The Little Merperson
The Little Merperson
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Bring your kids to this exciting fantasy fueled workshop where we’ll make a life size merperson tail together. We’ll be using all kinds of fabulous materials from pearls to pipe cleaners. When we are finished making the tail together, we’ll be joined by a real merperson who’ll read us the story of The Little Merperson.
✨Everything you need to know✨
The Little Merperson workshop is inspired by the project Rethinking The Little Mermaid. The project looks at popular narratives like The Little Mermaid through a trans and queer lens to suggest new alternative readings into the story. The story of The Little Merperson is a rewrite of the original story of The Little Mermaid written by H.C. Andersen in 1837 which continues to touch lives to this day.
During the workshop we’ll be putting our imaginations to work with questions like; What do merpeople look like? What kind of merpersons are we? Would we like to live our lives with mertails? Will be doing this all while decorating the tail together with lots of exciting and sensory materials, having fun and munching snacks. The workshop will help the kids invent and explore their own merperson, and in doing so get them to investigate how they see themselves and how they can activate fantasy in their own identities.
When the merperson tail has been fully decorated we will take a little break while Inga transforms themself into the merperson using the tail we just made together, the kids will then be brought back to this surprise visitor from the deep to enjoy a reading of the story of The Little Merperson – a text rewritten by Inga.
We wanted to grow up with options, options of sexualities and genders, to grow up without wardrobe restrictions or colour codes or the ‘’makeup is only for some and not for all’’. It might be too late for us, but we have got the chance to create that future for the kids growing up now.
Kolbrún Inga Söring works across media including writing, performance, video and large scale installation. In their work they explore how bodies can be used to subvert and protest the ideals and myths of masculine desire and our cis-heteronormative society at large. Central to this is how they use Autotheory to unpack both popular tales and their own troubled relationships with these tales and the norms they support. For example, in their most recent project Rethinking The Little Mermaid, Inga appropriates the original narrative of ‘The Little Mermaid’ Through their own experiences. Key themes in their work include: self-representational body politics, body modification and politics of desire.