The education curators at Weatherspoon Art Museum asked us to develop something creative with children to accompany Leonardo Drew's Existed. We took a group of our youngest performance students to view his large scale installations and had them respond to them while we took notes. The strange and arresting objects in Drew's work lends itself to introspection and expression of curiosities. At their direction, we found items that reminded them of the ones they saw in Drew's work and used them as props. The children's unguarded response and natural choreography gave us great material to apply to Charles Mingus' "Freedom" and Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Blacknuss." Their avant guard style punctuated a moving commentary on life, loss and rebirth all from a child's perspective.
Photos by Martin Tucker.