Paper Puppet Poetry

A DIY concept for children & young audiences, which can be done whenever and however. Documentary material – experiences of the audience/participants – are shaped into short literary forms (poems, micro-scenes, stage-situations), after which simple drawings are glued on sticks, becoming puppets and paper-dolls, animated by the voices and movements of the authors/audience themselves to address the ignorant-and-prejudice-based “safe society” and take small steps toward solidarity-necessity.

Serious subjects become playful stage-game puppet performances, free from self-criticism, compatible with classrooms, streets, slams, camps, hospitals, rooms… but also official public spaces… As a form of alternative education and direct action in schools, where collective production (of images/stories) creates and encourages collective distribution (authors themselves are becoming performers).

Performances are documented in on film and distributed globally online. Performed texts, shaped into poems or other drama formats, are published in booklets and distributed in schools or various alternative places…
Škart – Dragan Protić
Belgrade, Serbia

Škart is a collective founded in 1990 at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade.
While experimenting through their work, they focus primarily between the medium of poetry and design, and are now on the 28th anniversary of international mixed-media art practice and alternative education experiments.
“Architecture of the human relationships" is their main concept. Through the constant flux within the collective, present since its very beginning, members collaboratively work to develop new values. They are particularly capable through the process of making, to embrace “beautiful" mistakes and tirelessly strive to combine work with pleasure.

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Audience
Migrant children in refugee camps and all children in local schools.
Performance
2 days of collecting documentary stories, anecdotes, gossip…

2 days of transforming them into short forms (poems, scripts…) and visuals (paper puppets).

2 days of public-rehearsals-performing — 1 day of final perfoming and distributing published materials.

Mixed mini-stories are about 30-45 min (small vignettes, 2-3 minutes long).
Production
Ordinary school materials (ink, brushes, papers, grill-sticks, trash cardboards… (no big costs…. any place can manage it).

PPP print-production (poetry book-edition, posters, stickers)… in collaboration with local cultural centers, libraries or schools…

Logistical needs: video projector, microphones, sound system… (1-2 technical assistants), video-editing (if required) – 1 person…
Budget
Shedule of the tour
Gabrovo, Bulgaria
23–28 Mart 2019
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Leeuwarden, Netherlands
12–17 April 2019
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Beograd, Serbia
5–10 June 2019
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Kosice, Slovakia
28 September – 3 October 2019
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Skarhamn, Sweden
3–8 February 2020
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