Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Elephant in the Garden of Gethsemane
A story of courage and unspoken truth
A play by Jay Williams, Phoenix NZYP director
(Project K)


Project K is developing a hybrid body of work that involves up to 30 young people who will be engaged in an intensive creative process. While Jay Williams is the Director, the creation of this body of work brings together specialist practitioners to mentor young people through a series of comprehensive workshops.

Project K’s devising and research processes provide an environment that foster reflective thinking and promote greater skill in social decision making.
Project K will result in a 45 minute installation/theatre piece that explores identity and culture in Aotearoa today. 

Creative Process
Young people will be involved in a series of discussions and workshops where they share their own experiences, listen to the experiences of others and then reflect on their own understandings and responses.  This process gives them a platform to explore, interpret and translate experience into the essential meaning it has for them in today’s world.

The Story
The story is based around Hans Christian Andersen’s literary fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling, a classic tale of searching for one's own identity as an alternative to conformity and assimilation. The story centres around Maui Felimu, a half Samoan/Maori born out of wedlock. Maui’s narrative looks at his journey with mental illness and how this impacts on his perception of himself.  Maui’s pulsating question is “How do I fit?”

“Some are commercial flowers, always watered, fed, hydroponic clones, harnessed in a man-made glasshouse.  I'd rather be a dandelion weed, free like the phoenix, uncaged, candid, real, growing on the side of the road, broken through the surface of stone, to live, to share with nature,  to seed without prejudice.  To float by the breeze of my tupuna, carrying my DNA beyond the confines of a shop window.  I'd rather be invisible, than be an decoration in someone’s kitchen or an after-thought on Valentines day.  I’d rather be a dandelion weed growing wild any day.”  (Opening spoken word, Jay Williams)

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