Ochre Contemporary Dance Company at ASC

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Ochre Contemporary Dance Company at ASC

All Saints’ College believes engaging students with Arts professionals enriches their learning experience and allows them to have a broader understanding of the industry.

This was the premise behind a partnership with the Ochre Contemporary Dance Company as a Company-in-Residence this year.

All Saints’ College Head of Performing Arts Stephen Roberts said he hope this residency will be the start of a beautiful relationship.

“Working with professionals will provide All Saints’ students with an experience of creativity, dexterity and work ethic needed to succeed in a highly competitive, demanding industry. Our students will benefit from the sheer dynamism and diversity of the Ochre Contemporary Dance Company,” he said.

Students will have the opportunity to work with talented Aboriginal and non-Indigenous dancers and staff, who tell Australian stories through contemporary dance.

Year 11 dance students will work with Aboriginal dancer and choreographer, Simon Stewart, who has held a role of Sessional Lecturer in Dance at WAAPA for over a decade and has been a regular choreographer for Ochre.

Simon will work with the students over the course of the year in the areas of contemporary dance technique, storytelling through contemporary dance, and choreographic and staging techniques to develop a piece of work to be performed at the All Saints’ College annual Dance Concert in the Centre for Performing Arts on 13 and 14 August 2014.

A number of other Ochre dancers, including former All Saints’ student Linton Aberle (Class of 2009), will teach interested students in after school workshops. These classes will focus on Jazz technique, choreography and improvisation, contemporary technique and floorbarre.

Ochre Contemporary Dance Company Founding Director Louise Howden-Smith OAM said allowing All Saints’ students to access professional dancers allows them a tangible feeling to the notion of dance as a career.

“The dancers provide an aspirational example for fledgling dancers, and help the students understand potential career pathways to realise these dreams. In addition, because Ochre is a mixed Aboriginal and non-Indigenous company the students are exposed to many wide and varied examples of the contemporary dance genre.” she said.

In addition to the dance workshops, Drama students in Years 11 and 12 will have access to over 50 years of theatre experience in Ochre’s Technical Director, David Mogridge and Ochre’s Set Designer Matthew McVeigh will work with the students, tutoring them in the area of Set Design and Construction.

“The students will experience creativity and be encouraged to explore areas of the Arts that can be obstructed by curriculum demands and will discover things about themselves, cultures, philosophies and expressions that were unknown to them,” Stephen said.

                                                                                                      Ochre Contemporary Dance Company at All Saints College

  Ochre Contemporary Dance Company teaching All Saints' Students

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