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Anthem Anthem Revolution: A Workshop
12 June 2021
ANTHEM ANTHEM REVOLUTION
Terrapin is inviting 10-to-12-year-olds to revolutionise the Australian national anthem.
Over a week of theatre games, song writing workshops and discussion, a group of young Tasmanians will rewrite the Australian national anthem into a song which speaks of their community, their dreams and their vision of the country.
This song will be the backbone of a new participatory work for the UK/Australia Season in 2022.
The Season is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to strengthen and build cultural connections. Taking place in both the UK and Australia, the Season will explore our relationship across the arts, creative industries, research, and higher education.
If you are – or if you know – a young person who delights in thoughts and feelings and finding ways to express them, then this week could be for you. Join us to add your voice to the chorus.
This workshop is run by Alex Walker from House of Muchness and Davina Wright from Gold Satino in collaboration with Terrapin.
Dates*: 27 September – 1 October 2021, 10am – 3pm
Location: Terrapin Loft, Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place Hobart
*We’ll be running more workshops in January and April 2022. Ideally you’ll be available for all three blocks.
HOW TO APPLY
10 – 12 year-olds of all backgrounds, genders, experiences and ideas are warmly welcome.
If you are interested in participating, please complete the form linked below. We’ll also ask you to email us a short video of yourself – see below for more information!
We want to get an idea about who you are and the different sides of you. Can you send us a video of yourself introducing two objects of yours that show two sides to your personality? Use a phone to take your video and make it under 1 minute so it’s easy to send. Someone can record you or you can turn the phone on selfie direction and do it yourself.
Email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with Anthem Anthem Revolution and your name in the subject line.
Here’s an example from lead artists of the program Alex and Davina. If you want any help or have any questions, please call us on 03 6223 6834 or email email@example.com. We’d be very happy to chat you through it.
Alex Walker is an inclusive youth arts practitioner making live art with a cross-section of young people at the point where the spheres of children, arts, culture, and politics intersect. With an outstanding ability to celebrate and curate their artistic contribution, Alex has a profound impact on the young people she works with. She is heavily invested in carving out a place for the voice and position of the young person to have an impact on their environment and community. She insists that young people are armed with cultural agency and demands that their work, framed by excellent contemporary art practice, occupies a pivotal place in the theatre landscape.
In 2016 Alex founded House of Muchness (HOM) which is a centre of artistic practices for the creative wellbeing of young people. At HOM, she has established a culture which breeds safe, creative risk-taking and artistic experimentation. She uses arts processes to arrive at new material which reveals the contemporary condition of young people and their complex relationship with the world.
Alex has held key artistic roles at St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Outback Theatre for Young People and Australian Theatre for Young People. In her roles to date, she has prepared young people to perform and participate as part of Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Wheeler Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, NGV, BIFEM, MPavilion, State Library Victoria, Testing Grounds, ArtsHouse, Theatreworks, Dark Mofo, Ten Days on the Island and Castlemaine Festival. She has presented at state, regional and international conferences about the capacity of young people within the arts.
Davina Wright is a site-specific artist currently living and working in nipaluna/Hobart. She is interested in making site specific, nonlinear and immersive theatre that looks at loneliness, suburbia, violence and feminism.
Recently she wrote and directed This is Grayson; a performance for audience 8+ with her collective Gold Satino. This is Grayson explored death, loneliness and family and was an immersive experience. This is Grayson received four Green Room Award Nominations in the Contemporary and Experimental Performance panel and received the awards for Innovation in Site Responsive Performance and Performance for Young Audiences.
Davina is interested in creating thoughtful and reactive work for young people that leaves space for them to imagine a diverse range of futures for themselves.
Images: The Children’s Party, Melbourne Fringe 2017. Photo by Sarah Walker.