Kita Dance Company

Artist in Residency

St Mary Primary SchoolSt. Mary’s Primary School (2012)

Students will be immersed in studies of Asia during their involvement with the project. Development of performance will be utilising Asian traditional and contemporary dance forms to interpret, present and build on student’s knowledge of Asian culture.  The Kita Artist Yong Ying Woo will work with the students to develop a performance entitled “Many seeds in 100 years old Pot.” that will explore and celebrate 100 years of the St. Mary Primary School and its sense of place and identity in this world. Opening night directed by Seung Hi Lee with the star lanterns. 

The main art forms to be employed by the artists will be dance, musical instruments and music, while St.Mary Primary School staff will develop related programs in the art room, garden and LOTE classroom. At the same time, students, teachers and an artist will collaborate to collecting historical materials of the school to aid multi-media projection which will in form them of the school history. The final performance will include an opportunity for families to watch their children’s performance. The project includes research, dance, and costumes and props design and construction, culminating in a performance which Involves the whole school.

2011 Journey to Asia at St. Mark’s Dingley

Traditional and contemporary performing arts forms to interpret present and build on specific learning from different countries in Asia as well as exploring each different cultural celebrations for sense of place and identity in this world by kita artists Sabrina Chou and Yong Ying Woo

St Anthonys School2010  St. Anthony’s School with Kita’s Indian artist Mohini Joshi "Bollywood Night"

Traditional and contemporary dance forms to interpret Asian cultures and build on  specific learning about Festivals from Vietnam, China  India, Korea, Indonesia to explore the Asian performing arts as means of  celebrating a sense of place and identity in this world.

 Sabrina Chou with New Gisborne Primary School (2011)

Traditional and contemporary dance forms to interpret Asian cultures and build on  specific learning about Festivals from Vietnam, China  India, Korea, Indonesia to explore the Asian performing arts as means of  celebrating a sense of place and identity in this world.

New Gisbourne Primary   New Gisbourne Primary   New Gisbourne Primary

St. Anthony School (2009)

St. Anthony’s School, Noble Park presented their performing arts featuring dance, visual arts, music and video conducted by artist Sabrna Chou and Ruby Kao and directed by Seung Hi Lee for 10weeks artist in residency project.

450 students from 45 multicultural backgrounds explored their dances from Indonesia, China, Korea, Vietnam, Africa, Taiwan as well as Rap to engaged approximately 1000 audience members. Parent community was involved in making  costumes, props while arts teacher created the lanterns which students used for their parade and all staff combined to support each class. The higher grade students took care of technical management as well as stage management.

This project focused on students’ own cultural memory to express through own movements and newly created dance structure based on tradition. We strove to improve students’ verbal skills through the performing arts because English was their second language.

Doncaster Primary School  (2008)

Artist Sabrina Chou worked with Doncaster Primary School to developed a performance “New Gold Mountain” that included traditional and modern dances from China exploring historical Chinese culture and its links with modern day society. Students created props and costumes and learnt dances to present to the school community. A level 4 project (140 students) linked with their Gold Rush program which was integrated across the VELS in the Arts, interpersonal Development, PE and ICT. Professional teacher learning opportunities were provided by KITA when they were learning the dances.

This project was funded by Arts Victoria and Department of education and training.

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Celebrating Our Place in the World (2008)

Seung Hi Lee worked with Our Lady of the Scared Heart School, Merbein regarding development of an outdoor performance utilising Asian traditional and contemporary dance forms to interpret, present and build on students’ knowledge of Asian culture. Performance was the final component of a year-long focus on Asia. The project included research, dance, and costume and prop design and construction which culminated in a public performance. It involved the whole school (130 students) with a focus on years 3/4 & 5/6 who presented a performing arts component of an integrated unit across the VELS. It included professional teacher learning workshops on visual arts with recycled material in the classroom, particularly in relation to exploration of cultural themes.

This project was funded by Arts Victoria and Department of education and Training.

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school participants drawingschool participants drawing'Bamboo, Coconuts and Rice' Artists in Schools project, Echuca West, Term 2 and 3, 2007

Seung Hi Lee & Sabrina Chou ‘s Artist in Schools program in Echuca West Primary School which developed a performance that explores the relationship of people to the land; and food and culture in several Asian countries, culminated in a school and a regional public performance incorporating multimedia projection.

Echuca West students from this project had further opportunity to perform as they had been invited to participate in a large project that kita was leading at the Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo in September 2007 as part of the Museum’s Autumn Harvest Moon Festival. 

This project was funded by Arts Victoria and Department of education and Training of Victoria,

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Cultural links to Harmony “Legends of Asia” (2006)

Flora Hill Primary School and artist Seung Hi Lee were collaborating to have the students immersed in studies of Asia. From this work students created and choreographed three contemporary myths/legends, based on studies of Asia, performed through dance and drama, using appropriate Asian music and instruments created by the students to link the three aspects of the performance. This performance was aimed at further integrating Flora Hill’s Asian students and their families

This project was funded by Arts Victoria and Department of education and Training of Victoria

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