HORSHAM students will reflect on the experiences of the Stolen Generation children in a state performance challenge.
Holy Trinity Lutheran College’s secondary team is among nine Victorian finalists in the 2018 Wakakirri story dance competition.
Students have been working all year on their performance The Colour is Within.
The school has already won Wakakirri’s Best Indigenous Australian Story Award for its piece, and will now perform at the Victoria Region Secondary Awards Night at St Kilda’s Palais theatre on September 11.
The top performance will be nominated for the national Story of the Year Award.
Holy Trinity Wakakirri co-ordinator Tanya Mock said the challenge involved students telling a story without words, using only acting, dance and music.
“The students really enjoy it – they get so much out of it. It provides them with a different sort of challenge and enlarges their skill set,” she said.
“Wakakirri provides really high-quality people who are excellent in their field to invest in the students on show days, and that’s such a valuable experience.”
Mrs Mock said it was a huge task to develop the story and the relevant costumes and music to tell the narrative.
“It’s also about being creative and resourceful. There are a lot of really great life concepts the students become mindful of,” she said.
Mrs Mock said students had embraced this year’s concept.
“We are looking at the Aboriginal people of the Stolen Generation, and what that might have felt like,” she said.
“We did quite a bit of research. We also looked at what it’s like to be a teenager and trying to find where you fit in society.
“We explored a lot of big themes, and very real ones.”
Mrs Mock said students were excited to perform at the awards, and grateful for the opportunity.
“It reinforces that hard work pays off,” she said. “To have people in this profession recognising and appreciating what they've created is a huge compliment.”
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