4Arts Performing Arts Education FestivalFrom Thursday 14 June 2012
Quadruple Premiere: Black Swan State Theatre Company, West Australian Ballet, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Opera to perform under the same roof for 4Arts Performing Arts Education Festival
Western Australia’s four state flagship companies, Black Swan State Theatre Company, West Australian Ballet, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Opera are coming together to perform in one location for the first time. The 4Arts Performing Arts Education Festival will take place on the 14th and 15th of June 2012 at the State Theatre Centre of WA, featuring free student performances from each company as well as an extensive performance workshop program and a performing arts exhibition.
In its inaugural year, the 4 Arts Festival will feature the following performances and workshops:
10.00am Looming The Memory by Thomas Papathanassiou
Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company
Trying to make sense of life and unravel family history, eighteen characters including a Greek grandmother, ghosts and a chicken are brought to life in an honest, sensitive and often comic 65 minutes.
10.00am Workshop – West Australian Ballet
1.00pm Let’s Dance!
Presented by West Australian Ballet
Ballet can tell a story, reveal an emotion and express the intangible. Be enthralled by the beauty of dance and inspired by the dancers of West Australian Ballet as they perform ballet classics and invite you to get dancing.
1.00pm Workshop with Thomas Papathanassiou – Black Swan State Theatre Company
10.00am WASO On The Road
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Experience the wonderful world of classical music. The WASO On The Road show features a small ensemble performing orchestral classics that entertain, educate and inspire. Meet the musicians and explore the instruments of the orchestra with interactive have-a-go sessions.
10.00am Workshop – West Australian Opera
1.00pm Discover Your Voice!
Presented by West Australian Opera
Discover the most amazing and portable musical instrument – your voice! Join West Australian Opera’s rising stars for a playful performance of operatic works featuring beautiful melodies, arias, duets and trios. We may even ask you to sing along with us!
1.00pm Workshop – West Australian Symphony Orchestra
The four state flagship companies - Black Swan, West Australian Ballet, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Opera – are all committed to providing high quality performing arts experiences to students throughout Western Australia, and have agreed to present an annual 4Arts Performing Arts Education Festival in Perth for an initial four year period starting in 2012.
Black Swan’s Education & Community Access Manager Alena Tompkins said: “Access to live performances plays an important role in developing the expressive, social and developmental lives of children. By providing a unique opportunity to experience the work of the four major performing arts companies in the state at the same time in one location, the 4Arts Performing Arts Education Festival will reinvigorate school performing arts communities and bring them together for a vibrant day of performances and workshops.”
Over two days, performing arts students in WA will have the unique opportunity to see world class performances by their state flagship companies for free under the one roof at the recently opened State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, as well as attend specially designed student workshops offered by each company.
Schools will be able to be to organise Performing Arts department excursions, with opportunities for Drama, Dance and Music Departments to join together for a day of industry connection and collaboration. Teachers will benefit from the chance to participate in industry workshops alongside their students, which can be used towards their WACOT requirements for professional learning. Every attending teacher will receive a combined Education Resource that includes each company’s supporting teaching resources.
The WA Performing Arts Museum will transform the Studio Underground Foyer into a temporary exhibition space dedicated to the history of performing arts in Western Australia.
Location State Theatre Centre, corner of Roe Street and William Street
Teachers can reserve desired performance(s) through the BOCS Ticketing Group on (08) 9321 6831. The performance tickets are free (BOCS booking fee may apply), but capped at 50 tickets per school per performance.