It’s only 3 more sleeps until winter school holiday programs kick off at the museum. From saris to shipwrecks, block printing to Bollywood, this winter we have taken inspiration from our East of India exhibition as we focus not only on historical Australia- India trade but also on celebrating Indian culture and contemporary India-Australia connections. And we couldn’t have fully committed to an Indian themed program without somewhere mentioning Bollywood right?
While I have had terrific fun shopping for saris to festoon the walls of Kids on Deck and reading countless Indian folktales in the search for some just-right storytelling material, I am perhaps most keenly anticipating our youth workshop program (for ages 8-14) this holidays in making a Bollywood music video.
We’ve been working with Ana Kypreos for the workshop, an incredibly talented choreographer and producer who outside of running a successful local dance school- Studio A, has a slew of star studded credits to her name including choreographing music videos for well known artists such as Amiel, End of fashion and Sophie Monk. Lucky for us Ana also has a passion for sharing the performing arts with children and young people, lots of friends in the business willing to collaborate on the workshop program and she also has a surprisingly large array of Bollywood outfits in her costume collection! Participants in the workshop will get to learn Bollywood dance moves, acting to camera, have professional styling for their shoot, learn production techniques like storyboarding, lighting, filming and editing and after 2 days will have become the star of a sensational music video to share with their friends and family!
Aside from the workshops we have extended our tribute to the moves, beats, stories and styles of Indian performing arts with The Marketplace– free performances by artists from around Sydney this holidays. The program will include Storytelling of Indian folktales, drop-in workshops in learning to play tabla and other Indian drums with Nautanki theatre, Bollywood fusion dance and an array of classical styles including Kathak ( an expressive or storytelling style from northern India) and Bharathanatyam ( a tradition from the Tamil Nadu region which involves many graceful and sculptural poses) with Nupur Dance, Ruchi Sanghi Dance and Baratalaya Dance Academy.
So while outside may be all grey, dreary and drizzle, this winter it’s an explosion of colour and movement and lots and lots of fun for kids and families at the museum.