Change and Adaptation

03. 08. 2016

Our Corka Bubs

Artists:  Sally Chance  l  Gina Rings  l  Heather Frahn

An interactive dance/play with a focus on Aboriginal babies 4 – 24 months

The seeds for The Corka Bubs (formally known as ‘This (Baby) Life’)  were sown as part of Murray Mallee Community Health’s contribution to Change and Adaptation. The Health Service wanted to target young mothers to bring awareness to Tackling Smoking during pregnancy and baby health issues.  This project will continue past the end of Change and Adaption.

The aim is to produce a dance/play piece (performance work and closely linked participatory activities) with a focus for Aboriginal babies 4 – 24 months and their parent/carers.

The piece will use the format and structure of the internationally successful This (Baby) Life created by Sally Chance, choreographer and director.  The piece will be adapted for Aboriginal families in consultation with the Aboriginal community, health workers, dancers and babies in the Riverland, SA.

A focus group will be assembled to inform the work through consultation and a viewing of a ‘show and tell’ that dancer/choreographers Sally Chance and Gina Rings will devise with Musical Director, Heather Frahn. This will be held Berri  in March 2015.

After consultation with the community, the creative team, which includes Choreographer/Co-Directors Sally Chance and Gina Rings, 2 Aboriginal dancers (one male and one female), and a Musical Director/Musician will develop a dance / play piece and return to the Riverland to perform it. Two young local dancers will be mentored throughout the process.

It is hoped that the performance will then be toured throughout South Australia by Country Arts SA.

Partner Outcomes

  • raised awareness of the dangers of smoking during pregnancy
  • targeted communication with families in the Indigenous community
  • professional development opportunity for two Indigenous dancers

Matthew Bennett

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