The Experience Stream is composed of programmes where students participate in authentic learning experiences in a professional performing arts environment that cannot be replicated in the classroom. Arts based programmes are offered to year 1-13 students and are in line with the NZ Ministry of Education’s Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programme to compliment and enrich school based learning.
The main programmes are Dancing With Mythology, Drama with Mythology, the Matariki Exhibition workshops, the Dance Masterclasses, the Storylines Story Tour and the sponsored Schools Production Programme.
All programmes in the Experience Stream are fully sponsored and are free of charge. Bus programme sponsorships are also made available for schools looking to participate in the Experience and the Engage Streams (conditions may apply).
Dancing with Mythology
Dancing with Mythology is the half day workshop programme introducing students to basic choreographic processes that explore telling a story through dance and movement. Ideal for students from Year 1 to 8, it derives inspiration from Pou Kapua or Cloud Pillar, the centre’s stunning 21 metre carving which narrates the Maori myth of the great chieftain Kupe, the creation stories of Ranginui and Papatuanuku and the legend of Maui. The dance workshop series is led by Atamira Dance Company.
Years 1 -8 | Learning Levels 1 – 4 Dance
Drama with Mythology
Drama and Mythology is the new half day workshop programme introducing students to basic drama processes that explore telling a story through theatre form. It is also inspired by the Pou Kapua and is delivered by Massive Company.
Years 5 – 11 | Learning Levels 3 – 6 Drama
Dance Masterclasses with Atamira Dance Company
Three Dance Masterclass workshops will be held during the year to be offered to serious and committed students of dance from Year 8 to 13. Atamira’s Artistic Director Moss Patterson will lead students through a series of exercises and choreographic ideas that will inspire and ignite new ideas about how dance can be used as an exciting way to be creative.
The workshops will include the teaching of Atamira repertoire as well as choreographic skills based on ta moko and kowhaiwhai designs and how these patterns can be used to create movement and new dance work. Music used during the workshop will utilise soundtracks form long term Atamira collaborators Paddy Free (Pitch Black) and Richard Nunns. Video material will also be used during the workshop and reflected upon.
Storylines Story Tour
New Zealand’s leading writers and illustrators for children’s books will be holding a massive two day programme in August 2013 to interact with students from all over Auckland.
Held exclusively for schools as part of the Storylines Festival, this is a rare opportunity for students and teachers not only to meet the creators of the books which they have read and enjoyed but also to receive inspiration and encouragement for own their artistic, literary and dramatic efforts. Ideal for students from Year 4 to 9.
The Schools Programme will be sponsoring venue space for a maximum of three secondary schools to stage their school production in the Genesis Energy Theatre. Students will be able to use the theatre and have free access to basic sound and lighting equipment for their rehearsal and performance day, along with a venue technician and front of house staff.
Schools must meet guidelines and send in their application before the end of Term 1 2013. For Application Forms, call the School Coordinator on (09) 9661743 or email email@example.com.
Official LEOTC Provider