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Acclaimed movement artist Peter Davison has tailored his art to create programs aimed at young audiences. He has worked with Think 360 Arts (Colorado's Young Audiences organization) since 1992. Enjoy exploring the offerings below.
Grades K and up
Peter Davison's adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest

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The Tempest - A Fantasy in Motion!

Based on William Shakespeare's magical tale, with Peter as narrator and a troupe of household objects as the characters. This whimsical mix of storytelling and object theatre includes amazing movement and audience participation.

The objects ("such stuff as dreams are made on") provide a playful, engaging portrayal of the characters in the play. The narration keeps the story relatable for young audiences while snippets of the original text, in Elizabethan English, are an excellent introduction to Shakespeare and his art.

"It was such a great show. One of the preschools did a little quiz with their kiddos (3-5 yrs) after your performance. The children could name all the characters, knew what the props were for and knew the gist of the story! BRAVO! The teacher thought you did a brilliant job. Thank you so much for creating such a superb rendition of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" for little kids. It was such a hit!"
—Jeannie Stewart, Youth Program Specialist, Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride, Colorado

"You could do this just for adults, especially those afraid of Shakespeare!"
—An adult patron
Grades K through 8
LocoMotion - The Science & Circus Arts Show, with Peter Davison

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LocoMotion - Science & Circus!

Peter performs amazing juggling, balancing, spinning, unicycle, clowning, and more while revealing the Newtonian Physics behind the artistry. With lots of laughs, gasps, and participation, this program will excite audiences and get them thinking about—and experiencing—the science of motion.

Human and machine locomotion, Newton's Laws of Motion, center of gravity, gyroscopic action, centripetal force, friction, and other physical phenomena are revealed through captivating entertainment!

"Peter Davison's LocoMotion was a huge hit with our K-5 audiences! Peter performed 4 shows in our 1100 seat theatre, wowing the older students with his science tricks and delighting the younger crowds with his expert clowning and circus techniques. Teachers were thrilled with the show's curriculum connections, and the students remained engaged for the full hour, laughing and eagerly volunteering for the audience participation moments."
—Retta Leaphart, Arts Education & Outreach Coordinator, The Myrna Loy Center, Helena, Montana

"The audience loved the show - they laughed, cheered, and talked about the performance for the rest of the day!"
—Alyssa Parga, Director of Marketing & Development, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, Colorado
Grades K and up
Peter Davison presents workshops in physical theater, juggling, circus arts, & dance

Single session, or residency.

Peter presents workshops to support the above programs, or as stand alone events. Drawing from physical theatre, dance, and circus, workshops are tailored to the appropriate curriculum areas and needs of the students.

Previous workshop examples:

• Week-long Science & Circus Arts residency for fourth graders at three schools in district
• One hour Juggling Workshop for university department heads
• Two week "Vaudeville" movement residency for fourth & fifth graders working with P.E. teacher
• Month long Juggling & Mime residency for third graders working with music teacher, leading to performance for school community
• Four-session residency for high school students in art focus program