INSIGHT INTO CULTURE
PERFORMANCE TRADITIONAL dancers and musicians will give students across Perth and the Pilbara an insight into indigenous culture and history when the interactive performance Dätiwuy Dreaming makes its way around the state.
The show focuses on the culture of the Yolngu people, who have been making music and sharing stories longer than almost anyone else on the planet.
Through collaboration with the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association, members of the Dätiwuy clan group and support from Rio Tinto, the three-week tour will visit more than 4000 students at 25 primary schools.
It kicked off at Winthrop Primary School last week and will travel to Warnbro, Mosman Park, Tapping, Ballajura, Darch, Kensington, Como, Claremont, Doubleview, Wembley Downs, Wembley, Rossmoyne, Karrinyup, Innaloo, Melville, Roebourne, Karratha, Baynton West, Tom Price and Paraburdoo.
Musica Viva business development director of education Colette Vella said each live performance was accompanied by digital resources and a professional development program for teachers tailored to the Australian curriculum.
“With the help of these learning resources, students develop an awareness of the importance of music, dance and story in Yolngu culture, the traditional roles of ceremony and the process of upholding and passing on these traditions to the next generation,” she said.
Musica Viva is a not-for-profit organisation bringing music to classrooms since 1981.