The 2017 ‘Celebration of the Arts - A Global Voyage’ showcased a wide variety of drama, dance and music performances, and involved over 180 students at Dover Court International School.
Each performance act highlighted a cultural dance or music from around the world, while a montage of the country played in the background. The programme consisted of music, drama and dance from the following countries:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
The production was a culmination of weekly rehearsals in the limited time since the last production, ‘Carols by Candlelight’. The show also highlighted six of the nine key areas of the Juilliard-NAE Curriculum – Collaboration, Cultural Awareness, Expression, Performance, Literacy and Creativity.
One of the many special moments of the evening included the combined Orchestra and ESL Choir. The native New Zealand song, ‘Pokarekare Ana’, was beautifully sung by the ESL students in two languages that were not their own – English and Maori – while the orchestra provided a thick accompanying texture of meandering harmonies and countermelodies.
A group of dedicated Year 7 and Year 8 drama students performed the emotive and moving story by Ray Bradbury called ‘All Summer in a Day’. The themes within the story are of bullying and jealousy and explores how kids and adults alike can be mean to each other when they are confronted with someone different from themselves. The group adapted the story into a creative drama piece that explored the themes and issues in a touching and mature way, pulling on the audience’s heartstrings.
A special thanks to the teachers involved preparing the following groups: Orchestra, ESL Choir, Ballet, 3rd Harmony, Drama (Faust), Drama (McCann), Singing Voices, Rock Bands, Choir, Piano Soloists, Tap Dancing, Indian Dancing, Spring Cherry Blossom and the Chamber Group.
Head of Music
NAE Regional Lead – Southeast Asia