Moving Star performs immersive opera for children
Otoyotoy is immersive music theater for children and their parents/carers. Created by Zoe Palmer in collaboration with composers Thomas Cabaniss and Saskia Lane and performed by vocal ensemble Moving Star, Otoyotoy invites audiences to play in a world that unfolds within a vocal tapestry and that mimics and interacts with children’s explorations. Using simple puppetry techniques, minimal costuming, and an open space, Otoyotoy is flexible and adaptable to a wide-range of performance venues.
NOOMA is a new opera for babies (ages 0-2) that uses parachutes to create an intimate world of wonder and interaction. Audiences will be invited into a world that expands and contracts around them, immersed in the parachute's movements as it becomes a metaphor for breathing. NOOMA promises to delight parents watching children respond to a sensory world especially designed to allow space for their children's unique contributions. Combining imaginative visual design with engaging songs and vocal improvisation, the three-member cast will interact with small groups of children and parents who join for each performance. The implicit message will encourage parents and children to “breathe together” (n.b. Nooma is derived from the root pneuma, meaning breath and spirit or soul.).
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