But when we work with so many variables like Non-formal Education, Partners, Music, Art, Culture(s), Communities, Ethnicities and, most important of all, People, we are always subject to changes in our plans.
The last two weeks dictated two changes in our group from Lameiras… First, someone from one of the families died and because of this two of our kids was forbidden by their parents to go to Porto. We was reduced to 3 kids and it wouldn’t be the same but we could still manage to present a nice show. Then a wedding appeared for the day of the concert so two girls got out of the plan leaving the group with only one boy.
We was sad that we had to cancel the participation of the kids from Lameiras in FATT Indoor but this is the life of a group like ours!
In the last session we had great things happening. Here is a celebration to returns and group ownership!
Markus changed his routines so in the last weeks he tends to sleep in the moment we have our session in Lameiras. The kids sometimes ask for him and Terese, if everything is ok with them. As I was arriving to the session all the kids ran into the room and forbid me to enter so they could prepare a surprise for me…
As I entered the room they started the show we prepared in December. The main leader for all this was that kid that was out of the sessions for some weeks. We tried to go on with the show but some thing didn’t work out as smooth as we wished (they arrived to the part where I should lead with clapsticks and didgeridoo and I had not yet unpacked them). I thanked them for organizing this surprise and their initiative and we went for warm up. Another return was from one of the girls that had been out for some weeks and it felt very good to have the full group again together.
The group was in a very nice mood already. They all participated in the warm up and then we went for the session. I wanted to work on the show and on new possibilities and sounds but our sessions are becoming very interesting so a lot of other kids keep sneaking at the windows and this is quite disturbing for the group. We spent some time speaking about why the others want to see the session and if it’s more important for the to participate or to be covering the windows.
We had the opportunity to do some leadership exercises and almost all the kids tried to direct the others buy placing themselves in front of the group and proposing rhythms or sounds for the others to imitate. It’s not always easy for them but I it’s important that they practice while at the same time they feel the difficulty of leading.
In the end, while we was distributing the tape for their didgeridoos, some kids just took the clapsticks and a boomwhacker and started playing in group while playing percussion. Slowly we are feeling that some results we wanted are coming to happen: the kids come regularly to the sessions, they understand that they must be on time, they experiment more, they follow instructions and rules and above all participate in the sessions.
In this session we was using Boomwhackers, incorporating gipsy clapping in a song and working in our next concert…
In this session I wanted the kids to try some more musical exercises and to take a new role and teach me some gipsy clapping that we could eventually integrate in the show.
The musical exercises was made with Boomwhackers and it was a great moment. All the three had the opportunity to play and to conduct the group. I love to see their faces when they have the chance to control the sound of the group. One of the girls has a particularly interesting sense of rythm, these moments are perfect to reveal these skills.
Then we moved to the gipsy clapping. Some time ago I was on another urbanization here in Famalicão and I jammed a little bit with César, he was mostly singing but also clapping. It’s almost impossible no to enjoy, specially with the didgeridoo. So I asked this group if they could share with me some clapping rythms. Our “beat” girl jumped in immediately.
We was working on integrating this pattern with the didgeridoo but concentration was not on the highest levels so we was just trying some ideas.
In the end of the session, that kid that was missing came for a visit. I asked if he was still with us and he said yes. Let’s see if he comes back in the future!
Preparations for FATT Indoor’s concert start! That’s right, Lameiras will be performing at this event in March.
Some adjustments are going on the group… The kid that was missing the last session didn’t appear in this session neither and we have another participant that is moving out of the neighborhood so has stopped coming. We are now working with three kids but the work keeps going and all groups experience times like these.
We was rehearsing the new song and the kids asked if they could show it to their friends, which shows that they are proud of their creations and this was one of our objectives in this work.
One of the kids proposed a funny movement with the didgeridoo, a little bit like an old school clown with an umbrella, right in the end of the song. It was so cute that I asked him to keep it for the presentation and he became shy on doing it on stage and said he wouldn’t do it again. I asked if he could do it on the rehearsal just one more time and after he wouldn’t do it more. We agreed but when we invited the friends to come and watch he did it again because he started understanding it really works. This is one of our principles: we don’t force nothing, we just encourage them to work on their own proposals.
This week we will try to speak with the boy that’s been missing to see why he is not coming and if he wants to come back!
This time we had visitors! Two students from sociocultural studies came to see our session with kids from Lameiras!
Like always we had a warm up and learned the names of our guests! And started to prepare new show! You never know when you have an invitation for concert so it is better to be ready
closing the session
This week is quite sad… news about Artiva-te project… and in here we had quite difficult relationship with one of our kids. After last week’s session he didn’t wanted to come and see us… let’s see what next week brings to us. Shame but if next time he is not coming we will take it he doesn’t want any more to be member of the group. Each group has a rules and if you don’t want to follow them or at least try to adapt or look for solutions to fix problems, then maybe you need time to work out your self… it is shame but we are not losing the trust and waiting for him to come back!
And last session in Lameiras was that case, I came home completely smashed… but after this kind of sessions we get more energy to get
better and invest more in our work, specially how to work out difficult moments when kids does not listen you at all and do everything opposite then you say…
One of the kids from this group has some problems at home so sometimes he uses these sessions for his catharsis and creates some moments of tension with the other kids and with us. In this session he had a moment that he had to leave to spend some energy outside. After that the group managed to improve his didgeridoo playing and the started to create a new song.
If someone knows any solutions please be nice and share with us! We will certainly try them
Now it’s time to tell you about our performance in Centro Social das Lameiras, an institution that has some very nice social services and answers. It was our “closing” performance for the Christmas period… It was the last one this year
It was very a cute environment :)… first some Christmas songs and then: most beautiful, cutest and loveliest kids ever :)… they all performed in them way… from small to big. I think old people was enjoying a lot those honest creations
After small ones, came time to show off for residents of house! Elders choose very famous portuguese band Xutos e Pontapés and made noisy rock performance!!!I´m sure some of them was thinking “We are still alive and we can rock!” And it’s very beautiful….
After all, came Lameira’s round! Girls showed what they can do best: DANCE! “Cigana” and “Senhora” were dances that girls were performing and those dances were created by them with small help of Bruna, (social worker of Lameiras) from PASEC.
And then it was time for more noise!!! Our didgeridoo players went up on stage.
It happened like this… we started, and then… puffff… Nadia is calling everyone to taste her birthday cake!!! Why not? Specially that after this kind of invitation you can’t stop the kids and ask them to work! Any kind of kid would be accepting your suggestions for (class instead party cake) party chocolate cake instead of class ;)…