Last week saw a true celebration of the arts with Music, Art, Dance and Drama (#m.a.d.d.) during the annual John Axe Arts Week held at The Diocesan School for Girls and St Andrew’s College.
The music department had no less than seven performances! A Wind Orchestra Concert; Strings “al fresco”; a Jazz, Rock and Pop gig; the Soloists Recital; a Funky Choirs’ Show; the Interhouse Music Competition and the Pipe Band indoor Concert. The versatility of the musicians was impressive and there was something for everyone to enjoy.
The Art Department re-invoked the wildly experimental SHIFT through a collaboration between music, art, dance and dramatic improvisation – exploring the creative process in the crossover between genres. Eventually the audience joined the artists for a complete immersion into the artistic experience.
Drama put itself on the map through the Gr. 12 Exam works performed to a rapt audience. As in the past, the Gr. 11 Site Specific works were an absolute hit, with audiences elbowing for space; while the Gr. 10s entertained with outdoor mask work during lunch hours.
Once again, the Holier-Than-Thou campaign turned heads with their underground campaign, focussing on marginalised groups in our schools through a banner display on both campuses and a video project that had the schools buzzing with opinions.
On Friday and Saturday night, dancers showcased their talents with their production ‘One Night at the Flamingo Lounge’. Dance students from Grade 8 through to matric formed part of this variety show filled with vibey music, glitz and glam. Dance genres included ballet, jazz, contemporary, rock ‘n roll, hip hop and cabaret, and were enjoyed enormously by performers and audiences alike.
Punctuated by daily pop-up performances, alternating art works on outdoor display and general artistic madd-ness, the week truly celebrated the Arts – by the pupils, for the pupils.