Paper Balloon prepare for their residency
| Wed 20 Jun 2018
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and Paper Balloon?
I'm Alex Kanefsky, Artistic Director of Paper Balloon. I'm a storyteller, performer, writer, facilitator and wearer of many hats. Paper Balloon make big stories for small people: accessible, interactive and original theatre for young audiences.
How would you describe the work that you create?
Since 2012 we have developed and toured new writing and devised work for young audiences, featuring a blend of original live music, puppetry, dance and lyrical storytelling.
We're inspired by TYA from around the world, and particularly image-based theatre from Europe.
A key feature of our work is improvised interaction with our audiences; we invite them into our world, bridging the gap between performers and audience, empowering young people by giving them influence over their experience.
What will you be working on during your residency at artsdepot?
For our residency we will be researching and developing Faerie Cakes. Based on an original story by Dorie Kinnear (Nobody’s Home, The Marked) and inspired by European folk traditions and mythical creatures, the piece will explore our love of making, baking and eating food – and how these rituals bring us together.
Faerie Cakes follows a young woman’s return to her great aunt’s long-forgotten bakery in an unfamiliar town. Soon, she is following tiny footprints in the flour and peculiar recipes to plunge headlong into a magical baking adventure, where strange creatures scurry, and all is not quite as it seems.
What elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?
We'll be concentrating on the following elements in what will be our 2nd week of R&D: story, audience interaction, building a physical language, fairy magic and puppetry.
What’s the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal space?
A sense of play! Our now-very-intense game of Bin Ball is an excellent way of building creative team dynamics, and it's our way of paying homage to the world cup. But also: reams of paper and post it notes, a box of junk to play with, and coffee...