RCC were invited to participate in a nationwide project for the London 2012 Olympics. Stories of the World is an innovative project that enables people of all backgrounds, from across the UK, to become ‘curators’ of the collections and objects held in museums, libraries and archives.The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum (http://www.captcook-ne.co.uk) approached the Visual and Performing Arts Faculty and asked us if we would like to be involved. The project would investigate Captain Cook, the North East’s most famous sea-faring son in particular when he discovered Australia.
To start the project we invited Francis Firebrace (http://www.newagemultimedia.com/firebrace/ ,an Australian Aborigine who travels the world ‘Story Telling’ and Performing based on Aborigine Culture.
He told us the tale of the ‘Rainbow Lorikeet’, demonstrated dance movements that the hunters used and showed us typical Aborigine Paintings. The staff and students then used this as the inspiration for the performance in February 2011.
Year 10 Drama students re-created their own version of the ‘Tale of the Rainbow Lorikeet along with updated versions of similar stories. Their stories looked at inclusion and bullying.
The Year 10 Art students created a wonderful mosiac which used a similar technique which Francis Firebrace had shown them. An artist named Bub Bacon guided the students through the process.
The Year 10 Dance Students created a 3 part piece of choreography which introuduced the different types of animals that live in the Australian Outback, and helped tell the ‘Tale of Rainbow Lorikeet’. The Dancers were also given the opportunity to work with Green Screen Technology to create the moving backdrop of the performance.
There were some year 8 students who designed and created the costumes that the dancers wore for the performance.
The final performance was fantastic and really showed how all the different art forms can work togther. The students were extremely professional and performed brilliantly.
Here are some videos created by John Quinn who was commissioned by the ‘Stories of the World’ project work with the students and teachers to document the developement of the project.
http://vimeo.com/groups/84538/videos/24680357 the art project
http://vimeo.com/groups/84538/videos/22339737 the dance project
http://vimeo.com/groups/84538/videos/21342752 the drama project
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