Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Extended Workshop

Activities and Discussion
(45 minutes)

Discussion (30 minutes)
In small groups, reflect on the lessons about theatre, music, dance, and visual art.

Discuss these questions:

  • What are the similarities and differences among the art forms?
  • How have the workshop leaders presented diverse styles and methods of instruction?
  • Which activities challenged your thinking the most? Why?
  • What questions do you have about teaching the lessons you’ve seen in this program?
  • What interdisciplinary connections can you make between these activities and your existing curriculum?

Share your findings with the group or keep a journal of your own ideas.

Reflection (15 minutes)
Explore the ideas in the last segment in this program, “Combining the Art Forms,” which introduces Quidam by Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun).

Facilitator: Share these facts about Cirque du Soleil and Quidam with the group.

Think back about the opening three minutes of Quidam and discuss these questions:

  • In what ways did Quidam meet the expectations you formed when you heard it described? What surprised you?
  • What kinds of movement did you see? Would you call this dance?
  • How did the music communicate an idea, feeling, or process?
  • How were dramatic and visual elements used to juxtapose reality and fantasy?
  • What are some big questions that you have about this work?
  • What is your understanding of the enduring idea/understanding that fantasy impacts our perception of reality?

Programs 2 and 3 will explore the topics of research, criticism, and historical precedents. You will discover how Cirque du Soleil has integrated the arts to create a unique contemporary art form all its own.

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