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WAKAKIRRI

We have had a busy start to the Performing Arts program this term. Students from Grades 4-6 are already busy rehearsing for Wakakirri and State School Spectacular.

What is the aim of Wakakirri?

The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through creating and sharing stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness. A great story can change the way people think about the world around them and Wakakirri gives schools the opportunity to do just that.

This year Berwick Lodge are telling the story of the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster, in which fans were crushed during an FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. There were 96 fatalities. Our story is simply titled 96. Our story-dance will show the events of that day and the 27-year court battle that the victims’ families had to endure for justice and truth.

What is a Story-Dance?

A Wakakirri Story Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using a combination of dancing, acting and creative movement to pre-recorded music. Schools can tell any story and use any combination of dance, creative movement, acting, music, props, costumes, sets, and in some cases; film, projections and singing. The Berwick Lodge students will perform in August at Frankston Arts Centre.