Bringing the Outside In with Annunciation Primary School, Brooklyn

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Polyglot Theatre is preparing an interactive theatre installation of animation, film, dance and sculpture with students from Annunciation Catholic Primary School, Brooklyn, premiering Friday 4 September 2015.

Outside In sees students working with Polyglot Theatre artists to explore land art using the wilderness of Newport Lakes and Altona Beach as their canvas to design, create and build an installation about their physical and emotional relationship with nature, referencing artists Andy Goldsworthy and Anna Marie Holmes.

This extended school residency project brings artists and children together to create a unique, maze-like art work in the centre of the community. Brooklyn, in Melbourne’s inner west faces significant environmental impact from surrounding industrial areas with high volumes of dust and odour polluting the air (2015 EPA Victoria).

“With kids spending more and more time in front of screens, kids are missing out on playing outside which is key to their educational, emotional and social development. In response to this, over the last months, we’ve visited Newport Lakes and Altona Beach, giving the kids a chance to explore and enjoy these beautiful and fun outside spaces and make a variety of stunning creative responses to it.  And now, we’re bringing the outside in as we take over and transform the local kinder into a network of sculptures and creativity hives. All the work has been made by the kids and they have been in control of every stage of the creative process.” says Kate Kantor, Community Collaborations Director at Polyglot Theatre.

The evening will begin with a barbeque for families and school community, followed by a hands on experience of the final installation, all taking place at Frances Sullivan Kindergarten.

Extended School Residencies are co-funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria. This program will not continue in the immediate future due to recent changes in federal funding to the arts sector.

Polyglot Theatre is a producer of creative, innovative experiences for children and families that engage independent artists in national touring and global export of our creative industries. The company’s unique focus on children’s play as a theatrical device and the celebration of children’s creativity and energy, has positioned Polyglot as international leaders in contemporary theatre experiences for children.

Outside In
Friday 4 September 2015
6:00PM BBQ
6:30PM Installation and Performance
Frances Sullivan Kindergarten
35 Nolan Ave, Brooklyn VIC

For further information: Catherine French | Polyglot Theatre | catherine@polyglot.org.au | + 61 3 9826 3301

For further information from Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria: http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/current-issues/odour-and-air-quality/brooklyn-industrial-precinct

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