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Tram dance finale after two weeks of artistic intensity

Summer School’s Contemporary Dance Class

Students from the Tasmanian Creative Arts Summer School’s contemporary dance course made a stunning entrance to the lawns outside the Academy of Arts building at Inveresk, aboard a historic Launceston tram.

The Launceston Tramway Museum Society were “more than happy” for the No. 29 tram to be used in the performance, with society member Tim Kerkham saying it had been “a pleasure” to work with the dancers.

School of Visual and Performing Arts head Professor Marie Sierra said “a considerable number” of people had worked together to make the summer school such a success, and that planning for the 2012 summer school would begin within weeks.

The final exhibition of work undertaken during the summer school was officially opened by Elizabeth Walsh, artistic director of Ten Days On The Island.

“(This exhibition) is one which covers a rich range of territory,” Ms Walsh said.

“By simply reading the names of the courses that the students and tutors have explored you get a taste of what they have delved into.

“I had the opportunity to walk around the exhibition with Prof. Sierra and really got a sense of just how exciting it must have been to be part of this summer school over the past two weeks.”

Students from the effective speaking and acting, singing, dancing courses also performed as part of the end-of-school celebrations.

Photo: Students from the summer school’s contemporary dance class pose with tutor Emma Porteus and Launceston Tramway Museum Society members Tim Kerkham and Ian Lockett.

Published on: 21 Jan 2011 1:07pm