Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Stage Challenge 2010

After a frantic start to the year, Dance is well and truly underway.  Miss Pratt has been working incredibly hard with students, teaching them the audition routine, and running the auditions for Stage Challenge.

This year we will be entering the 'raw' category, which is less about the costumes and set, and more about the choreography.  The cast will be smaller, hence the very intense dancers seen around the school.

The theme is around anti-drink-driving, and an incredibly valuable message given the history of teenage drinking in this country.  The main cast and dancers have been selected, and we are all incredibly proud of Zemira Hayvice who has scored the lead role in Stage Challenge 2010.  Well done, Zemira!

We will keep you posted with updates as time goes by.

Zemira Hayvice (2nd from the left) with some of the other dancers, Jinelle, Sam and Maaki.

Friday, February 12, 2010

NZ Festival of the Arts

The NZ Festival of the Arts is about to kick off.  As well as our students heading west to see some fantastic shows and meet some wonderful authors, we are priviledged to host, "Echoa"- a French Dance troop.

We have a MAGNIFICENT discount for Kuranui Students.  $12 a head- and I would recommend as many people as possible get to see it.  Performing at Kuranui on the 1st of March, the school performance is at 1pm.  This means leaving class before the end of period 4 and missing a bit of lunch. 

This is what the Arts Festival has to say about 'Echoa':

"Drums of all descriptions are cleverly organised on scaffolding so that seven distinctly different dance scenes can unfold below. With incredible exuberance the movement and rhythm become flawlessly intertwined as the artists explore the questions: How does a percussionist dance? How does the body of a dancer sound?

Echoa is an unexpected dance experience in which we also see the dance with our ears. Sometimes as gentle as a whisper or as noisy as a carnival, it never lacks in spirit or fantasy. A truly delightful attack on the senses - a show for music and dance lovers of all ages.

Written by: Thomas Guerry and Camille Rocailleux
Sound direction: Olivier Pfeiffer
Lighting director: Laurent Bazire"

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Drama newsletter.

This has gone home to parents via their children..... or at least, it will tomorrow.  Here is a preview.  Some have already got a copy, others are waiting for one.