WAKAKIRRI’S 2018 performance season has kicked off in a spectacular fashion, with 235 schools and hundreds of Primary and Secondary school students taking to the stage at professional theatres across Australia to perform Story Dances that reflect their thoughts, ideas and aspirations through dance and drama.
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The Wakakirri Story Dance Association Incorporated is a not-for-profit organisation that uses storytelling, the oldest form of learning, as it’s focus for providing innovative educational programs to schools in a manner that resonates with contemporary youth culture.
Wakakirri’s ‘National Panel’ are searching for the ‘Story of the Year’.
Last week in Newcastle six schools performed at the historic Civic Theatre and walked the red carpet with VIPs including show host Casey Burgess (“it girl” and former Hi-5 front-woman) and Wakakirri Panel Representative Katie Kermond (theatre maker behind shows like Spiegel’esque). With so many strong performances the competition was tight. Wakakirri is proud to announce the results.
Medowie Public School won the Best Indigenous Australian Story Award for ‘Believe’, a coming of age story about a young Aboriginal woman.
Wakakirri National Panel Judge and theatre practitioner Katie Kermond applauded the school’s efforts.
“I loved the energy of your performance and the high level of presentation,” she said.
“Well done and lots of potential,” Ms Kermond told News Of The Area.
The Medowie School’s performance ‘Beleive’ begins in a modern-day classroom, where students are discussing what they want to be when they grow up.
This story shows the nature of a young Aboriginal women who feels as though her identity is lost but realises she can be the person she wants to be and stay true to her cultural values.