SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE AND FOUR WINDS PARTNERSHIP
BRINGS VAVALDI TO BERMAGUI
On June 9, 2016 Four Winds supported by our creative partner the Sydney Opera House held our second Live Streaming event for the school children of our region.
Thanks to the generous gifts of our Grow and Flourish donors Four Winds now has the technology to “stream” across the internet performances that are held at the Opera House in real time. This capacity is not open to many of our smaller schools and many of the larger ones enjoy the visit to the beautiful Windsong Pavilion where they and their teachers can interact creatively with one another in nature.
135 children from Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 attending Moruya, Wolumla, Bermagui and Tilba Primary Schools visited the Four Winds site at Barragga Bay where they enjoyed a highly interactive performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The Primary Proms String Quartet and an energetic puppeteer and actor introduced the music to the young ears.
The children learnt about Vivaldi’s transformation of the seasons’ sensations and sounds to music – from the silvery pizzicato notes of winter to the final dramatic movement of the summer thunderstorm.
After the performance the children thoroughly enjoyed an outdoor lunch and play after being trapped inside much of the week before with our torrential rains. The weather and seasons were at the forefront of their minds after such extremes.
Members of the Yuin community including Uncle Ossie Cruse, Warren Foster Snr Warren Foster Jnr and Sonya Naylor then continued the children’s learning by sharing their Traditional Ecological Knowledge and creative talents of dance, art and storytelling – explain the signs and triggers that Yuin people notice that signify to them the seasons in the Yuin calendar which are based around food availability and sharing.
Equipped with all this newfound knowledge the children converted the information into art by thinking creatively and expressing themselves with instruments; movement and dance; drawing and art. Our own local artists Merinda Antill, Caitlin Brown, Gabriela Green, Michael Hanlon, Marg Hansen and Justina Legoe working together with those mentioned above and the regions talented teachers and Aboriginal Liaison officers supported these activities.
The Four Winds’ Create and Inspire Program is so fortunate to have the skills of such artists and educators to draw on and share with our younger generations, supporting our regions development as a cultural and imaginative hub.
Click here to view Moruya Primary School’s response to their experience…