Artistic Director Melissa Lanham would like to welcome you to ‘Vincent’ and LJ Project’s education platform.
Whilst LJ Projects is a new collaboration, Melissa’s professional dance life has seen her work around the world, both as a performer and as an acclaimed choreographer. Production Manager of LJ Projects, Daniel Gosling has worked internationally as a touring technician, stage manager, production manager and performer for over a decade and it is now that we have joined forces to debut a show that has been in the making for over 10 years.
We are proud to present ‘Vincent’ at the Odeon Theatre from 9th March 2016 as part of the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival and we are holding some special schools performances. In October 2015 we held a youth dance development program called “Counter World” with outstanding results; involving the choreography, rehearsal and performance of over 150 students from around the sunshine coast, some of whom had never performed on stage before! You’ll see some of these highlights on the website link above.
At the conclusion of this premier tour, we will be releasing a full scale touring educational program based around ‘Vincent’; diving into dance, drama, music and art curriculums. As part of this program we will provide in depth teaching resources and materials, as well as lesson outlines and course work. We will then come to your school to perform workshops, master classes and even the full production, so you are able to showcase the show itself, or its coproduction with your students for your school community. You are welcome to use this opportunity as a fundraiser to assist with your schools development.
Linked below are free teachers notes for you to use before heading to the theatre with your class. All students have the possibility of receiving a certificate of participation and thanks from all of us at LJ Projects, which we can distribute to you post show.
Our education program is aimed at the empowerment of youth and partners an intensive community engagement program which works with local visual artists and performers from around the country, fusing their methods of expression with ours, to truly enable a cross platform arts education environment. Our performances are based around social themes, issues and ideas that are interwoven through our narrative based works. “Vincent” looks at mental health issues and ideals of depression, isolation, expression, bi-polar personalities, love, grief and passion.
We can’t wait to welcome you to the theatre, and to engage your students with our fantastic new production. We hope that you will join us, and we can’t wait to perform ‘Vincent’ for you and your school.