Lighting Fires in Kids Eyes
By Lyne Pringle
There were two waves or phases to the project.
• Phase 1 St Kilda St Clair Project and Forbury School residency
For five months I spent three days a week at Forbury School, working on dance with 145 pupils and their teachers exploring oceanic themes and finding ways to express this in movement.
• Phase 2 Ocean Wave Project
The community concert Ocean Wave, held on September 2nd 2011, brought together the other threads of the project.
An after school contingent of Forbury pupils performed a 12-minute dance to a Gareth Farr work, Waipiro, played by the St Kilda Brass Band. Professional dancers from the University’s Dance Lab and Ake Ake Theatre performed a reconstructed surf lifesaving drill from the 1950s.
The Forbury kids, sat through the entire Ocean Wave concert as their item was last, and in the end it felt as if the entire project was for these diverse 15 children. The looks on their ecstatic faces in the curtain call and the tears in the eyes of many audience members said it all. Simply beautiful!
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