A Cypher is hip hop’s most important ritual, the circle that happens at b*boy jams with dancers vying for the open space in the centre to dance their set one at a time.
arTour toured Nick Power’s new work Cypher, produced by Britt Guy, to Queensland regional communities during 2016.
Cypher featured four high level b*boys (break dancers) pushing the boundaries of their art form using movement, gestures and energy to challenge, communicate and celebrate the culture of hip hop.
The tour included 54 workshop opportunities for young people to learn and practice their skills with these internationally respected artists. These ranged from workshops with prep students at schools to master classes for students with a dance background.
18 May to 16 June 2016
Toowoomba, Taroom, Theodore, Biloela, Baralaba, Moura, Mount Perry, Biggenden, Coalstoun Lakes, Dallarnil, Mulgildie, Abercorn, Eidsvold, Brisbane, Roma, Quilpie, Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Tambo, Blackall
$65,000 – Playing Queensland Fund
A positive outcome of the workshop included students seeing males dancing and the athletic skills that are required to complete some of the dance moves. Teacher
It was pleasing to see our secondary boys (aged 12 to 15), who are usually reluctant to undertake any form of dance, participate and interact with the presenters.” - Teacher
The dancers having fun made us have fun. - Quilpie
Students were positive and buoyant with the feeling of accomplishment on the new skills they acquired. - Teacher
Performers and workshop instructors related to the youth very well. During the performance, they kept the audience engaged and very interested. Audience loved the interactive format of the performance. All communities where the workshops and performances were held were very pleased. - North Burnett Regional Council.
arTour found the workshops, in particular school workshops, were crucial in the success of the performances
The evening shows were always the quietest, but shows programmed straight after school, or at the end of the school day with general public invited, had the most energy and were received the best by the audience, especially if the team had just delivered workshops. arTour would strongly recommend that any work for a youth demographic touring to regional and remote towns work closely with the councils and schools to program in-school activities. Feedback from one school included splitting the students based on ability rather than age. However, the teacher also realises that would make timetabling difficult and disrupt classes over a longer period
arTour found working closely with local governments to be very effective.
A slightly different approach was used to build the tour, focussing on local councils and tapping into their community development needs. The arrangement in Banana and North Burnett were particularly effective allowing us to access new schools and communities not usually involved in touring productions.
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