Date: 23 November 2020
Trudy Dobbie, Acting HOD Performing Arts and Teacher in Charge of Dance, explains how they worked successfully to combat the challenges Covid presented for the dance performance this year.
As we were about to go into rehearsals for our dance show we found ourselves in lockdown. So we had to think creatively about how we share our work in the arts with our community. The result is a beautiful video which draws on support from those practising the arts in our community and professional organisations supporting the arts in educational contexts.
We explored the use of Beethoven music as this year marked his 250th birthday. The first section of the music is Nu’ufou Telea (year 9 student) playing the piano accompanied by a Celloist from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the second section is a remixed track by Dwayne Devoe-Matautia (year 11 student) with the support of a producer from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
The dance is choreographed by Grace Leong (Previous OHS student in her final year of studying dance at the University of Auckland), in collaboration with Trudy Dobbie (Dance Teacher) and the students themselves.
The footage was captured by media students with film production and editing by Jeff McKay (Media Teacher).
The experience was truly a collaboration and an exploration of expression, creativity and problem solving.
The last but largest thank you is to the Vodafone Events Centre who have over the years supported the performing arts department with our many creative endeavours.
'Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini' – We are ONE.
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