Corrugated Iron Youth Arts breaks into celebration this year marking three decades of providing innovative and challenging performing arts experiences that express the diversity of young people living in the Northern Territory.
The company started out as a youth theatre company in 1984 running workshops out of a corrugated iron shed near Brown’s Mart Theatre in Darwin. The circus program began in 1998 when the company moved to its current home in Nightcliff Community Centre, which includes office space and a performance space. This offered opportunities to start working with aerial arts as well as ground-based skills and since then the program has gone from strength to strength. The in-house workshop program currently offers circus and drama classes.
Most recently, Corro has been able to extend circus classes to Palmerston through a partnership with Roseberry Middle School. This partnership began last year when we worked with the school to add student’s aerial presentations to their end of year show. This was a multi- disciplined event that incorporated dance , fire, puppetry, par cours and cheerleading.
The skills development work also extends to a number of other programs within schools and Indigenous communities – both urban and remote. The Indigenous arts program extends from town camps in Darwin through to Katherine. The company has a commitment to long term relationships with communities, developing programs that extend over a number of years in some cases.
The Artists in Remote Schools (AIRS) program runs long term residencies in Top End Group Schools working out as far as East Arnhem land through to Desert country. There are currently 6 programs running in Remote and Homelands schools
We also run a regular schedule of events including theatre and performance seasons including the annual Tease show by young adults; and participate in a range of community events such as Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival, Waterfront Events. A highlight of the presentation program this year will be a season in June at our old home Brown’s Mart where, over two weeks, we will showcase workshop groups, present a new work The Hoist by Sarah Hope and have a number of variety nights celebrating our achievements.
Continuing our commitment to providing inspirational activities beyond the Territory border for our young people, this year we are taking a group of young people to Catapult for the first time. Drawn from two troupes, they will create a work together to showcase and are busy fundraising to support their attendance.
Corrugated Iron works with around 60 artists each year with a number of interstate colleagues joining us on projects. If you are planning a Territory visit, please come and say hi and let us know if you are interested in offering workshops.
If you would like to know more about Corrugated Iron and our work in the NT , check us out on www.corrugatediron.org.au