As part of our storytelling project, Calvin, Univ. of Iowa dance major, came and “told” a story by using his body (no words). He told the story of Where The Wild Things Are. The children immediately recognized that he was Max.
Later, he asked them if they could guess who he was thinking of as the Wild Things
Calvin: Who do you think in my mind the Wild Things were?
Vioet: In your imagination?
Calvin: Yes, do you remember when I stopped moving and looked at you in the audience?
Louisa: We were the wild things!
We got into a movement circle and work-shopped with Calvin about how Wild Things might move. How would their hands look? How would they move to show roaring without making noise? How would their bodies move through space to show a wild rumpus and swinging on trees? Then he invited us to rumpus with him!
Calvin came back another time, and invited the children to help tell the story. We became the story.
This was the beginning of what is becoming a wild adventure. We have re-told the story many many times in our classroom. Louisa has made puppets and a boat for Max that we often use. We have made movement drawings to document the movements that we work-shopped with Calvin. We've gotten into our movement circle to work on our Wild Things moves. We've had wild rumpuses at school and at Harvest Preserve. Now, we want to invite Calvin back to help us tell our story to the other classes. It started with a story, and grew into an adventure--let the wild rumpus start!