The Wanginining Koorts Indigenous Performing Arts Project has reached its 2year milestone and so much has happened in this time. Over the past twelve months the project has provided a variety of performing arts workshops and cultural activities to the communities in the great southern region from; Katanning, Kojonup, Mt Barker, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup and Albany. We have engaged Elders to participate in these workshops through storytelling, as cultural knowledge advisors, language, cultural site visits, and performing!

The workshops developed through Wanginining Koorts project over the past year were: Hip Hop, Didgeridoo, Storytelling, Puppetry Making, Short Film, Cultural Mapping, Contemporary and Traditional Dance, an Arts Grant information day through Department for Culture and the Arts, and a Cultural Camp called Re-Igniting, Re-connecting to Culture it’s Women’s Business, with local Women Elders, young women and girls living in and from the Minang and Bibbulman regions, gathering to form a female dance group, of all ages.

Our mission is to Promote, Preserve and Protect Noongar cultural heritage, to engage young people and Elders in performing arts activities throughout the great southern region, and that is what the Wanginining Koorts project has done over the last year.

We will continue to provide opportunities for Noongar communities to be part of an exciting industry. As the Project Manager, I believe it is a vital and creative direction in moving forward, for our Noongar people to have the opportunity tell their stories to the younger generations, through performing arts!

Current Workshops:

Gnowangerup & Jerramungup District High School’s are working with Artist, Sandy O’Doherty, local Elders and Cultural Advisors, to produce a performance using Puppetry. The Puppetry Making workshops are providing the students, both Noongar and Wadjella, a great opportunity to learn about Noongar culture and stories through a creative process by making puppets based on the characters in the stories. A final performance outcome by both schools, Years 6/7 (Gnp) and Years 7, 8 & 9 (Jmp) will be conducted at the end of the 6weeks as part of their NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Parklands Primary School engaged local female Elder, Aunty Carol Pettersen to tell a dream-time story about the ‘Southern Cross’, and myself as to teach basic traditional dance movement. The students are all non-Aboriginal students, but are very keen & eager to learn about the Noongar culture through storytelling and dance. A final performance outcome will be delivered at their June school assembly, by the Years 2/3 students, as their activity towards NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Spencer Park Primary School engaged local female Elder, Vernice Gillies to tell a dream-time story about ‘Meeuk the Moon Maiden’ and myself as an emerging traditional dance artist to assist with a dance performance for the female Noongar students from years 1 -7. Over a 6 weeks I will teach them basic traditional feminine dance movement and then assist with a performance for their NAIDOC Week celebrations. A final performance outcome will be conducted during NAIDOC Week.

Upcoming Events:

NAIDOC Week First full week of July 2nd – 10th

The NAIDOC Gala event will be held at the Albany Entertainment Centre – Wednesday 6th July 2011. For further information, please contact: Michelle Dayman at the City of Albany, 98419 342.

If you have a suggestion of a cultural activity that involves performing arts and has a cultural significance such as: storytelling, language, dance, and music, Please contact: Gillian Woods, Project Manager, 98416 002 / 0448 804 724