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Didgeridoo Music for my Birthday

September 14, 2015

I  really like to support the Dreamtime Dancers.   The Dreamtime Dancers are a group of young dancers who learn and perform contemporary Aboriginal dance in Broome.

Dance, song, poetry, writing, walking, art, running and more are a few ways of safely letting out one's feelings while expressing something that perhaps prose or words on paper alone cannot convey.  The "Loving Earth" company just ran a Fund-raising Campaign on Indiegogo, to help the Dreamtime Dancers.  Text from their campaign is below.

 

Help us provide opportunities for youth at risk in Western Australia.

“Suicide is an enormous problem in the Kimberley. An 18-year-old Indigenous male is seven times more likely to die by suicide compared to his non-Indigenous peers” - Advances in Mental Health (2012)

Dreamtime Dancers is a community engagement 
project for young people in Broome, Western Australia, delivered through the medium of contemporary Aboriginal dance. 

The project is a direct response to the vulnerabilities of at-risk young people in Broome, promoting Indigenous culture and heritage, encouraging creativity and physical exercise and building self-confidence.

We’re now hoping to embark on our most ambitious project to date – a whole new dance known as Nyul Nyul Traditional Stories. In order to do this we need to employ a dance choreographer from Perth (circa $4,000), secure a rehearsal studio (circa $2,000), and create new costumes (circa $4,000). The plan is for the troupe to travel over 2,000km and perform the dance at the Perth International Arts Festival in 2016. If we’re successful, we hope to tour it nationally in 2017 and internationally in 2018, and any funds we raise over the $10,000 goal will go towards making this a reality. 

Director Robert Dann is an Indigenous Australian and Nyul Nyul man, recognised in Australia and internationally as a dancer, choreographer and didgeridoo player. He promotes Indigenous culture and heritage wherever he goes. Dreamtime Dance Project workshops are open to any young people who wish to participate. We’ve performed at more than a dozen events and over 40 students now frequently attend our workshops. A number of our dancers have gone on to join Bangarra Dance Theatre, the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth and NAISDA Dance College in Sydney.

Why Dreamtime Dancers Is Important

A recent survey on the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous young people in the Broome region found that young women are just as vulnerable to mental health problems as men – problems that include but are by no means limited to suicide and suicidal ideation. As the report concludes, the importance of fostering strong, positive and supportive environments cannot be overstated. Robert Dann aims to develop just such an environment in and through the Dreamtime Dancers Project.

Workshops in contemporary Aboriginal dance are delivered on Thursday and Friday afternoons. The workshops are free of charge and provide young people with an opportunity to come together and dance, learn contemporary Aboriginal dance technique and choreography, develop a repertoire of work, and perform together at events and festivals in the Broome area. In and through that process, students are encouraged to dance without shame (and to support each other in that), to become aware of themselves and others as creative agents, and to see themselves as an important part of something larger than themselves, whether that be the nascent dance troupe or the broader community.

While the project has principally been developed and implemented for Aboriginal young people in Broome and, even more specifically, for those whose circumstances and/or behaviour means that they are subject to heightened levels of risk, the workshops are open. Irrespective of culture or personal circumstance, if you are a young person and you want to participate, you are welcome.

The underlying idea is that in and through common endeavour – in this case, a shared practice in dance and the gradual development of career pathways – differences can be celebrated and divisions overcome. And it is through such a shared endeavour, and through its engagement with the broader Broome community (through the medium of performance and the living web of mutual effort and care that underwrites the project), that Dreamtime Dancers will foster a strong, positive and supportive environment.

The direct costs of the project are prohibitive of salaries (except in the case of budgeted involvement from guest teachers and/choreographers) and, consequently, the project is fuelled by the pro bono work of Robert, his sister Cecelia and the project team, the in- kind contributions of Burdekin Youth in Action (the importance of whose much needed assistance transporting students to an from the workshops cannot be overestimated), and the generosity of volunteers.

At present, Broome lacks a cultural dance
troupe and it is anticipated that the performances will eventually generate a small but symbolic income for the project (to be reinvested in the project) and, in the process, will enrich the Broome community. 

Despite the generosity of our patrons, the project is underfunded. There are direct costs associated with the engagement dimension of the project, including but by no means limited to the provision of transport to and from the workshops, adequate support and supervision during the workshops and development of future events.

In terms of student participation, the response to the project has been overwhelming. Attendance fluctuates from week to week but the workshops are frequently delivered to over 40 students (an attendance rate that combines both younger and older students). In terms of enjoyment, the response is evident in the peals of laughter during workshops, the focus that students bring to the dances, and reports from families that their children speak with pride of their dancing.

 

I donated $80 and received a perk, being an amazing and spiritual Didgeridoo piece from Robert Dann for my birthday,which is TODAY - 14th September.   I would like to share it here.

 

At the closing time of the campaign on Sunday 13th September, it was 42 percent funded.

If you would still like to donate, please contact Loving Earth - phone number and email is on their Website, thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/lovingearth?_rdr=p

 

Robert Dann's CD "Wangal" as an MP3 is available   HERE

"The basics of playing the Didgeridoo - by Robert Dann" is available   HERE

 

ENJOY

 

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