Kita Dance Company

Performances

 

Celebrations - premieres in 2007

Moon LadyCelebrationJoin Kita Performing Arts Company to experience the lively magic of Asian cultural celebrations.
‘Celebrations’ features a techno- version of the Indonesian plate dance ‘Tari Piring’, ‘So Go Book Chum’, a drum dance from the Korean Farmers Harvest Festival of Korea, ‘Monsoon’, a Bollywood-style celebration dance from India, the ‘Legend of the Moon Lady’ from the Chinese Full Moon Festival and a rambunctious Lion Dance from ‘Tet Trung Tho’, the Vietnamese Harvest and Children’s Festival. The show incorporates dance, martial arts, drumming and song to enthral primary students as they learn about the movements, styles, stories and celebrations of different Asian cultures.

‘Celebrations’ includes many opportunities for participation. Students might be invited to join the dancers play Korean hand drums, sing like Indian villagers, act the part of one of the Ten Burning Suns or create the Parade of the Lion.

Duration - one hour (including question time)
Suitability - Primary / lower secondary
Minimum - 130 students
Cost - $5.50 per student

Photo right: Moon Lady

:: Celebrations - Teachers' Notes


Tricky Tales

Rabbit and TurtleMonkey and FarmerTricky Tales is a highly interactive show for children that includes elements of traditional Asian culture, including dance, music, stories and song, presented in a light hearted and entertaining way. The performance will be based around three traditional stories in which the tables are turned on an unsuspecting creature. The Rabbit’s Heart from Korea, The Farmer and the Monkeys in the Forest from China and The Adventures of Mouse Deer from Indonesia.

The stories are woven together into a performance with jokes and humour from various Asian cultures. Audiences have opportunities to participate, both from their seats and with selected children being invited on-stage to take various roles.

Duration - one hour (including question time)
Suitability - Primary
Minimum - 130 students
Cost - $5.50 per student

:: Tricky Tales - Teachers' Notes


Martial Funk

Asian martial arts and dance past and present…

Martial Funk

From Kung Fu and Tai Chi to Tae Kwon Dance and Hip Hop Funk, this show introduces Asian culture past and present through martials arts and dance. Kita's highly skilled dancers present a window into the performing arts of China, Korea and Indonesia with a very participatory show that introduces weapons such as swords, flags and fans of the past, and snappy footwork and fast pace of present day Asia.

Martial Funk is an ideal complement to Studies of Asia, Peforming Arts, LOTE and English programs.

The show includes many opportunities for participation.

Duration - one hour (including question time)
Suitability - Upper Primary and Secondary
Minimum - 130 students
Cost - $5.50 per student

:: Martial Funk - Teachers' Notes


Myths and Monsters

Myths and Monsters

Kita Performing Arts Company presents traditional stories from Asia featuring exotic creatures of the land and the sea. These include
- Tokkaebi (Gremlins of the Night) from Korea
- Na Zha and The Dragon King from China
- Topeng Tua (The Old Man's Dance) from Bali
The dances from China, Korea and Indonesia are woven together by stories about life in Asia past and present. Audiences will enjoy participating in dance and storytelling with our performers.

Myths and Monsters is an ideal complement to Studies of Asia, Peforming Arts, LOTE and English programs.

Duration - one hour (including question time)
Suitability - Primary
Minimum - 130 students
Cost - $5.50 per student

:: Myths and Monsters - Teachers' Notes


Tales of the Moon ... and other Oriental Adventures

Chinese DanceA window into the vibrant cultures of Asia through the performing arts, featuring traditional stories about the moon. Highlights include the Chinese dance-drama of 'The Moon Lady', the Korean festival celebration, 'Welcoming the Full Moon', the elegant 'Peacock Dance' from Indonesia and the quaint Chinese love story of the 'Little Cowherd'. Kita's superb costumes, highly skilled performers and enchanting stories make 'Tales', a wonderful adjunct to studies of Asia and performing arts.

The show includes many opportunities for participation. Students might learn the movements of the (Korean) rabbits in the moon making ricecakes, shoot down the (Chinese) Ten Burning Suns or try their favourite (Indonesian) White Monkey movements.

Duration - one hour (including question time)
Suitability - Primary
Minimum - 130 students
Cost - $5.50 per student

:: Tales of the Moon - Teachers' Notes


Journey through Asia

Korean DragonThis program includes dances performed for a variety of traditional functions, including harvest celebrations and preparation for war. The dances are linked by traditional cultural stories and anecdotes with the focus particularly on Korea, Indonesia and China. 'Journey's appeal is enhanced by Kita's collection of stunning traditional costumes, musical instruments and props.

Duration - one hour (including question time)
Suitability - Primary
Minimum - 130 students
Cost - $5.50 per student

Photo: Korean Dragon backdrop by artist Liz Archer

:: Journey through Asia - Teachers' Notes

 


Performing Arts of Indonesia

Performing Arst of Indonesia
Highlights of Indonesian culture that can include dance, martial arts, music, stories and song. We can tailor a performance suitable for your group and budget.

Teaching Indonesian DancePossibilities include:

Tekno Silat - a high-powered contemporary version of traditional Pencak Silat martial arts

Poco-Poco, very popular Indonesian disco style dance

Tari Temperung (Dance of the Coconut Shells), a choreographed version of an Indonesian playground game

Sabilulungan, (Co-operation or One Voice), a traditional Javanese style rice-harvesting celebration dance.

All our performances are highly interactive - including opportunities for students to perform on stage with us, or to learn some of our repertoire in their places.

Photo right: Soepri on Indonesian drums
Photo left: Soepri teaches Tekno Silat

Download Songs, Games & Dances PDF
Make Your Own Coconut Shells PDF


Performing Arts of Korea

Performing arts of KoreaKorean performance

Highlights of Korean culture that can include dance, martial arts, music, stories and song. We can tailor a performance suitable for your group and budget.

Possibilities include:

Tae Kwon Mu - fast moving and highly energetic dance version of Korean traditional martial art form Tae Kwon Do

Flower Fan Dance - gracious Korean traditional favourite using bright coloured feathered fans

So Go Book Chum (pictured) - small hand drum dance, traditional farmers dance to celebrate rice-harvest

Gum Mu, Korean short sword dance - used in shamanic rituals and as battle preparation

Photo left: Soo Yeun performs Jang Go Chum, the Hour-Glass Drum Dance, from Korea
Photo right: So Go Book Chum - rice-harvest celebration dance with small hand drums


Performing Arts of China & Taiwan

Performing arts of ChinaChinese ribbon dance

Highlights of Chinese culture that can include dance, drama, martial arts, music, stories, opera and song.

Duration - one hour (including question time)
Suitability - any age group
Minimum - 130 students
Cost - $5.50 per student (no GST)

We can also tailor a performance suitable for your group and budget.

 

Photo left: Sabrina performs Ribbon Dance
Photo right: Ruby and Sabrina in Kung Fu Shun (Iron Fan Dance)

:: Performing Arts of China & Taiwan - Teachers' Notes

 


Special Requests

We are happy to discuss requests for special programs to suit your event or budget.

 


Tel: 0468 560 959 e-mail: bookings@kitacompany.com.au