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This program strengthens the physicality of the young participants and encourages them to feel connected through their bodies and minds. By participating in activities and performance training that promotes respect, pride and cultural strength, young Aboriginal people are encouraged to engage emotionally and imaginatively.
Community and kinship are at the heart of this program.
It recognises leadership within the Aboriginal community and supports Aboriginal people to be in key roles – program managers, circus and dance trainers, and elders.
Guiding this program is Aboriginal contemporary dance artist, Moopa (Ian) Wilkes, supported by circus trainers who are trained in Social Circus. Together this creative team is infusing circus arts with Aboriginal culture to actively nurture and grow understanding and awareness of Aboriginal arts and culture.
This unique program will develop a growth in confidence for its participants, along with a sense of pride from their achievements.
Together we are storytellers
The Training Program creates pathways for Aboriginal Youth of all abilities to participate in the arts in a way that is inclusive and enhances participants’ sense of well-being.
There is a growing body of evidence showing participation in arts and culture supports these outcomes. Key research links showing arts and culture support these outcomes, and inquiries demonstrating the importance of valuing culture, can be read on the Australia Council for the Arts website.
We envision and expect that the accomplishment of our activities will lead to the following long-term impacts outlined here …
CircusWA acknowledges the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation are the spiritual and cultural birdiyangara (custodians) of the land upon which we train, create and perform.
Fremantle is Walyalup, sited on the banks of the Derbal Yerrigan. We recognise this land was never ceded and acknowledge our first people’s continuing connection to boodja (land), kayep (waters) and Noongar culture.
We pay respect to our Elders past and present.