Posted: September 28th 2006
The theme, named 'Roads to freedom', is a three year project, which enables the artist to explore the meanings of freedom and to portray this through a series of character puppets and costume. Spiritus , this year was chosen to represent the planter section, through the idea of slavery and cotton plantations. UCTC held its own 2-week Summer School later on in August ("Building the Imagination"), ran by Clare Summons, which I was invited to help with, because the techniques that I had learnt at London would now be vital in helping with costumes on a smaller scale. I taught some younger students how to screen print using screens with designs of packaged logo's that reflected the meaning of unfair trade.
Not only was the Summer School at UCTC full of budding young makers, but also 20 dancers and a team of lively drummers to bring our performance together. Two weeks later of practising meant that the 'Building The imagination' first appearance was at the Uckfield Carnival at the beginning of September. It was a rainy evening...but even better than this was our performance as part of the Mayor's Thames Festival, London on September 17th. The excitement was at an all time high as students as young as eleven found themselves part of something special. They were representing our town; the hard work at the Summer School had paid off...everyone was tired but the rewards were fantastic.
I felt privileged to be able to transfer skills that I had learnt to people of a younger age, and to experience life in a capital - by just doing things that I love! Bringing the techniques back with me felt great, and to know that it is all part of Kinetika's theme makes me feel as if it is all worthwhile! The main thanks needs to go to Spiritus and its ongoing development, because if it hadn't evolved in the first place then I wouldn't be where I am today. I think it's important to experience not only art in the classroom, but also on a wider scale, with the experiences themselves really counting for something.