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Published on Mar 4, 2019
Thanks to the support of Louis Brier, and a Louis Brier Foundation Donation by the Estates of Frank and Rosie Nelson, Calla Power (Expressive Arts Therapist) and Ginger Lerner (Recreation Therapist) have been pursuing a project which explores themes of personhood, creative expression, and surprises! The project involved 3 ‘phases’, each one resident centered and involving a number of Louis Brier residents with different motivations and backgrounds:
(1) The artistic creation of masks (by residents), facilitated by Calla. Each mask was given a name, traits and history.
(2) The creative group of participants have now been invited to join Calla for several sessions of drama and improvisation, to further explore the emergent themes.
(3) Professional dancers (led by Lee Kwidzinski) have visited Louis Brier to work with residents and devise a dance piece inspired by the participants and their masks and stories, and will perform this in February at Louis Brier.
The whole process is being documented with care and artistry by film-maker Jay Fox. The resultant short film will be ready in time for Purim, when it will be screened at Louis Brier (in March). Ginger will also be reaching out to community partners and other interested parties who may wish to screen this film, or link to it from their website. The project is a fantastic example of transformation and honoring individual expression – as each participant has the chance to freely explore their creative narratives. It is also a great example of how Jewish themes and ideas can be made meaningful for a population of participants which includes people of many backgrounds (not only Jewish).
For more information please contact Ginger Lerner at firstname.lastname@example.org