Vincentia High School impresses at Wakakirri

Vincentia High School students stunned with their performance ‘Dysmorphic’ at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) recently. 

The students performed at Wakakirri, the largest performing arts event for schools in Australia, involving more than 20,000 primary and secondary students in 240 schools across the country.

The story-dance festival encourages students’ to put their thoughts, ideas and aspirations into performance. 

The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance a story’ according to Wangaaypuwan people from Cobar, NSW.

Beginning earlier this year, the students only had 10 weeks to bring their ideas to life before their first performance on August 10 at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. 

They were nominated for seven awards and were selected to perform at NIDA.

On September 7 they impressed at NIDA and were awarded the Spirit of Wakakirri Award, Best Team Work Award and Best Lighting Design and Call Award. 

Vincentia High School students performed at Wakakirri.

Vincentia High School students performed at Wakakirri.

Dance and PDHPE teacher Vivienne Nolan said the students worked to make sure their choreography, lighting, props and projection came together perfectly to highlight an issue they felt passionately about. 

“Dysmorphic was created by the students to highlight a significant issue and raise awareness of body dysmorphic disorder,” she said. 

“Many of the students have either experienced and know someone who has experienced body issues and felt the subject was important to explore the issues and then share their experience with the community.”

Ms Nolan thanked all the parents who helped create costumes and transport students to the venue, as well as those who were there to support the students on the night.

The school is already looking forward to being involved in Wakakirri for 2018 and will be holding meetings during term four to come up with a new concept.