IN­SIGHT INTO CUL­TURE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

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.

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