31. 05. 2016

Rose Festival & Lucindale Field Day

The Dance Jungle Gym has had two more ventures lately. The first being the Rose Festival in Renmark late last year, and more recently to the Lucindale Field Day. Both these days were challenging due to weather conditions, yet they both turned out to be a fantastic days connecting with the community.

The Rose Festival started with rain falling heavily as we attempted to construct the Jungle Gym. A fantastic start to the day! But once the day cleared up we were able to get quite a lot of people through, even though it was only half a day. It was also great to see a lot of parents with children going through the apparatus. The Jungle Gym sparked much interest with teachers from schools who thought the device was a great learning tool for students both physically and in terms of utilizing the many ways we learn and understand. This could hopefully lead to touring with the apparatus to schools or something along those lines.

The Lucindale Field Day was quite a washout at first. After constructing the Dance Jungle Gym, the rain decided to join us as well. But on top of this the wind was excruciatingly strong. We were lucky enough to have tarps loaned to us and these were put up and pulled down so many times during the first day. So while wet and cold we also battled the wind. Not many people attended the first day and with a wet and slippery Jungle Gym, we had to call it a day. We did however, get one person through and he even managed to do it on stilts!

The following day was a great success. We had around 70 people through and many of them spent time going through again and again. It was great to see some of the young girls challenge themselves to go from beginners to advanced and perform it with music to be filmed. It turned out to be a fantastic day. I’m looking forward to the next outing in Mount Gambier.

Larissa McGowan

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About the Artist

Larissa McGowan

After studying dance in Brisbane and Melbourne, Larissa joined Australian Dance Theatre in 2000 and has since toured extensively with the company winning multiple awards for Best Female Dancer including a Helpmann and Australian Dance Award. Larissa appeared as a guest choreographer on two seasons of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. She has created work for WOMADelaide, Link Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company, Tasdance and premiered her first full length work, ‘Skeleton’ at the 2013 Dance Massive.

Country Arts SA recognises and respects that we are living and creating on Aboriginal Lands and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.