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Otari School

Region: Wellington

Art form: Theatre

Project name: Atamira

Creative name

Project information: Atamira: ‘Ko te Wai’ is a devised-theatre performance and research program. The course will offer foundations for creative performance exploration. It will develop the theatre maker, encourage the storyteller, uplift the singer, inspire the listener. Friends and whānau of the Whenu will be invited to be audience and helpers. 

Atamira: ‘Ko te Wai’ is a creative interactive seminar-based theatre and stage course targeted at rangatahi who are 10-14 years old. Atamira: ‘Ko te Wai’ will enable students to creatively express themselves with the skills to apply their imagination and intelligence, experience, and insight into the world of theatre/stage art. The 20-week programme is designed to support and strengthen Te Whare Tapa Whā of all ākonga, kaiako, and whānau involved, which ties in with the Otari School virtues. 

This programme aims to uplift the creativity of all students. It provides them with the opportunity to express themselves, build self-confidence, and develop public speaking skills and social skills in a friendly, safe, and encouraging environment. We refer to Āhuru Mōwai (safe haven). Students will learn skills of stagecraft so they can effectively and safely perform stories from their own experience. Creating a future story of Aotearoa within their school environment and wider community. The Atamira: ‘Ko te Wai’ programme uses Te Whare Tapa Whā, a fundamental and essential tūāpapa (platform) to maintain the wellbeing of all ākonga, kaiako, and whānau involved in this creative learning/process. “Ko te mea nui o te Ao, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.”

Project starting: February 2022

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