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Creating in Performing Arts

Joanne Clark —

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” Albert Einstein

Creating new works is one of the most challenging tasks in the performing arts. It requires critical thinking, self-awareness and resilience to work through the process.

In NCEA Drama classes Year 11 Drama students worked in groups to develop charming, original versions of fairy tales.  Year 12 &13 students devised performances around the theme of “madness’. Haydon’s excellent devised piece called "Baggage" received an award at the Selwyn Drama Festival. It was in a Brechtian style using song, audience address and roleplay. It had 2 main themes: Resilience, never letting anything stop you from achieving your goals and showing courage against overwhelming odds".

Kori built up the story of a soldier whose war experiences caused him post-traumatic stress. The work was built around elements of Artaud’s “Theatre of Cruelty”. It was gruelling to watch this painful solo performance but it gave the audience insight into the character. Ariana and Kowhai explored the idea of creativity as a form of madness using the life and work of Lewis Carroll who created Alice in Wonderland. It was a lively and entertaining piece with the Mad Hatter enjoying a cup of tea with the writer.

“You're entirely bonkers.  But I'll tell you a secret all the best people are.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

COMPOSING in NCEA Music - In Term 2 we were lucky enough to have Matt Barus from The Dukes come and work with our senior composers! This was a valuable experience working with a industry professional.

"Do one thing every day that scares you." -- Eleanor Roosevelt