Yesterday, ISGR was visited by Pako. During the workshops Pako combined street dance / hip hop dance with a theme of integration.
Pako taught students how to communicate / find their own expression within the dance style they had chosen themselves. Then the theme integration was used in different ways. To arrange movements, how groups were formed and divided and out from the words no, maybe and yes, were maybe meant integration.
The day was divided into four workshops:
1) The day started off with a warm up outside the school building, that was for everyone in the school building.
2) Two longer workshops took place up at Fysiken gym, Guldheden, with grade 8 students from both MYP and LGRM. During the first session students were building up a choreography out from a song in Portuguese.
3) The day ended in the school’s Aula, were students from the two workshops did two performances. Then there was a performance with both groups, picking up movements from the warm up in the school yard, and also people from the audience was welcome then.
4) Pako then had a question and answer session with the students. He talked a lot about believing in what you do and create for its own sake, without expecting anything back, because it will be easier for you to create an authentic expression then. Telling your story in a way that makes people listen. Technique is of course also required, but that is all about practice. And to create is a never ending process.
Pako told us that he thinks secondary school students is the age group that possess the most power. You are very capable of doing things because you are still little, but actually not so little. You got so much energy and ideas. And can support each other in a great way if you become aware of how you are as people. Secondary school is a great time to dream.
Pako says that: “I believe that dance as an art form can truly help people to succeed in what they want to do with their life.”
This was the first Creative School event during this school year at Campus Götaberg. The project is made possible through support from the National Arts Council.