Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0828 TDT Contents 8 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 2015
TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 2015 9
arts and entertainment
arts and entertainment
OVER the past few weeks the Papulu Apparr-Kari
Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) and
Parents and Community Engagement (PaCE) teams
have been out and about trying to get kids back to
school, but attendance numbers are still low across
the Barkly Region.
Ali Curung School leads the way, with some of the highest
attendance out of the schools and they should be proud.
However there are still a lot of kids not attending school
and just hanging around community.
Families and the Murray Downs principal requested
the Language Centre’s help to get kids hanging around
community back to Tennant Creek and so without hesitation
the teams arranged the travel.
Twice over the past few weeks the RSAS (aka the Yellow
Shirts) and PaCE teams have travelled to Murray Downs
to collect kids to enable them to return to the hostel and
Tennant Creek High School to attend classes and improve
their education. All kids should be at school every day and
it is up to the parents and carers to ensure that they attend
school every day.
If your child is away from school for any reason you need
to inform the school of their absence or you risk fines and
your benefit money being cut from Centrelink.
You need to make sure that your children get a good night
sleep and ready for school.
Remember don’t miss a day, go to school every day.
Yellow Shirts, PaCE staff go the extra mile
PAPULU APPARR–KARI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
BARKLY Regional Arts in partner-
ship with Artback NT are bringing
Cypher, a hip hop dance touring
production to Tennant Creek.
A cypher is hip hop’s most important
ritual; a circle where style, rivalry and
community exist and evolve.
Four battle-hardened b-boys push the
boundaries of their artform using move-
ment, gestures and energy to challenge,
communicate and celebrate the culture
of hip hop.
Cypher will perform two shows at the
Civic Hall, one 10 September at 1:30pm
and another on Friday 11 September at
The show is backed by an original
soundtrack that shifts between sound
design, booming hip hop beats and a
pumping party atmosphere.
This performance invites you to step to
the edge of the circle and witness the raw
energy and culture that exists within it.
Barkly Regional Arts has secured a
grant for Cypher to be able to offer work-
shops that foster skills development and
help to create local dance pieces as well
as hosting a Blockparty at all Territory
locations on the tour.
The workshops will be held in Tennant
Creek on the 8-9 September at the Pri-
mary School during school hours and at
Anyinginyi Sport and Rec from 3:30pm
on both days.
It is envisaged that the workshops will
result in a performance from our local
dancers and for those stand out newcom-
ers, they will be offered a cameo role in
Friday night will see the Blockparty
kick in after the Friday night show at Civ-
ic Hall and will pump on until 10:30pm.
This will be a great opportunity for our
young people to have some serious fun,
dance with the artists and try out some
moves that they have learnt from some
masters of the genre of Hip Hop.
Entry to the Cypher shows will be $3
for adults and $2 for under 18s.
For more information contact Kathy
Burns 08 8962 2799, artisticdirector@
Step to the edge with
visiting hip hop production
Artists camp an
Local lass wows Melbourne
audiences in dance show
ANOTHER exciting joint venture between Barkly Region-
al Arts and Desart, an association of Central Australian
Aboriginal art and craft centres, has culminated in the
annual “Desart Barkly Artists Camp” this week.
Indigenous artists have travelled in from Ampilatwatja, Canteen
Creek, Epenarra, Elliott and Mungkarta to join Tennant Creek artists
from BRA and Nyinkka Nyunyu for the annual week-long Barkly
Artists Camp being held at the Barkly Regional Arts (BRA) Visual
Arts Studios on Staunton Street.
The Barkly artists are all engaged with BRA visual arts outreach
program, Artists of the Barkly.
They meet every year at the camp and catch up with family, swap
stories and ideas about their community art centre matters, as well
as attending skills workshops.
Desart has dispatched a support crew of drivers, facilitators and
teaching artists to engage with Barkly artists for the camp.
“This year, the skills on offer are slip-cast ceramics and glaze tech-
niques with professional ceramicist, Ruth McMillan and drawing and
printmaking skills with professional artist, Barbie Kjar,” Executive
Officer of BRA, Alan Murn said.
“These artists have worked and exhibited nationally and interna-
tionally and bring that perspective of how to engage in the wider art
landscape to local remote artists.”
Also joining the Barkly Artists Camp this year are seven Korean
practicing artists and a film crew of two, who are being hosted by
BRA for the week as part of an artists exchange program, an initia-
tive developed between Desart, BRA and the Arts Council of Korea.
“It’s a really wonderful opportunity for the artists of the Barkly to
directly engage with the broader international art community in a
spirit of artistic and cross-cultural exchange” Alan said.
“We look forward to a reciprocal artists exchange by facilitating
local Barkly artists to visit South Korea next year for cultural and pro-
fessional development in art genres and arts management practice.”
The camp wraps up with an opportunity for both the local artists
and the Korean artists to display their output for the week and discuss
Some of the participants will then head to Alice Springs for the
celebrations and events surrounding the iconic 2015 “Desert Mob
Symposium” held at the Araluen Arts Centre.
“The Desert Mob Exhibition is of national and even international
significance and attracts buyers and collectors from all over the
world,” Alan enthused.
“It’s been the launch pad to a successful career for many Indigenous
artists over the years and we are truly excited to have secured a rare
spot in this exhibition.”
A STANDOUT performer at one of the Des-
ert Harmony events has just returned from a
short-season dance show in Melbourne.
Natasha May, 18, was set onto a new career path fol-
lowing her participation in the Caravan Burlesque Birds
of Paradise production where she performed a vogue
dance piece with professional dancer James Welsby.
Not only did she capture the attention of the local
audience but also that of the show’s producer, Moira
Finucane, who invited Natasha to come and perform
with them in Melbourne at the magnificent Spiegletent.
Barkly Regional Arts (BRA), used a grant from the NT
Department of Business to cover all costs for Natasha
to travel and be accommodated in Melbourne for five
days last week.
While she was in the arts capital of Australia, she
developed her act to incorporate two new back up
dancers and performed in three shows to Melbourne’s
diverse and discerning audience, including stars such
as Kate Ceberano.
Desert Harmony Festival Director, Kathy Burns said
Moira had told her Natasha really rocked it at the Mel-
“She was very courageous and the audiences loved
her,” she said,
“And of course all of us in Tennant Creek are very
proud of her.”
Moira had been in Tennant Creek during the festival
to run community workshops to create pieces that were
included in the show when she spotted Natasha as an
Locals Helen Majewski, Paul Tighe, Chris Parker,
Eleanor and Raymond Dixon, Sean Spencer, Danielle
Clark and Malcolm Nott also took up the workshop
offer and co-starred with Natasha in the Tennant Creek
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