TEACHERS at Erindale College are tremendously proud of a recent production that they believe has pushed the boundaries of conventional creative and performing arts, and they want the world to know about it.Pip O’Shea from college’s Creative Arts and Sports Academies told “CityNews” that the production, “Treasures off the Page”, was devised as a result of discussions between our faculty members about the Canberra 100 celebrations. The result of seven months’ hard work from the students and teachers, the spectacular “explosion of colour, talent and imagination” aimed to celebrate the importance and value of creativity in education.
Director and visual arts teacher Claire Daun said that in discussions, it had come up that, “the number 100, and the idea of ranking things from zero to 100, bombards us in education constantly”.
Describing this from the artistic perspective as “a simplistic and confining measure”, she said the creators wanted to celebrate the broad range of creative and personal talents that can’t be measured by numbers or exams.
“To represent Erindale, we wanted to create our very own production that encapsulated the immeasurable richness that can be found within the talents of our students,” Daun explained.
Using a combination of music, dance, drama, media, photography and visual and performance art, “Treasures off the Page” questioned stereotypes and generally-accepted norms. O’Shea says that left the audience thoughtful, but also thoroughly entertained.