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The Paper Architect touch

29 Jul

by Maria Zherebtsova

When was the last time that, as a grown-up, you have been touched by magic? Well, it happened to me last Thursday at exactly 9pm, when I, together with a rather scared looking group of people, not more than 10 people in total, were ushered into a room made completely out of cardboard. Then, the lights went out and after two minutes I no longer remembered that I was in Leytonstone Library, but already somewhere far away. Curious thing – the mind!

The Paper Architect Leytonstone review

The Paper Architect Culture

The Paper Architect is a story of a creative person never being quite alone despite his worldly solitude and asceticism, of the infinite power of the mind to challenge the reality of what you “see”. It is a play about the fragility of this process and of the dangers of “real” life for someone with the power of imagination so vast that we can really make static paper objects come alive.

It is pure alchemy going on in front of your eyes. It is your own private magic.

The play touched me incredibly, to tears actually and not because it was incredibly sad (which I suppose it was), but because I really felt like a kid. They were the tears of awe.

Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award

Davy & Kristin McGuire

The Paper Architect


ProSvet, an exhibition for Kids by Kids

21 May

ProSvet (About Light) is an exhibition for kids by kids. Hosted at Sotheby’s auction house in London next weekend 26-28 May 2012, the exhibition displays the artwork of children benefiting from the work of the Russian Podari Zhizn foundation.

The exhibition is titled “ProSvet (About Light)”, as each of the works on display reflects the theme of light. Dina Korzun, co-founder of the Gift of Life foundation says: “The main subject of the drawings is light, and the children have tried to express its essence through their bright, life-affirming works.”

The Y & O team is heading down to see the exhibition and take part in the workshops for kids, making paper lanterns and discussing the paintings. Hope you can join us there.

Here is what you can do with your kids next weekend – take them to see an inspiring exhibition: 26-28 of May 2012 Sotheby’s

The children whose work has been selected for the exhibition are presently undergoing lengthy and complex treatment for oncological and haematological diseases in clinics in Moscow and the surrounding region. Many are forced to spend months in hospital, where they discover remarkable creative abilities – they begin to draw, and to create collages and material art objects. Over the years of the foundation’s existence, it has been consistently demonstrated that the ability to be creative while in hospital is an important part of treating children. The young people stop seeing themselves as patients – as objects of pity and charity who are perpetually tied to their drips. They become authors who speak to the world on their own terms.