The Cooroy Sound Circle Workshop will be held on Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:30pm commencing on 25th of October at the Cooroy Butter Factory. The partnership between Creative Noosa, Access Arts and Interact Recreation Unlimited will encompass young people and the community in the Noosa-Eumundi region to improvise sound and art performance in a group directed activity for an eight-week series.
The Sound Circles concept, developed by Queensland's Access Arts, brings community involvement and a ton of fun to all participants. Sound Circles received world-wide acclaim at the recent Japan World Expo, where 12 regional Queenslanders including six experiencing disabilities and disadvantage delivered a series of powerful performances and jam-packed workshops in September 2005.
Sound Circles is an exciting new model of individual expression in a group context. Based on the simple idea of combining sound, percussion and body movement, all participants contribute freely, each Sound Circle develops its own repertoire of performance under the guidance of a facilitator who helps the group determine what they want to produce and how to do it.
"There is no pressure on any individual to perform. All we ask is that they participate in some way, however small," says Ross Barber, Access Arts' Executive Director.
"From that point on the sky's the limit," he says. "While most Sound Circles perform simply for the enjoyment it brings to them and their families, we have some that have produced their own CDs or that have performed to international audiences.
The workshop is sponsored by Interact Recreation Unlimited, an agency which support people from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with disabilities to participate in their chosen recreational and leisure pursuits to connect and build network opportunities in the community.
"For young people and the community having the experience of being part of Sound Circles would open up a world of connection with others which is so often difficult to achieve through other social and recreational activities, where the pressure to conform and be something that they are not just to fit in, can feel overwhelming," says David Murrin, Interact Recreation Unlimited Manager.
Creative Noosa is hosting Sound Circles at the newly renovated Cooory Butter factory, which is now a centre of arts and cultural events.
"The Creative Noosa Strategy aims to expand the Shire's creative, cultural and artistic capacity by enhancing existing programs and developing a range of new activities for the community," says Bernice Childs, manager of Creative Noosa.
The workshop which will aim for a group performance at the end of the series, is being facilitated by Majella Jacobson, Sunshine Coast Co-ordinator of Sound Circles and Gabriela Guimaraes as co-facilitator.
"You don't have to have a talent for singing or acting to become involved. It is about choice, creativity and fun in a non-judgmental and natural self-expression environment," says Gabriela Guimaraes the event's organizer.
If you would like more information or to register for the workshop please do not hesitate to call Interact on 5475 4884 or Gabriela Guimaraes on 0421 416416. For more information about Sound Circles http://www.accessarts.org.au/