Peter Davison performs for school audience
Studies clearly show impressive benefits of arts education on students' learning ability, creativity, motivation, attitude, and attendance!
Acclaimed movement artist Peter Davison has tailored his art to create several programs aimed at young audiences. He has worked with Think 360 Arts (Colorado's Young Audiences organization) since 1992. Enjoy exploring the offerings below.
"The audience loved the show - they laughed, cheered, and talked about the performance for the rest of the day!"
—Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, Colorado
Grades 3 and up
Peter Davison's adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest

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Available as a 40-minute video or 50-minute live performance

New for 2020

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 Shakespeare's wonderful words, 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.
Grades K through 8
LocoMotion - The Science & Circus Arts Show, with Peter Davison

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A 50-minute live performance

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
Grades K and up
Peter Davison's vaudeville-inspired movement show

A 50-minute live performance

A celebration of the imagination! Remember when you were a kid and it was more fun to play with the box than the gift that came inside of it? Peter takes that kind of childlike ingenuity to a professional level with hilarious physical theatre, amazing juggling, graceful dancing, and engaging audience participation.

Vaudeville-inspired and thoughtful, this unique mix of movement arts provides a new perspective on the things around us. From an aerial "ballet" with inflated garbage bags, to a precarious battle of balance with a table and chair, Peter captivates all ages while revealing how fun ordinary stuff can be!

"The highlight for me was sitting in the audience next to a senior patron who several times grabbed my arm gasping and exclaiming "amazing," "unbelievable," "how did he do that" and at the same time catching the overwhelming joy of a four-year old patron who sat behind us bubbling with laughter and amazement throughout the entire performance."
—Scott Doser, Artistic Director, Palm Theatre, Telluride, 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