Leading Arts Training Organisations Come Together in Cultural and Creative Collaboration

NIDA NAISDAIn an intensive week-long collaborative program taking place this week, NAISDA and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) have come together to explore creative and cultural partnership, cross-cultural storytelling and multidisciplinary approaches to performance.

First held in 2019, the collaboration brings NAISDA and NIDA aspiring dancers, designers, directors and choreographers together at NAISDA’s Central Coast campus on Darkinjung Land, for a unique opportunity to engage in cultural and creative learning.

This year’s program is led and facilitated by Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri dancer and choreographer Katina Olsen, with leading First Nations artists and contributors, including Dr Nerida Blair, Kevin Duncan, Stuart McMinn, Jacob Nash, Berthalia Selina Reuben and Ryan Whitworth, all introducing and developing important cultural and creative conversations.

Through these conversations, students explore the space in between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowings and non-Indigenous perspectives, to embrace cross-cultural arts practice and making.

Olsen emphasised the significance of collaboration in fostering future relationships among emerging artists from the two organisations, who together will shape Australia’s creative and cultural landscape.

“We begin by getting to know each other, working out how we relate to each other, how we bring our skills to the room, and most importantly, how to give, take and share space,” she said.

“This is a truly unique experience and program that provides students with a valuable opportunity to explore and navigate cultural practice, Indigenous Knowings, and provides a collective platform to share stories, create work and develop networks,” said Olsen.

The collaboration is an important and established part of the NAISDA and NIDA programming, creating a vital space for artistic exchange and growth. NAISDA Performance and Production Unit Manager Angie Diaz highlighted the week’s significance.

“This ongoing opportunity for NAISDA and NIDA students builds culturally safe creative spaces enabling our young people to embrace storying and creating through connection with Country,” said Diaz.

“This is a very generous, playful and open-ended invitation to listen and share knowledge and creative practices to build connection; the experience and discoveries will resonate far into the future,” said Bob Cousins, NIDA’s Design for Performance Course Leader.

The intensive collaboration will culminate in a final showing of works performed and presented by NAISDA and NIDA students this Friday afternoon.

For more information about NIDA and NAISDA, visit: www.nida.edu.au or www.naisda.com.au for details.

Image: Participants at the NIDA and NAISDA intensive Cultural and Creative Collaboration (supplied)