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Light Pickers by Polyglot Theatre

When

25 Jun 2019 – 29 Jun 2019

Where

Oratory

When

25 Jun 2019 – 29 Jun 2019

Where

Oratory

Small children are irresistibly drawn to sources of light. Young ones can explore this natural fascination in the ever-changing, glowing scenery of Light Pickers, an immersive and interactive installation for children aged 5 and under.

Babies and toddlers are gently invited to enter a dark space, following a path of light. Abstract, organic shapes fill this space above and below, infusing the darkness with light and sound. Participants can touch, move and interact with the objects, transforming the dark space into a light picture that shifts and changes throughout the session with the children’s currents of creativity. Their exploration and play with the evolving tide of light and sound inspires fascination, wonder and fun.

This work evokes images of the depths below the surface of the sea, where darkness is profound and the creatures must illuminate their world. Light Pickers sees the very young making choices that transform the space, giving meaning to an abstract scene. We see them navigate their way through the darkness as they play and connect with the light – a metaphor for hope and the power of creative minds.

This is a space where adults and children can play and sculpt with light side by side, where children can lead safely and with authority, and the adult can follow, spellbound at the shapes that are created.

Designed, created and performed by: Mischa Long, Stefanie Robinson and Glen Walton. Production manager and costume maker: Hannah Murphy

About Polyglot Theatre

Based in the Convent’s Sacred Heart building, Polyglot Theatre is Australia’s leading creator of interactive and participatory theatre for children and families. Polyglot’s distinctive artistic philosophy has placed the Company at the forefront of international contemporary arts experiences for babies and children up to 12 years, meeting with professional acclaim and recognition around the world.

About Convent Kids

Convent Kids is a year-round program developed by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) for children and families to explore and create art together. Delivered in collaboration with leading artists and educators, Convent Kids is designed to foster lifelong engagement with the arts and improve educational outcomes by firmly placing children at the centre of arts and cultural activity.

Light Pickers is supported by the City of Yarra. Polyglot Theatre is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne.