LE Lower Elementary | Performance Guide
Kindur (Icelandic Sheep) The quest for food causes Icelandic sheep to travel great distances weathering dramatic seasonal changes. Kindur showcases the extraordinary beauty of the natural world of Iceland— glaciers, northern lights, geysers, waterfalls—and their impact on the humblest of animals. Using sensors and motion capture technologies, two dancers and a singer tell a story of the seasons with breathtaking scenery and visual effects, where sound and image magically interact. Photo credit: TPO
Learning Standards: Oral and Visual Communications; Social Studies – Geography – Interaction of People and the Environment; Visual Arts; Theater; Music and Dance.
Ready, Set, Show! Photo credit: TPO
About the Artists and Art Form
Teatro di Piazza D’Occasione (TPO) is an Italian company that has created visual theater for children for the past 28 years. The company explores new ways to use technology with dance, music, visual art and poetry. Their design for Kindur creates a unique scenic space. The set structure includes a projection on a large vertical screen at the back of the playing space. A “carpet” on the floor is a technologically responsive surface on which dancers dance, students walk and light is projected. The interactivity of the performance is accomplished with sensory optics. Infrared video cameras and sensors detect movement and the computer then projects specific images on the dance floor and walls. Images of the grasslands, outlines of the sheep pens and the ethereal aurora borealis are projected on the screen.
Each scene of the performance describes an aspect of sheep life in Iceland. Ask student to read for information to prepare for the performance. Their experiences in the performance will support their understanding of the text. > A Flock of Sheep – Many sheep live on the island of Iceland. Vikings brought sheep to Iceland a thousand years ago. The word for sheep in Iceland is kindur. > The Sheep Pen – Sheep gather in a pen shaped like a wheel. Sheep follow their leader. Leader sheep guide the flock from a pasture to the sheep pen. > The Wind – Iceland has two seasons, winter and summer. The winter wind is strong and cold. The summer wind is cool and wet. > The Snowy Winter – Sheep grow wooly coats in winter. Snow falls on the sheep in winter. The sheep’s thick coat keeps them warm during the snowy winter. > The Aurora Borealis – (pronounced “uh-ROHR-uh Boor-ee-ALiss” ) Northern Lights are known as the aurora borealis. The lights in the sky are green and white. The colors of the Northern Lights shimmer and change as the atmosphere changes. > The Spring – Spring is a season of plant growth in Iceland. One fourth of the island is covered with growing plants. Sheep feed on the plants and grasses that grow in the spring. > The Journey Across the Island – Sheep make a journey across the island. They walk by icy mountains, hot volcanoes and rushing streams. Sometimes they can see the Atlantic Ocean. > The Trolls – Trolls are characters in many folk tales of Iceland. In stories trolls are huge, strong and ugly. Trolls do nice things for people who do nice things for them.
About the Sheep and Iceland
The Icelandic sheep is one of the world’s oldest and purest breeds of sheep and were brought to Iceland by the Vikings. Highly intelligent and displaying special alertness, these sheep came to be known as the leader sheep as they often helped farmers manage other sheep on the pasture. Icelandic sheep are medium sized; ewes (females) average 130160 pounds while rams average 180-220 pounds. They are short legged and stocky and their face and legs are free of wool. When they have their thick coat of wool, they can easily survive a harsh, cold winter.
About the Story
TPO explores new ways to use technology with dance, music, visual art and poetry. Kindur tells the story of the adventures of sheep in Iceland in a sequence of scenes. The subject of each Kindur scene is listed on the right.
Kindur (Icelandic Sheep) / Performance Guide
Pre and Post-Performance Activities Making Predictions
Moving in a Flock
Each season brings with it different
Sheep move in a flock. When the leaders
Read about Icelandic sheep online or in
weather patterns. In summer, the weather
turn in one direction, the rest of the sheep
your library. Compare sheep brought to
is sweltering hot, air is humid like the
follow. The followers trust that the leaders
Iceland by the Vikings to other animals like
bathroom after a hot shower, and there are
will take them where they need to go. When
pigs and horses that were brought to North
soft breezes. Describe the weather during
a flock is moving, it appears as if all the
America by Spanish Explorers. Horses that
each season. Make sure to use adjectives
sheep are connected. What other animals
escaped became the wild mustangs that
and similes. Predict how you think the
move as flocks? When do humans follow as
migrated across the Great Plains. Pigs
dancers in Kindur will move to show the
a flock? How do participants in a flock or
became the wild razorback hogs that lived
weather in each of the seasons.
other group communicate without talking?
in Arkansas before it became a state in
What books, movies, music does this type
1836. Discuss things that are the same
of relationship remind you of? Where do you
and things that are different between kindur
see this kind of following happening in the
(Icelandic sheep) and razorback hogs. How
world around us?
does knowing about Icelandic sheep help us learn about animals in Arkansas? Why is it important to learn about animal habits and habitats around the world?
Post-Performance Activities Creative Assessment Imagine that you own a travel agency and want to encourage people to travel to Iceland. Create a travel brochure. In it, describe what tourists will see (the landscape), what they can do (climb mountains, whale watching, etc. ) and what they will eat. Tell your customers about the history of Iceland and the mystery of the Trolls. After you design your brochure, present the information to the class. Visit these travel sites to help get you started on your project: > www.visiticeland.com > www.frommers.com/destinations/iceland Photo credit: TPO
> www.lonelyplanet.com/iceland > http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/ iceland-guide/ > www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3396.htm > www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/sheep/icelandic/index.htm
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Reflect and Assess After the Performance Using partners, have students consider each question, record their answers and then share their responses with the rest of the class.
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>What did you think about Kindur? What part(s) of the production do you remember? What questions do you have? >Describe the characters in Kindur. Who were they? What were they doing? Why? >What did you already know about Iceland and Icelandic Sheep before the performance? What do you know now?
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>If you were in the performance of Kindur, how would you play each of the
Laura Goodwin, VP Learning & Engagement
characters? Why would you perform them that way?
Dr. Patricia Relph, Arts Learning Specialist
>How did the set help tell the story? What sounds did you hear?
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>How did the performance make you feel?
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>What moment in the play do you remember most?
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>Write a description of that moment for someone who was unable to experience
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>What questions do you have for the artists?
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