Teaching artistry

  Jacob Williams, Queensland Ballet’s Education Coordinator, is teaching and choreographing dance at Moorambilla. He’s passionate about the benefits of children learning live dance from teaching artists and the way that he, as an educator, can enhance and extend this experience. “Dance has the profound power to enrich and transform lives, connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds,” says Jacob. “It’s an …

It’s time to reach for the stars

Day one of Moorambilla Voices Residential Camps 2016 and Camp Cypress is ringing with the sound of 76 excited primary school boys from right across the north-west region. The very first day is always pumped with anticipation. For Braydon Jones from Cobar Public School, Moorambilla is the only opportunity he has to sing in a choir. “I watched the concert last …

Go to the bend in the river

Interweaving new Australian choral music with contemporary dance is taking composer Andrew Howes and choreographer Jacob Williams into new territory at Moorambilla residential camps in 2015. “Narran Lakes was what I call an ‘ice bath’ to my system,” says Andrew. “I jumped off the plane straight from the intensity of London and drove on the same day to the utter …

Raising boys – through the power of music and dance

Creating new Australian music, immersing remote and regional children in creativity and celebrating their remarkable energy has always been the driving creative force of Moorambilla Voices – ever since its inception ten years ago in 2006. Every year young boys lap up the rare opportunity that Moorambilla presents them – to sing and dance and unleash their imaginative side. “Most …

Opportunity Knocks – Iyasa!

MAXed OUT Company is back in rehearsal on Dhinawan, the MAXed OUT segment of this year’s Gala Concert.  Very, very few high schools offer music to HSC level in this region – with ensemble experience rare and opportunities to perform few. Some of the teenagers have been practicing their contemporary and taiko choreography at home, calling out Iyasa! as they do. …

Dancing with Sensu – Japanese Fans

The drums of TaikOz are beating so hard you can hear them down the end of the main street of Baradine. “I knew we had a large group this year so we have planned something really special says TaikOz’s Anton Lock. Anton has been working with the high school children for the last three days, incorporating dance, music and percussion …

Composer on Tap!

Young composer Alice Chance is writing music for this year’s Moorambilla Voices Gala Concert. The composer in residence describes herself as composer on tap! “It’s because I work with the children during the day, then overnight I write music for them to sing the very next morning.” “This year I’m really excited to be working across so many art forms – dance, stories, music, visual …

Collaborate!

Artistic collaboration is one of the hallmarks of Moorambilla. This year Queensland Ballet Education Coordinator Jacob Williams joins the residential camps. Jacob Williams grew up in the North West town of Dubbo, and from an early age watched his sisters go off to dance classes at the Dubbo Ballet Studio. From age 10 he wanted to dance too! So off he …

The Moorambilla Experience: New skills spark new ideas

  Beth Stanley was the International Education Observer at this year’s Moorambilla, attending both residential camps and Festival events. She was amazed at the learning and educational experiences the children were exposed to. We’re excited to release some of the latest pictures for this story as well. A memorable image at the completion of the Moorambilla Voices Festival was the fire …