Paper Planet Workshop
A highly interactive and universally accessible workshop, facilitating free play, making costumes and creatures, and manipulating paper.
This workshop is based on Polyglot’s popular show Paper Planet.
Polyglot artists welcome students into a sensory play space filled with tall cardboard trees. Performances unexpectedly happen as simple materials meet creative freedom. The work encourages practical explorations of character, narrative, and design. It also encourages sustainable arts practices as well as the interconnectivity of species, ecosystems, and new worlds.
Our Paper Planet workshop offers an unusual and immersive environment within school grounds that illustrates the complexity, power and intricacy of students’ creativity.
This workshop is best suited to multi-day whole-school engagement.
To maximise our impact and exchange with school communities, Polyglot is moving away from single session workshop bookings. A two-day minimum booking requirement is now in place. To allow us to engage across year levels or with the entire school community, artistic residencies of at least a week are preferred.
- The Paper Planet workshop is a universally accessible experience, there is no English language barrier, and it can be entirely non-verbal.
- Students choose how they engage with the performers and the space, moving around as they like.
With support from the Victorian Department of Education & Training Positive Start in 2022 initiative, Polyglot toured Paper Planet into five specialist and special development schools across terms 1-2, reaching over 600 students.
This program has been supported by the Victorian Department of Education & Training Strategic Partnerships Program since 2018, and it was this support that enabled us to tour to an additional four schools in terms 3-4 of 2022.
In 2023, this program is also generously supported by the Cassandra Gantner Foundation.
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It stimulates the imaginations and takes students on an adventure where they are creating and exploring not on their own but also with other students. It is so inclusive and accessible to everyone in our school and everyone can create no matter what level they are.
Jane Sartori, Performing Arts Teacher, Belvoir Special School
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