1999 Grey Panthers

1999 Grey Panthers

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    Darwin Entertainment Centre Studio, Darwin City

    Throughout the year, 1999

    After spending part of the year being Auspiced by Brown’s Mart Community Arts in 1999, the Grey Panthers returned under the umbrella of Tracks Dance (now incorporated).

    There were several performance projects this year.
    Beginning with Emergence the women learned traditional Papua New Guinea 'Yam' and 'Dragonfly' dancing as well as palm leaf weaving with Paia Ingram.

    Recollections was an intergenerational, multi-media show co-produced with Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, exploring the links that our seniors have with their memories and the use of various technologies and techniques to enhance this. 'History Repeating' was created to a track by Shirley Bassey and the Propella heads, and was made for this performance.

    Next up was Reluctant Retirees, a full-length work for and by the Grey Panthers looking at the change in life from working to retirement. Additional repertoire was created through these performances including:  '9-5' - Dolly Parton, 'Time' - Penguin Café Orchestra, 'Marching Routine' - I left my Job, 'Swimming' - Taking the Plunge, and 'History Repeating'.

    Additional performances were for International Year of the Older Person - Palmerston, the Lord Mayor's Seniors Morning Tea, the Lions Club, the Arthritis Foundation, and the learning of military marching routines at the Robinson Barracks, Palmerston, with the Palmerston Older Adults group.

    The work involved in the creation of Recollections was also used as the basis for a paper that David McMicken presented at the Art and Community Conference, held in Melbourne. The paper covered various aspects of the working processes used with seniors, the facilitation of community cultural development, memory storage units, intergenerational links, new practices that inform our future, and a senior's view on the role of new technologies.

    Creative Team

    Program Leaders: Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Merrilee Mills
    Guest Tutors: Paia Ingram (PNG dancing), Jenine MacKay (direction), Karen Manton (multimedia) and Warrant Officer Peter Clark (drill marching)
    Choreographers: Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Paia Ingram

    Participants

    Lucy Aylett, Kath Baldwin, Kay Brown, Adie Bruce, Bette Chapman, Delicia Cooke, Jo Davis, Jean Dempsey, Audrey Gorring, Kathleen Harding, Glad Morris, Greta Quong, Hanna Stamm, Audrey Svara, and Mavis Waddell

    Tracks Dance 1999

    Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    Administrator: Amanda Carlton

    Inaugural Committee Members: David Taylor (Chair), Ken Conway (Vice-Chair) Chris Raynal (Treasurer), Rukshana Ramachandran (Secretary/Public Officer), Tania Lieman, Jackie Wurm, Kez Hall, Nick Papandonakis (Ordinary Committee Members), David McMicken and Tim Newth (Ex-Officio Members)

    l-r Back to us ?, Kathleen Harding, Kath Baldwin, Del Cooke, Adie Bruce, Jean Dempsey, Kay Brown, Audrey Svara, Greta Quong, Mavis Waddell, Del Cooke, Audrey Gorring. International Year of the Older Person. Photographer David McMicken
    l-r Hanna Stamm, Jean Dempsey, ?, Bette Chapman, Marching at Robertson Barraks. Photographer David McMicken
    l-r Audrey (red), audience members. Recollections. Photographer David McMicken
    Kay Brown. Recollections. Photographer David McMicken
    Jo Davis. Recollections. Photographer David McMicken
    Adie Bruce. Recollections. Photographer David McMicken
    l-r Back Row, Bette Chapman, Mavis Waddell, Jean Dempsey, Hanna Stamm, Kathleen Harding front row l-r Lucy Aylett, Greta Quong, Kath Baldwin, Kay Brown, Glad Morris, Audrey Svara, Adie Bruce, Audrey Gorring, Del Cooke. Reluctant Retirees. Photographer David McMicken
    circle from front, Audrey Gorring, Lucy Aylett, Del Cooke, Adie Bruce, Kathleen Harding (Blue), Bay Brown (white,) Kath Baldwin (back white and purple). Reluctant Retirees. Photographer David McMicken
    l-r Back Row , Bette Chapman, Mavis Waddell, Jean Dempsey, Hanna Stamm, Kathleen Harding front row l-r Lucy Aylett, Greta Quong, Kath Baldwin, Kay Brown, Glad Morris, Audrey Svara, Adie Bruce, Audrey Gorring, Del Cooke. Reluctant Retirees. Photographer David McMicken
    l-r David McMicken, Hanna Stamm, Adie Bruce (Basket) Mavis Waddell. Emergence
    l-r Audrey Gorring, Paia Ingram, Adie Bruce, Del Cooke, Hanna Stamm. Emergence
    back row from centre l-r Jo Davis, Adie Bruce, Del Cooke, Audrey Svara front row l-r Glad Morris, Kay Brown, Mavis Waddell, Audrey Gorring, Hanna Stamm. Emergence
    l-r back row. Kay Brown, Del Cooke, Hanna Stamm, Jo Davis, Mavis Waddell, Audrey Gorring, Adie Bruce, Audrey Svara, Kath Baldwin l-r front Glad Morris, David McMicken. Emergence

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