The MAXed OUT Company has been growing from strength to strength since it was established in 2008. It is a vehicle for extraordinary artistic performances involving singing, percussion, dance and composition of the highest calibre. MAXed OUT is open to high school aged boys and girls, who are selected following the Skills Development Workshop Tour earlier in the year.
The talented students meet at residency camps in August and September to work collaboratively with their peers from across the region and with the professional musicians and artists who lead the project in a focussed and intensive artistic environment. Previous projects have been nothing short of sensational, featuring the opportunity to create an original work in collaboration with Japanese percussion ensemble Taikoz and some of Australia’s premier composers. These works explore the rich regional and Indigenous culture of the region – of local legends and powerful landscapes, speaking authentically of the experiences of living in regional and remote communities.
At the residency camps, the students develop skills in:
- choral singing
- compositional techniques
- percussion and taiko
- dance and movement skills
- creativity using other artistic mediums
- performance experience
- self-confidence and self-discipline
- collaboration with peers from across the region
- social skills and leadership
The repertoire and skills learnt during the residency camps are put into practice at the annual Moorambilla Gala Concert in September. In 2019 this will take place in Dubbo at the Dubbo Regional Theatre. The students travel from Baradine to Dubbo, and then perform in three concerts alongside some of Australia’s leading musicians and associate ensembles, including artists from Sydney Dance Company, The Song Company and percussionists from Taikoz.
If you have any questions about the MAXed OUT Company, feel free to contact Dane Simpson, MAXed OUT Mentor on 0428 562 665 firstname.lastname@example.org