Artistic collaboration is one of the hallmarks of Moorambilla. This year Queensland Ballet Education Coordinator Jacob Williams joins the residential camps.
Jacob Williams grew up in the North West town of Dubbo, and from an early age watched his sisters go off to dance classes at the Dubbo Ballet Studio.
From age 10 he wanted to dance too! So off he went to classes. Jacob began with tap, and his love of dance lead him to take classes in jazz, classical ballet, lyrical and contemporary dance. He continued dance training at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), completing a Bachelor of Dance Performance.
Immersed in contemporary dance, Jacob learnt the value of dance education, using it as a tool to inspire young children and help them connect with their bodies. Now a teacher/coordinator with QB’s EdSquad, Jacob is collaborating with Moorambilla Voices to help the children understand their body, providing them with another way to express themselves. He began this week with the Moorambilla boys.
“The boys began their dance and movement workshops tentatively, holding tension in their body. After only half an hour, they were consuming the space with their movement, allowing their body to relax into each movement. I’ve focused my workshops on swinging exercises to help them release their tension in their torso and limbs.”
Most of the boys have never worked with a professional dancer before, and they are absorbed by Jacob and his accessible creative process. Seven Moorambilla boys, who were showing potential, were chosen to attend an extension dance workshop early in the morning.
This workshop provided them an opportunity to further their understanding of movement and dance, but also provided them an opportunity to choreograph their own movement. This movement was then taught to rest of the Moorambilla boys, allowing them to take ownership over the piece.
Over only three days, the music and movement was created for the piece about the Pallah-Pallah story [see http://wp.me/p3N1HI-8K for the full story].
“It’s wonderful having a composer on site and on tap!,” says Jacob. “I have never had the opportunity to work in such a collaborative environment before and having Alice Chance writing music while we develop the piece is a delight and a rich source for inspiration. I am very fortunate to be involved in this project. I am quite sure that this experience has allowed me learn more than the Moorambilla boys.”
“I find this project incredibly interesting. Not only does performance emerge as a product of the collaborative process, but the process itself is also emerging. I can’t wait to see it all come together for the Gala Concert in Coonamble in September.”