Commedia dell’ Arte with Fools in Progress – Viva Commedia!

Fools In Progress Inc. is a theatre company specialised in COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE with over a decade of experience in schools. Their program FOOLS IN SCHOOLS includes the new production of VIVA COMMEDIA! With stunning original renaissance costumes, exotic stage setting, and handmade leather masks VIVA COMMEDIA! is the perfect show to celebrate Italian culture with the traditional stock characters of Arlecchino, Capitano, Colombina, Pantalone and many, many others. Engaging, informative but most of all fun for students and teachers alike.

Lion Dance Kids

The Race of the 12 Zodiacs & The Lion Dance Story is both an important part of the Chinese Celebration of the Lunar New Year. This workshop introduces the concept of courage to kids. Narrating a young girls journey to explore the origins of Chinese New Year. We provide help kids identify their zodiac animal, allowing them to identify with the strengths of the animal to empower them to face fears. We introduce Lion Dancing props, instruments and costumes to the kids. So they can have an upfront experience with the costumes.

French Music

‘La musique des années folles en France’ refers to the music of the post-war years of the roaring 20s which swept across the world. Multi-instrumentalists Peter and Marie Rappolt have been playing live music together since 1969 for this program they are joined by French cabaret singer Corrine Andrew to form ‘Viva the Trio’. The trio play music from legends like Edith Piaf, Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet and Josephine Baker and contextualize the music by introducing the lyrics, instruments and cultural context in French and English according to the student’s level.

Music of Southern Italy

In this interactive workshop, students will discover the rhythms and sounds of the traditional music styles of southern Italy. The castanettes, the diatonic accordion, the tamburello, the putipu and the ciaramella are some of the instruments that bring energy and melody to this program! Then, with the infectious live music backing them, students will practice the lively folk dance the Tarantella.

Tirol Dancing

Join Rowan for an incredible performance of high energy, intricate Bavarian folk dances. He will demonstrate various German and Austrian traditional dances such as the Waltz, Polka and Zwiefacher. Students will also have the chance to learn how to do the energetic  Schuhplattler– the famous German slap dance. MUSIC – Learning balance, space awareness, coordination – Value dance works from Australia and other societies, cultures and times – Recognise differences in dance works from different times, cultures and societies SOCIETY & ENVIRONMENT – Ensure that schooling contributes to a socially cohesive society that respects and appreciates cultural, social and religious diversity – Students interact with people and cultures other than their own and are equipped to contribute to the global community LOTE – Intercultural knowledge and language awareness – Develop an understanding of some of the differences in how people eat and dress, sign and gesture, write and say things – Inspires interest in and respect for other cultures

Viva Mexico – A Journey to Mexico through Music & Culture

Victor Valdes performs with instruments including the Mexican harp, Mexican and Spanish guitars, violin and trumpet. Students will learn folk dances and meanings of Spanish lyrics found in La Bamba and other popular songs. Victor will explain the cultural history of the instruments and the Charro suit worn by the Mariachis.

Hip-Hop Infusion

In this high-energy interactive program students will discover the significance of hip-hop and urban dance culture around the world. Using a variety of super-dance able beats our presenters will create an atmosphere that will have all students up and dancing. This is the perfect introduction to the expressive, powerful world of hip-hop!

Doudoumba Drumming

Philippe Lincy was born in Guadeloupe and grew up in Guinea and Senegal before moving to Paris and finally Australia. This drumming workshop centres around the Djembe and Dunun from West Africa. Students will learn about different cultural styles of drumming and other instruments like the shekere. This program can be taught in English and French.

Shorat Tursun Trio, Sound of Multicultural Australia

The Shohrat Tursun Trio is a combination of ancient melodies and African rhythms woven into compositions that can only be found in Australia. Shohrat Tursun is a world renowned musician and Uygur Bard, Yaw Derkyi is a Ghanaian elder and percussionist and Richard Petkovic provides the modern twist by actively inviting the musicians to share their cultures in a new way.

Kinder Dreamtime with Larry Brandy

Larry Brandy is an Aboriginal storyteller with thirty years of experience. In this program tailored to younger students he introduces his Wiradjuri culture with a focus on the significance of family, the environment and everyday life. Masks and artefacts are shown to the children to explain how Aboriginal people hunted in traditional times. Students learn a dance with clapsticks and boomerangs and dance in a small Corroboree.