USCH - Theater und Schule NEW PARTNERSHIP!
We have started to get to know and work with our new partner school, Gustav-Meyer-Schule in Kreuzberg. Ona Nurkkala, Florian Korty and Anja Scollin are this year involved in working with the students and the staff. We visited different classes and took part in activities to get to know the students and the work of the teachers. We chose the topic "heroes and heroines". At the moment we are all hereos of spontaneity, adapting everyday to new circumstances caused by a vicious virus.
Sachsenwald Primary School 2017-2020
In the third year the main focus of the project with the students was climate change. The consequences of climate change are either trivialized or reinforce fear which can be stressful. The students gained expertise through their science courses; excursions and workshops with experts deepened their knowledge. The students interviewed people in their surroundings to learn about their opinions. The results and experiences of this process were the basis for the German and English play. The goal of this climate change project was to link science with theater and encourage the kids to express themselves and act on it. Florian Korty and Ona Nurkkala worked with class 4C of the Sachsenwald Primary School in cooperation with the art class, the union for nature and environmental protection, Schule e.V. and with the theater group of the afternoon supervision, directing by Mr. Hüge. It was supposed to premiere in March during the TUSCH-festival but unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
The topic we worked on that year was 'Robin Hood': the outlaw that robs rich people and shares the loot with the needy. In a first meeting at the beginning of September, we had the possibility to meet the teachers and students and make them accustomed to our ways of working. Next to acting exercises and coordination games, it was important for us to find out which talents each student had and which aspects of 'Robin Hood' they felt passionate about. We collected keywords such as arbitrary law, helping other people, escape, blackmail, penalty (today and back then), rich, poor, playing tricks on people etc. In different groups and using the words as a basis we created scenes with props and instruments. In cooperation with the school's theater group, and the courses juggling, music and drums, art and media buddies we devised a theater piece.