In collaboration with the arts department at Shenfield High School in Essex we lead 16 'gifted and talented' 11year olds through the creation of their very own sonic suits. Starting with an introduction to Sci-fi design, and some ways people in the past have imagined our futures might look, the students went on to discuss their own visions of the future, and designed costumes based on those. They then used their suits to create short performance dialogues between their futuristic alter-egos using triggered samples as well as spoken word. Their pieces were performed both at their school concert and as part of a Creative Partnership conference at Royal Opera House in Thurrock
The futures proposed by the kids ranged from the fabulous, dystopian or hopeful to the downright tech-fetishistic. Spurring conversations on the necessity or otherwise of money -the likelihood we would all end up living under ground due to environmental devastation, the possibility of touch screen-wind-up mechanisms (!) and whether more torture might save our crime problems!
We may well do more educational work in the future so expect a separate page for that at some point.....after all, not all that we do is PG cert as it were!