One of the good things that comes to the fortunate few when they reach the age of “venerability” is that they sometimes get invited to present their ideas to people they really care about.
Here, finally, is an example of one such moment (actually, a half-hour): a video of my keynote presentation to the 36th annual international conference of The Association for the Study of Play and 25th annual conference of the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play, 2010 Conference on Urban Play, Georgia State University, College of Education, March 10-13, 2010
For your collective and most deserving reference, I’ve also published the presentation online – at least what I thought was going to be the presentation until I actually presented it. You can find it here.
When you look at the document, you’ll find the clips about the Escravos de Jó singing game here. You’ll also find some images from some of the clips I showed from a marvelous video by Jules Oosterweigel called Playtime. Alas, it is not available. Hopefully soon something better will take its place.
But the gist is there. And a fun gist it is. It’s about street games as a kind of theater, and my lifelong exploration of that very connection.
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