Preview: Puzzle combines colourful shapes and fun movement
Dansema Dance Theatre's show is an active experience for ages 0–3
If you find your baby or toddler responding well to Dansema Dance Theatre's interactive show, Puzzle, it's for a good reason.
Lithuanian choreographer Birutė Banevičiūtė researched and studied child psychology and body language in preparation for the show, looking for ideas that attract, and hold, the interest of young children.
'For the very small there needs to be bright colours, shapes, and movement that reflect how they move themselves,' she explains. 'It's also important to allow them enough time to recognise and understand what they see, and to make it an active experience, not a passive one.'
And when she says active, she really means active. Sitting still during Puzzle will be an impossibility for many toddlers – and that's just how Banevičiūtė likes it.
'We not only allow them to stand, bounce and sway while they watch the performance, we positively encourage it!' she says. 'And at the end it's important to give them the chance to fully get into the action - to touch and feel what they've been watching, discover how the objects work and begin to develop their own expression.'
ZOO, 5-20 Aug (not 7, 14), 11.45am, £5.