The Cultures of Masks
Using various examples, a study of the purposes and uses of masks in Africa, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Indonesia and Europe. This forms a basis for any unit of work on masks, whether practical or theory. There is also general information on identity, re. use of masks on stage.
B.A (English & Philosophy)
A.T.C.L - Speech & Drama
Teacher of English & Drama - Northcote College, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Theatre School of Dance and Drama Edinburgh and BEC Tokyo
Experience in Community Arts ~ Director of Lifeform Dance Co 2000-2005
Specialty Areas in Drama ~
*Masks: history, purpose and uses in various cultures, mask-making
*Butoh dance: 2-3 hour workshops
Arts Practice Medium: Drama
Topics or Genres of Expertise: Masks
Languages Spoken: English
Target Age Group: Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary
Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)
Regions: Auckland, Northland
Space and Resources Required: wooden or chipboard floor
- $50 per hour
Mode of Delivery: Presentation
Cultural Context: Multi
Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.
A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.
Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.
Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.
Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.
Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.
A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.
Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.
Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.
A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.
Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.
This presentation run at Kohia Teachers Centre and for NZADIE
Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes