How we can dance while the earth is turning
A community Arts workshop
This workshop will look at how community arts and, in particular,
performing arts can be utilised to assist the Reconciliation
process focussing on identifying and utilising positive cross
Using The Torch Community Theatre Project as an example,
participants will be encouraged to develop and design projects
for their communities and, who knows, it could produce a mini
event for the conference itself.
The Torch is an extraordinary theatrical production with firm
roots in indigenous and multi-cultural Australia, specifically
the Yorta Yorta Land Council and newly arrived migrants and refugees.
Devised and performed with 100+ professional artists and supporters
from over 30 nationalities, The Torch is a testament to the power
and quality of community theatre.
It premiered to huge critical acclaim at Melbourne's Universal
theatre in 1999 and had a sell-out return season at the North
Melbourne Town hall in 2000,
The Torch is now into its fourth stage of development preparing
to tour regional Victoria in 2001 working intensively with local
communities. The Torch will engage members of the community in
the analysing issues of race, culture and history with an overall
aim to explore avenues for a positive future.
Project coordinator Steve Payne and 3 members of the company
will present the workshop. Steve has 20+ years as a community
arts activist, educator and project manager. He was a founding
member of Melbourne Workers Theatre and his three most recent
Community Theatre Projects are:
THE TORCH Theatre Project explores the Olympic Spirit
and Australia's Ghosts
With the Bedford St Tenancy Service, The Brotherhood of St Lawrence,
3CR, the cities of Yarra and Melbourne, supported by the Yorta
Yorta Lands Council, and auspiced by the Ecumenical Migration
Centre. Cast of 50 performed at The Universal Theatre and North
Melbourne Town hall.
MECHTRON Theatre project examined the Public Education
system in Victoria.
With the Victorian Council of School Organisations, the Brotherhood
of St Lawrence, the Australian Education Union and the City of
Moreland. Cast of 24 performed at the Mechanics institute in
Brunswick to critical and box office acclaim.
THE ESSENTIALS Theatre project explored a climate
of fear at individual, organisational and State levels.
The journey of this project revealed the reality of the play.
Finally performed at Trades Hall to a sellout despite extending
for an extra week. With the Ambulance Employees Association of
Australia and auspiced by The Victorian Women's Refuge and Domestic