Thursday, June 7, 2018

All about Dance. "RRAC Dance".

The patter of little feet, the giggles, the challenge and the joy. 

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council (RRAC) has been working to propel dance into the local artistic repertoire. Through an ongoing partnership with Country Arts WA, The Regional Arts Partnership Program presented an opportunity for RRAC to further nurture the love for Dance. 

Since the dance project (a long term goal of the organisation) was pitched in 2016, RRAC has coordinated a network of professionals, partnerships and tools that is delivering a dance program across 5 regional towns, giving every school child the opportunity to participate. Aimed to enhance liveability, connection and opportunity, the "RRAC Dance Project" will continue into 2019. 

Our local pilot project was carried out in school Term 4 2017, in the schools and communities of Munglinup, Jerdacuttup, Hopetoun, Lake King, Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup, led by professional dance artist Alice Lee Holland (who flew in from Melbourne). Last year’s five-week ‘test run’ enabled professional insight, efficient scheduling and an effective mentorship program ahead of Term 1 2018. The mentorship of local dance enthusiasts is at the epicenter for the sustainability of dance activity in these regions.

The nine-week dance project in Term 1 2018 included mentorship for 6 dance enthusiasts living across Jerdacuttup, Munglinup, Ravensthorpe, Lake King and Jerramungup. As with Alice, our Mentees worked with professional dance artist Dr. Anja Ali-Haapala (from Brisbane) on a weekly basis. In-school classes were held in Munglinup, Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup. Adult classes were sucessful in Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun, and after school classes for children in Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe, Jerramungup and Lake King. Sound like a lot? Yes, trust us it’s a big project! 190 dance classes were taught in Term 1, to over 300 children and 24 adults. Anja drove over 7,200 kms during the 9-week residency!

Term 1 Feedback from Year 2 Students
Making sounds with my body is fun. (Body percussions)
The music and the moves make me feel happy.
Dancing makes me feel happy and excited.
I feel proud when I achieve something in dance.
I feel happy when I win musical statues and happy when I’m in the audience helping.

With community feedback and the insight from two professional dance artists, we will now prepare for the next Term of the project which will commence in October 2018 (School Term 4).

Even if dance is not your cup of tea, the positive effect that the project had on the children is obvious and immense. This project gives every school child in the targeted regions the opportunity to dance. Arts education provides far reaching benefits for students across their whole school life. Students who are exposed to high quality, creative arts learning are more engaged at school, have more self confidence, resilience and better problem solving skills.

By bringing in professional dance artists to upskill our community members so that they can teach dance classes beyond the life of this dance project (ending June 2019), RRAC is striving for excellence and sustainability. 

The Regional Arts Partnership Program is supported by the State Government of Western Australia and Country Arts WA.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

OVER THE FENCE Comedy Film Festival

A Partnership with the Ravensthorpe Youth Club

Ok comedy film lovers, it's time to sit back with friends and chuckle away!




BYO (The Ravensthorpe Youth Club Encourages Responsible Drinking)

The Ravensthorpe Youth Club is partnering with the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council to present this event. Profits from food and drink sales will go towards fundraising for the Youth Club. As the Comedy Film Fest is rated MA+ a family session will be hosted by the Youth Club from 5.30pm. Further information on the family session can be found on the Ravensthorpe Youth Club Facebook page. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Monkey & Me

A new development in the endeavor for dance sustainability, through mentorship of local artists, in and around the Shire of Ravensthorpe.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Fat Girls in Bike Shorts

What a Performance!

After an initial widespread cringe at the show title, the community surrounding Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe scurried to purchase tickets to RRAC's second comedy presentation for 2018! With all the glitter and glam that a girl could provide "Fat Girls in Bike Shorts" Rosie Sitorus and Kellee Aberg gave Hopetoun the spangled performance they were expecting!

Eager for comedy and company, approximately 30 Ravensthorpe patrons travelled down on the Lotterywest funded bus to partake in a community soiree come stage performance that was "Fat Girls in Bike Shorts". Hopetoun audience members were delighted to have more friends join the party of over 100 people, and all were impressed with the star of the soiree, a glittering pyramid-stack of chicken nuggets!

The show tackled important issues such as what to do when you are cheated of one chicken nugget when going through the “drive thru” and the solution to sweaty summer cavorts – bike shorts of course! But on a more serious note, the show resonated the real struggle women face on body image topics. Not many of us are perfect and the girls were there to reinforce the message that we are all beautiful, smart and sassy no matter the shape.

As an audience member, the show was relatable, it was obviously written from the heart and from real life experiences. You appreciated the honesty behind the ridiculous songs and gave credit to the boldness of the "Girls" on stage in very small sparkly costumes! There was no ego in the performance, they were real life characters making light of a sometimes-harsh world and inviting us to laugh not at them, but with them. 

The Hopetoun performace was the last for "Fat Girls in Bike Shorts" and they celebrated by bestowing us with an Honorary member! During the post-show soiree, the casual encore of music and singing went on, a real treat which set a great mood. Catering by the Hopetoun Primary School P&C was faultless, a classy spread of the most delicious delicacies.

Some say “Fat Girls in Bike Shorts” was the best RRAC show they have ever been to, but we will let you make up your own mind. Hopetoun needed a good laugh, thank you "Fat Girls in Bike Shorts", Euphorium production team and the Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe community.

Images by Dene Bingham Photography.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Get with the Programme!

Are you coming to Flickerfest Hopetoun?

This Saturday night the smell of popcorn and potato chips will fill the Hopetoun Community Centre. 

So get with the programme and join in the fun! 

Doors open at 6.30pm for ticket sales ($10 per adult) and the "Best of Australian Short Films" will screen at 7pm. 


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Gustav Hellberg, what have you been up to?

A Sweed in the hand is worth two in the Bush. 

The Spaced 3 : north by southeast project has been percolating for almost 3 years, and what a journey it has been. As I write this article, Gustav Hellberg is charming locals at the Hopetoun Community Centre with talk of his outback adventures, his triumphs and perhaps a series of unfortunate events (comprising of damaged drones and snake infested no-go bush zones). 

You see, Gustav is a new-media professor. He teaches Korean students in Seoul. During this second residency in Hopetoun, which has taken place across February 2018, Gustav has filmed across various landscapes all over the Ravensthorpe Shire. He has been busily capturing images that will all be cleverly edited together to form his artwork: a short film which will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of WA.

What we have already seen in this fabulous project is a talented and worldly Nordic artist sharing ideas and techniques in our regional remote community. We have seen children inspired by strange contraptions and flying video cameras and we have seen that with artistic determination much can be achieved. Local artists have been up-skilled, network connections have been made and the Ravensthorpe region has been prompted into the spotlight. 

Even without the steps due follow after Gustav's residency concludes this Friday, we, and those who have taken part in small (yet important) snippets of this project are left holding a valuable experience. 

Future Film Stars from Hopetoun WA
On location, Hopetoun WA

Gustav will exhibit his full scale artistic new-media project work at the Art Gallery of WA from 4 August to 16 December 2018. 
This story does not yet have an ending!

Recording in the makeshift sound studio.