Apr 2, 2012

Dementia Generation: An Exaltation of Larks

D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks will be a full-length theater piece based on stories written by groups of people with late-stage dementia. It will be performed by a cast of puppets, the residents of a care-facility. It will contain an original score and original video segments that take us into the world of people who live with dementia.

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This project is interesting and the collaborators need a little bit of help in order to take down their KickStarter financing.

Here is how it works. The collaborators need to reach $9,000 in pledges by April 13. If they reach $8,999 they get bumpkiss, zero, nada, nixy.

Here is the good news. The project has pledges of $8,025 right now. So they are almost at their goal. The project has 122 backers so far. You can pledge as little as one dollar.

Take a look at the video below and then decide. If you think the project is worthwhile, go here to pledge a few bucks.

Take a peak inside the Sandglass Theater workshop to see how the puppets for D-Generation were constructed.

If you don't see the video go here.

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The collected stories, which are associative and non-linear, were gathered by Sandglass Theater’s performers during 20 visits to care facilities, during which circles of people with dementia were guided through a collective story–making process. These stories reveal a humor, and playfulness, as well as the darker side of the disease, and they stand on their own as dramatic material from a remarkable source. The stories, combined with the compelling process of writing them, form the inspiration for D-Generation.

The piece explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists even in people with late-stage dementia. Their words and images, their creative imaginations, yield work that is poetic, humorous, and quite mysterious. From these stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner life of the characters, and creates a piece that reflects both the stigma and the emergence, the despair and the joy, that is equally present and possible, in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers and family members.

D-Generation has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Jim Henson Foundation, The Clowes Fund, and Fresh Sound Foundation.

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