A great story can change the way people think about the world around them. Wakakirri is a Story-Dance festival where schools aim to do just that! Wakakirri is an incredible experience for Secondary Schools. The Wakakirri aims are to;
- Develops student’s creative thinking, school and self-pride, teamwork, self worth and life skills.
- Develop students’ career aspirations via an appreciation of the commitment needed to create a successful production.
- Provide a platform for students to express their thoughts, ideas and aspirations.
Schools participate by creating Story-Dances which they can either perform in live theatres in capital cities and selected regional areas around Australia or submit a video.
Schools can choose to tell any story that they wish. Schools’ performances are often inspired by the Wakakirri ethos ‘great stories inspire change’ and the annual festival motif (in 2023 the motif is CHANGE). Environmental, social, cultural, health, historical & reconciliation stories are all popular. Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create and perform Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations.
A Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students who theatrically tell a story using a combination of dancing, creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music. Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, creative movement, acting, music, live singing, props, costumes, sets and film projections. The possibilities are endless! Incorporate the annual signature item into the story for an extra challenge.
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