Raro experience in song and sound

Tuesday October 31, 2017 Written by Published in Local
The performances involved the use of computers and other electronic gear and involved some quick work to set up. 17103005 The performances involved the use of computers and other electronic gear and involved some quick work to set up. 17103005

A group of final year interactive composition students from Melbourne University was on Rarotonga last week, participating in a programme that immersed them in Cook Islands culture.

 

Having spent the eight days learning and experiencing Cook Islands art, drumming, dance and song, the 19 students ended their trip with a final performance on Saturday at the Punanga Nui markets.

Five students took to the stage on Saturday morning at the Punanga Nui markets and performed five original compositions.

And Motone Productions director Glenda Tuaine said their soundscapes and songs, “blew the audience away.”

She said the students’ work offered the audience a snapshot of Rarotonga.

“Saturday was fantastic. Everyone at the market loved it.

“The performance depicted their experience here in the Cook Islands.”

With the help of local artists and industry professionals, the group wrote and choreographed the compositions themselves.

“Mark Short, Henry Taripo, Samantha Ellison and Motone Productions all played a contributing role in teaching and guiding the students while they were here,” said Tuaine. 

The 30-minute performance was introduced by Finance minister Mark Brown, who also told Tuaine the Australian federal government had confirmed funding as part of the New Colombo Plan.

“We are excited to announce that the programme will continue for another three years,” Tuaine said.

“From this we are also going to look at exchanging students to Melbourne from Rarotonga, a move that will hopefully increase Cook Islands development in interactive compositions too.”

The 19 students and their three tutors flew back to Australia on Saturday, and are now working towards the end of their final university year.

“The students loved their trip here.

They said it was one of the most enriching and educational experiences they have had, and they are really appreciative of all they have learned.”.

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