and the use of visual metaphor to describe a complex human experience.
International School of Brooklyn
This partnership gave us the opportunity to work with two first-grade teachers to design a program to align with the classrooms’ social-emotional curriculum. These very young mimes learned how to use body language to understand, prevent, and resolve conflict in their school community.
Léman Manhattan Dance/Theater Festival
BKBX teaching artists taught mime technique to high-school aged theater students from all over the country at this annual festival. Teens from Leman Manhattan also joined us for our 2014 MainStage production, Topography.
We are constantly humbled by the powerful creative energy and imaginative potential we see in our students. It’s always an honor to share our passion for invisible magic and silent storytelling with a new group of young artists! 2014 has been a fantastic year for our education programming, and we can’t wait to continue developing this work in the New Year.