Creative Tracks – September Recap
September was a busy month for the Creative Tracks crew as the Brisbane Festival 2013 showcased 2 Hip Hop events this year… Freeze Frame and Circolumbia.
The Freeze Frame show came direct from the street of L.A and told the stories of the young people living in the ghetto by highlighting some of their issues. It was written, directed, and produced by choregrapher Debbie Allen.
Some of these stories really resonated with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait community that saw the show. The Creative Tracks team were able to host a Bush tucker BBQ on the first day of rehearsals and give them a taste of our Aussie tucker. Brisbane Festival were very kind in offering about 120 tickets to our community and the show was enjoyed by all who attended.
On Monday the 24th of September, Miss Allen and one of her cast members Will Wingfield, a ”So You Think You Can Dance” finalist, lead a dance class at Yugambeh Dreaming Community Centre, Kingston. Dancers from Creative Tracks, Sweet Dreams and The Aboriginal Centre for performing Arts (ACPA) attended . We also had award winning Choreographer Dave Scott join us, who is recognised for his work in Step Up 2 and Stomp the Yard and You Got Served. The energy in the room was fantastic and the dancers took full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside two of their industry idols.
Dave will be delivering workshops in Brisbane from 11th to the 13th Oct alongside Lauren Gibson and Gil Duldulao . Four very lucky young people who attended the class that day were awarded a sponsorship to attend these workshops.
Circolombia is a hip hop / reggaeton circus that was also a part of the Brisbane festival. Their show called “Urban”, certainly wowed the audiences here in Brisbane. These young people who were mostly living on the streets of Colombia took part in the community workshops which later lead to a 4 year course with Circo para Todos (Circus for Everyone) and are now working as professionals travelling the world with their talents.
The Creative Tracks team and guests had a meet-and-greet with the Circolombia crew and we shared some cultural songs and talents of local hip hop artists with them. Despite a language barrier, there was a common denominator for the love of hip hop, and the non-verbal cultural exchange was incredible.
The Co-founder and President of the Circo para Todos Miss Felicity Simpson was very generous and provided over 200 tickets for our Creative Tracks community. When they return to Australia , they are hoping to collaborate with Creative Tracks on a project.