Community. Regional. Up Skill. Haven in Mackay
In October TFFF Program Manager, Roz Black travelled to Mackay to observe and participate in Crossroad Arts’ new and innovative Community. Regional. Up Skill. Haven (C.R.U.S.H) program. Roz joined participants, some who had travelled from interstate, in a series of intensive workshops designed to explore inclusive contemporary movement and theatre-making.
Over three days of workshops the wonderful Crossroad Arts team were joined by other expert facilitators from Dancenorth (Townsville), La Boite Theatre (Brisbane) and independent dancer and choreographer with disability Dean Walsh (Sydney).
Unlike your typical workshop aimed at teaching particular choreographic techniques, C.R.U.S.H participants were engaged in the ideas-generation and composition process of dance and theatre with facilitators encouraging participants to explore an “anything goes” and “access all areas” approach to develop their own choreography.
C.R.U.S.H concluded with a lively sharing event where participants performed the creative movement/dance piece they had developed over the three days. This remarkable initiative led by Crossroad Arts enabled people of all abilities to foster community, and nurtured a new crop of fresh talent in the Mackay region
Roz said “It was wonderful to share this experience with the Crossroads team and their participants, and a joy to witness the evolution of each person’s creative movement progress under the expert guidance of these well-chosen facilitators.”