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Artists at school


Laurentides

Robert Bourdon

Performing arts
Storytelling

Presentation

Robert Bourdon

Robert Bourdon is Métis/Micmac. In high school with the Jesuits, he was involved in musical theatre as a singer, actor and musician. At age seventeen, Robert became one of the musical directors of "A package of care", a choir composed of sixty singers accompanied by twelve musicians. Later he worked in the penal system as a resource person (traditional approach) for Aboriginal men, then with young people in a social reintegration context. For the last 15 years, he has been active in the universe of storytelling, giving expression to his artistic, human and social concerns. He has made numerous tours in Quebec, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Lebanon, the USA and Canada. In 2009, he received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to write stories on the Métis-Voyageurs.

Proposed approach and type of activities


The talking circle

The proposed workshop promotes oral expression and self-confidence.

Listening phase
With the help of his hand drum, the storyteller starts off with a traditional Mi'kmag story and chant in order to break the ice and put students in context. However, he does not finish the story…

Creation phase
Accompanied by the artist, students are invited, in small groups, to imagine the ending of the story. Various Amerindian cultural elements will be explored and the most eventful endings will be integrated in the story. Young people learn to express themselves in different ways while exploring various facets of their imagination to create a presentation.

Presentation phase
After having determined the canvas, students perform the story. This activity allows participants to work on the narrative, the characters, the structure of the story, the rhythm, the delivery and body language.


Other examples of activities

The talking stick
The talking stick has long been a tool used by the Amerindian Nations. The stick, in the hands of an individual, allows him/her to express themselves without being interrupted. By passing the talking stick around the circle, students are given the chance to address the workshop participants in order to create a collective story. This story can take a dramatic, humoristic or magical turn where logic makes way for the free expression of the most vivid imagination possible.

The gathering basket
Accompanied by the storyteller and objects from the Amerindian tradition (birch bark basket, deer horn, drum, medicine bowl, rattle, dream catcher, tikinagan, beaver skin, sweet grass, sage, etc), students, working in small groups, are asked to create a story. Once young people have determined the essential elements, they tell the story. This activity notably allows them to work on all the elements of the story including the narrative, the description of the environment and the characters, the structure, the rhythm, the delivery, the intonation, body language and the moments of silence.


Special conditions


For information

Robert Bourdon
Phone : 819 623-7158
Email : chemin_de_terre@hotmail.com

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)

No

Levels

Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6, Secondary 1, Secondary 2, Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5

Available in

In every regions

Other language(s)

French

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