Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Getting Ready (20 minutes)

The following information will help you focus and organize your professional development session.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe where historical references occur in a video segment from Quidam.
  • Analyze costume designs for Parade, focusing on how they convey character and dictate movement. Create a costume element and explore how costumes affect character development and movement.
  • Analyze and interpret works of painter René Magritte and choreographer Alwin Nikolais, comparing the artists’ works to Quidam. Create a movement sequence that incorporates an original prop or costume element and references to Magritte and Nikolais.
  • Conduct research into the history of street performance and how its influence is felt in Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam. Take on the role of an art historian discussing a specific type of street performance.

Guiding Questions
These are questions for your group to consider as you work through the session:

  • What are historical references?
  • How do historical references affect the creation of new works of art?

Materials and Resources

Opening Steps
Facilitator: Distribute the handout, Criticism: Purposes and Process (PDF).

Discuss your experience with having your students write critiques.

  • What knowledge base was necessary for your students to succeed?
  • How did your students work together?
  • With what kinds of vocabulary did your students need the most help?

Discuss these questions:

  • How does art history inform and influence contemporary works of art?
  • How do individual art forms affect or inform each other in a multi-arts work?

Facilitator: If you have a videotape of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam, use it to provide examples of historical references:

  • Cue the program tape by setting the time counter in your videocassette player to 0:00 when you see the title Quidam at the beginning of the performance, then running the tape fast-forward to 9:50. Play the segment of Quidam that runs from 9:50 to 18:50 on the time counter (running time approximately nine minutes).
  • The section to be viewed begins with a team of female acrobats performing with yo-yos. It continues with a transition in which Zoe swings and the father walks through the air, an aerial performer works on a suspended red fabric streamer, and a clown runs with sparklers.
  • When a clown enters with a hula-hoop, stop the tape.

In the videotape, look for specific examples of:

  • where art history influenced the performance and
  • where individual art forms affected or informed each other in the performance.

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