Wagga Civic Theatre: what's on | September 16, 2017

WOW FACTOR: Asanti Dance Theatre are Australia’s leading African dance company and will wow Wagga audiences these school holidays for Hall-A-Day Adventures.

WOW FACTOR: Asanti Dance Theatre are Australia’s leading African dance company and will wow Wagga audiences these school holidays for Hall-A-Day Adventures.

HALL-A-DAY Adventures is back for the school holidays with raw energy, exhilarating dance moves and phenomenal acrobatics. The show will visit five villages in the local area (Uranquinty, Oura, Collingullie, Ladysmith and Galore) between Tuesday, October 3 to Saturday, October 7. There will be two shows each day, at each venue, at 10am and 1pm with the local community providing delicious catering options for a child friendly lunch.

The experience will comprise of a short performance and a workshop with Asanti Dance Theatre. Having wowed audiences at a variety of events including Woodford Folk Festival, the Australian Dance Awards, Sydney Opera House, and headlining New Year’s Eve at Federation Square, Asanti Dance Theatre are Australia’s leading African dance company.

A Taste of Africa gives a well-rounded experience of African culture, as children will get to experience three activities: drumming, dance and village activities. Participants are treated to a short performance at the beginning of the session that showcases the raw talent and energy of artists. They are then broken into three groups where they have the chance to explore the activities and finish with an interactive performance.

Joined by international guest artists from their company in Ghana, the group specialise in traditional and contemporary African dance, music and acrobatics. The company displays an extensive skill set that will leave you speechless.

"I love teaching the community. Just seeing their smiling faces reminds me of why I love doing what I do!"  - Appiah Annan, Director, Asanti Dance Theatre.

Tickets have been costed to enable a low cost family outing, tickets are $8 each, reducing to $6 each for groups of four or more. Some of the venues have a reduced capacity so it’s best to plan ahead and get organised ahead of time. Full details of the week’s activities are on the Civic Theatre’s website www.civictheatre.com.au. 

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MUSIC MAKERS: Australian Army Band Kapooka will pay tribute to the music of Motown in two concerts on Wednesday, September 20. Picture: Contributed

MUSIC MAKERS: Australian Army Band Kapooka will pay tribute to the music of Motown in two concerts on Wednesday, September 20. Picture: Contributed

MOTOWN is an American record label that started in January 1959. Born in Detroit, Michigan Motown became the heartbeat of American pop music. The record label featured multi-platinum artists ranging from the Miracles, Temptations, Four Tops and Supremes to Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Jackson 5.

As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordy’s legendary Motown made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century.  This music communicated and brought together a racially divided country and segregated society, around the world, touching all people of all ages and races.

No other record company in history has exerted such an enormous influence on both the style and substance of popular music and culture.  With more than 180 number one hit songs worldwide and counting, that influence is still being felt today, from pop to hip-hop.

Australian Army Band Kapooka will pay tribute to the music of Motown in two concerts on Wednesday, September 20. The Band will be conducted by Major Lindsay Mee.  Music at Midday at noon and Music in the Evening at 6pm are both free performances – tickets can be obtained online at www.civictheatre.com.au or directly from the Civic Theatre either by dropping in or by phoning 6926 9688.