Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Christchurch Schools Get Antarctic Dance Lesson

Christchurch Schools Get Antarctic Dance Lesson


Christchurch school students will have a special dance session with internationally acclaimed choreographer Corey Baker, who originally hails from the city and recently staged the first dance in Antarctica.

Students from Lyttelton and Yaldhurst primary schools will bust out their best dance moves for Baker on Thursday as part of a school visit program organised by ChristchurchNZ and Antarctica New Zealand.

Baker will share some of the insights and challenges he faced in Antarctica while creating four-minute dance film Antarctica: The First Dance and engage students in some fun and interactive movement.

The award-winning choreographer grew up in Christchurch and attended Yaldhurst school. Earlier this year he transformed the penguin-populated ice desert of Antarctica into the backdrop for the first ever dance film staged on the world’s last great wilderness, aimed at raising awareness about climate change and environmental sustainability.

ChristchurchNZ general manager of attraction Linda Falwasser says this is a great opportunity for our children to explore and connect with Antarctica through dance and expression while highlighting our city’s unique relationship with the icy region.

“Christchurch is one of five Antarctic gateway cities globally and an official gateway city for Antarctic research and operations, making it a leaping off point for exploration and research in extreme conditions,” Ms Falwasser says.



“We’re thrilled to partner on projects like Corey’s which raise awareness of climate change and for our city’s links with Antarctica on a global platform,” she says.

Antarctica New Zealand GM Communications Megan Martin says, “What happens in Antarctica affects the rest of the planet … and vice versa. People don’t always make that connection.”

“Corey’s beautiful ballet has captured a new audience, and now his creativity is helping Christchurch school children connect with and learn about the southern continent.”

Christchurch’s council owned international air and sea port are important logistics hubs for the Antarctic and our involvement in the Antarctic is a vital source of social and economic benefit for the city.

“Christchurch has strong education, research, and business opportunities associated with the Antarctic region, which comes from our city’s strong manufacturing and technology industry,” Ms Falwasser says.

“It’s also great that our city now has Christchurch Antarctic Gateway Strategy, which will further strengthen our commitment and relationship with this precious continent – for us and future generations,” Ms Falwasser says.

“Our vision is for Christchurch to be an Antarctic city where we celebrate and realise the value of our gateway status for the benefit of the city and the nation, for current and future generations.”

On Monday Baker visited students at Hornby Primary School as part of his Christchurch school tour. He will visit two more schools on Thursday 7 June 2018. The schedule of schools is below.

Lyttelton Primary School 7-Jun 9:30am
Yaldhurst Model School 7-Jun 11:00am


Baker was granted rare access through the prestigious Antarctica New Zealand Community Engagement Programme to create an unforgettable performance in an extreme environment, with support of Antarctica New Zealand and economic development agency ChristchurchNZ

He collaborated with director of photography Jacob Bryant for this project and the film features Royal New Zealand Ballet star Madeleine Graham. The four-minute dance film Antarctica: The First Dance was released on Earth Day, April 22.

Baker has since choreographed an Antarctica-inspired Mozart piece which is currently touring with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. A 60minute documentary detailing Corey Baker and his dance team’s 15-day residence with scientists at Scott Base will be released later this year.


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Joseph Cederwall Review: NZSO Plays Bach And Ellington

The NZSO’s Shed Series returned for 2019 with the aptly titled REBIRTH at Shed 6 on Friday 8th. This theme dealt with the way in which music constantly evolves and changes, with styles and musical periods reborn in completely new and different ways. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Voulez-Vous Couchez Avec Moi? - C'est Chic, Ça Colette!

Starring the ravishingly vibrant Keira Knightley in the title role, Colette is a fairly pedestrian paint-by numbers biopic - which is a little disappointing, given that its cross-dressing and pansexual protagonist lead anything but a dull life. More>>

Wellington Repertory Theatre: New Season Includes Royal Hunt of The Sun

“The objective behind our ambitious 2019 season is to expand our offering to a broader range of Wellingtonians. It’s the first time in over a decade that we’ve produced four shows, and the first time we will be performing at the Hannah Payhouse,” says Oliver Mander, WRT’s President. More>>


Howard Davis Review: The Revenants - They Shall Not Grow Old

Jackson has toiled laboriously in the trenches of the digital revolution for decades, with his two turgid Tolkien trilogies constantly pushing the envelope in terms of computer-generated entertainment and providing his latest project with sufficient combat experience to warrant serious Oscar consideration for its remarkable technical achievements. More>>


Unseen Let It Be Footage: Peter Jackson Making "The Ultimate Beatles Film"

Jackson's new film will be compiled from fifty-five hours of never-released studio footage of The Beatles recording their final album Let It Be in January 1969. More>>


NZCT Grants More Than $150,000 to Community Sports

NZCT has approved grants to the Tauranga Boxing Academy, provided a new lease of life to old yachts, benefitted sports at Tiniroto School, and helped to upgrade Christchurch City BMX Club track. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland