A GARDEN IN THE SHAPE OF DREAMS

A GARDEN IN THE SHAPE OF DREAMS

There is a mountain made with plastic grass. Behind it, the head of a performer named Arantxa peeking out with blonde hair.

A performer named Mar is covered with a sky blue cotton blanket making a ghost shape

Christopher hugs performers Vanessa and Butch. Below, a mountain of fabrics where the performer Arantxa hides and another performer named Mar rests on the ground sideways. Vanessa and Christopher wear masks and hats made from plastic grass.

A Garden in the Shape of Dreams meditates on the isolation in the lives of children with disabilities and the creative play as a complex response to external circumstances like times of hardship and trauma.

This form of play is often referred to as Paracosm, a persistent evocation of an imagined place inhabited by imagined people or beings. Disabled children build these narratives in the secrecy of hiding places. 

Photo credit: Paula Court. Courtesy of The Kitchen.