Wonderbolt has a long history of working with Youth and Aboriginal communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Working in partnership with schools, community groups and the Aboriginal communities in Newfoundland and Labrador we have created a positive, focussed, gender inclusive Physical Arts Program that provides multiple doorways for participation and has given youth a whole new perspective on physical activity.
We have toured the coast of Labrador on numerous occasions and helped create a series of workshops and a performance festival in Sheshatshiu and Natuashish for ever a decade. In 2011 we brought our Physical Arts Program to the Miawpukek First Nation in Conne River. In 2016 we began a project to establish Circus Clubs and workshops and performances in the physical arts in all the Nunatsiavut communities on the northern coast of Labrador.
Our first phase of this project took place in Rigolet during two, one week sessions in February and April 2016. In the first week we brought up over a thousand dollars of circus equipment which we left with the school and did a series of workshops based on circus skills and the physical arts. during the follow up week we did more work shops culminating in a show for the entire community.
In Feb. 2018 we will return to Northern Lights Academy, Rigolet. We will work with all 62 students in this kindergarten to grade 12 school and their seven teachers and explore the traditional Inuit stories of the northern lights with elders in the community. Then they will work with circus theatre artists Beni Malone, Ruth Lawrence and Susan Jarvis to create circus and clown theatre style scenes based on the traditional stories. The project will culminate in a performance of the scenes the students have created for the local community.
We will also expand the project to J.C. Erhardt Memorial school in Makkovik. As part of their physical education classes, and to support school goals of encouraging physical activity and supporting self-confidence in students, 74 students in kindergarten to grade 12 will work with circus/theatre artists to explore circus skills and clown theatre techniques through a weeklong series of exercises and workshops. The project will engage students in a unique personally expressive activity with an ultimate goal to develop a circus skills club in the school.