FOURTH WORKSHOP SERIES FALL 2019 & WINTER 2020
Our weekly Raising the Curtain gatherings with participants in the fall of 2019 and winter of 2020 focused on building skills and concepts for a theatrical production to be performed in July 2020. We worked with participants to envision Christenson Village – the long term care home we have been working out of – as a performance space, open to the public for a weekend of performances and installations. Together we wrote songs, practiced improv, created short vignettes, and began developing a shadow puppet performance based on the stories shared with us by participants.
In the early months of 2020 we opened up our process to a wider circle. Our HIVE workshops, facilitated by the Raising the Curtain Team, involved people living with dementia, care partners, residents from Christenson Village, and volunteers from the wider community. The HIVE workshops focused on developing props, sets and other elements for our July 2020 theatrical production. We began involving residents of Christenson Village, eager community members with relevant backgrounds in the arts and healthcare, as well as our participants’ partners and families. The vision of a site specific production was becoming clearer to all of us by the day.