Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wildflower Show Gala Dinner

Continuing the Momentum with Ausdance WA




'Continuing Momentumis a project offered to communities from Ausdance WA who presented a Future Landings project in 2011 or 2013 to continue exploring and engaging in contemporary and community dance activities. In October 2013 the Ravensthorpe region community led by the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council delivered the engaging show ‘Wheel of Fortunes’ as part of Future Landings and so were then given the opportunity to host this new ‘Continuing Momentum’ project.

A ‘Continuing Momentum’ project could be created in any way the host community/presenter and the local dance artist believes would best benefit them. Local dancer Clare Doolan and performer Rebecca Hillier were the two local artists given the opportunity to develop and present the project. They decided to target the 5-12 year age group and offer dance workshops throughout the July school holidays. The emphasis was to be on the development of the workshops and to give local children an opportunity to be involved in dance. Taster dance workshops were also conducted at Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe and Jerdacuttup Primary Schools in the final weeks of term 2. So, every day of the school holidays Clare and Beck have been running Children’s Creative Dance Workshops at the Hopetoun Town Hall. Local Ravensthorpe, Jerdacuttup and Hopetoun children aged between five and twelve years have participated in the workshops which have involved movement activities, games and learning a contemporary style dance routine. There was also a showing, where parents had an opportunity to watch their children perform the dance routine and participate in a movement activity with their child.

Hopetoun based photographer Dene Bingham attended one of the workshops and took some fantastic images of the children in action, as can be seen in the photo storyboard.


Clare and Beck would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and families of the participants for their support of these workshops. The children all worked really hard and it was an amazing experience for both the facilitators and the kids involved.

photos by Dene Bingham



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dust of Uruzgan

Country Arts WA and Act-Belong-Commit present

Dust of Uruzgan by Fred Smith

Locally presented by Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council

Wednesday September 3, Jerdacuttup Town Hall, doors open 6:30pm

Tickets on sale now at the Hopetoun CRC or
Ravensthorpe CRC  on 9838 1340 (now able to take credit card bookings over the phone)

Fred Smith was actually there and the stories he tells are real.
Fred Smith combines beautiful songs, stunning projected photographs by military and civilian photographers and humourous and touching stories to bring us Dust of Uruzgan, a highly acclaimed album performed live with a two piece band and based on his time in Afghanistan as a diplomat and singer/songwriter. Dust of Uruzgan tells the story of the 20,000 young Australians who, for the last eight years, have made a difference in the war-ravaged country of Afghanistan.
The effect of this combination of mediums is powerful. Smith was actually there and the stories he tells are of real people and events. Audiences will leave the venue with a quiet sense of connecting with something real and important.

“A great work of art, a great suite of songs…an amazing thing if you get to see him perform it in concert”
Richard Glover, ABC 702 Radio
“An exceptional songwriter…a cycle of songs that are raw, remarkably honest ... that offers an intimate perspective on the war in Afghanistan.”
Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald
Tour Coordination by Country Arts WA                                                  www.fredsmith.com.au