A Taste of Africa by Asanti Dance Theatre

A Taste of Africa celebrates the power of diversity in our ever changing multicultural society. It brings school communities together, challenges their ideas of the African culture and allows them to connect with the artists in a meaningful way. After enjoying a live performance including drumming, dance and acrobatics, students, teachers and school communities alike, are challenged to work together while having fun during the workshop elements of the program.

Asanti Dance Theatre have found that students and teachers enjoy having a ‘taste’ of each of the three activities (drumming, dance and village activities) as it gives a well-rounded experience of the African culture.

Developed in collaboration with performing arts educator Belinda Annan (BCA, BT, Teacher of Drama at Melbourne Grammar School) it is an engaging and educational program that caters for the very beginner to the more advanced and takes into account a range of learning needs. Workshop facilitators are among Australia’s best African performers making the workshops both inspiring and engaging.

In the drumming workshops, participants learn the basics of playing a djembe drum and build up to a point where they are exploring polyrhythmic drumming patterns, requiring them to listen to each other and work together in order to make music.

The dance workshop explores traditional West African dances, making it a great leveller. Students are usually unfamiliar with this technique and are challenged by the unique movement pathways.

In the village activities workshop, participants learn about life in a local village in Ghana. They hear stories and explore some of the everyday tasks that children their ages do like collecting water and carrying bowls on their heads. 

Victoria is an extremely diverse state. It is home to people from all around the world and its population is continually growing. A Taste of Africa is a timely reminder to celebrate diversity and come together as a community. People from a range of different backgrounds connect to this program in a multitude of ways. The focus of working together to achieve a shared goal helps to facilitate this and supports the development of community coherence, tolerance and understanding.

Facilitated by African Australian artists, it also offers a positive experience of the African culture. Too often perceptions of African people are limited by pre conceived ideas and images from the news. This experience allows communities to enjoy a vibrant and engaging 2 hours that celebrates the many strengths of the West African culture.

The Arts have always been an important part of the curriculum. Now, within an increasingly global society, we face the challenge of preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist. This requires a move away from traditional teaching practices and a focus on skills building as opposed to content knowledge. As a result, the skills acquired through the Arts are an essential part of student growth.

A Taste of Africa draws on the Arts to do exactly this. Throughout the program students will have the opportunity to use many skills including teamwork, negotiation, critical thinking, motivation, self-awareness, kinaesthetic learning, problem solving and the ability to work effectively with others.

It also offers links to other areas of the curriculum including critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding.

Victorian Curriculum links: The Arts - Dance, The Arts - Music, Health and Physical Education, Humanities - Civics and Citizenship

Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking. Personal and Social, Intercultural

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Feel the rhythm of the drums, explore the raw energy of the dance and be captivated by the culture in this well rounded, educational incursion program.

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Metro: 19th Aug 2019 to 30th Aug 2019
Regional: 19th Aug 2019 to 30th Aug 2019

Asanti Dance Theatre
Duration: 120 mins incl. 10 mins Q&A
Artform: Dance
Minimum fee: $1200 + GST for up to 120 students. Additional students $10 per head. Additional fees may apply.
Suitability: prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10
Booking info: Booking Requirements: 6x4m, Children sitting in front of stage, delivered on all flooring types