Standing Now : 26 August, Byron Theatre

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Presented by the Creative Peoples Collective

Standing Now is an exciting theatre production fusing artforms such as contemporary dance, hip hop and aerial circus with the innovative use of music, digital media and film.

It explores the concept of self identity and how we define ourselves as the characters struggle to free the world from the clutches of an evil super villain who is controlling freedom of choice and independent thought through technology.

Danielle Stewart is a local Contemporary Dance choreographer/teacher and has been working on the show 'Standing Now' with the Creative People Collective. The show brings many art forms together to tell a story of finding our place in this world especially a creative voice. Danielle was commissioned to do workshops with kids in Coraki to give them a chance to try Contemporary Dance and be part of the performance. Workshops were held in the school holidays and then every Thursday afternoon until now, all of the children that attended had never done formal dance classes or contemporary dance before.

Danielle says it has been a wonderful experience connecting with these kids from a different community and giving them the opportunity to try a new art form, most of the kids have tried hip hop dance before and are great movers but Contemporary is very different and it took them a while to get used to all the floor work but after many moans and groans about bruises and sore backs they got really into it! The kids learnt about expressing meaning , ideas and story telling through dance and movement. "I hope I can work more with them in the future and as most of the kids are Indigenous use their traditions and storytelling to create dance"

The Creative Peoples Collective is run by sisters Zahra and Nadine Smith, they have sought funding to bring dance and theatre to kids in the Northern Rivers from Yamba, Evans Head, Mullumbimby, Coraki , Lismore and the wonderful experience of performing on stage in a professional theatre. The show also includes hip hop, aerial performance, theatre, song combined with film and digital media.

The show is on this Friday 26th August at the Byron Community Centre with a matinee at 11.30 am and evening show at 6pm, go to www.byroncentre.com.au for tickets and more info.

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