Children’s Cheering Carpet
Saltbush is an interactive journey through Aboriginal culture, celebrated through dance, music, song and stories.
Not your typical theatrical performance, students gather around the space like an informal meeting of friends. They are active in the performance, become part of it, helping to tell the story.
Inspired by the Aboriginal artists’ personal relationships to their home and country, Saltbush takes its visual cues primarily from the paintings of Aboriginal artist Delwyn Mannix. Performed on a touch-sensitive carpet that triggers image, sound and animation, the landscape is magically brought to life in a kaleidoscope of patterns and vibrant colours.
Contemporary choreography fuses the traditions of separate cultures and combines with a soundtrack of didgeridoo, voice and clapping sticks to produce a powerful sensory journey. This visually stunning production makes the complex ideas of kinship, lore, reconciliation and relationships to the land accessible.
Image by: Tim Standing
Dates & Times:
Thursday 23 June 10am & 12:30pm
Friday 24 June 10am & 12:30pm
Sani Townson – Dancer
Caleena Sansbury – Dancer
Sharni McDermott – Narrator
Production and Technical Manager
Suitable for Years K – 4
$16 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)
Schools – Please download and fill out the booking form
FROM THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR…
This show has strong curriculum links to the ever important Australian Indigenous content, but it’s the way it’s presented that is really special. This is just such a truly BEAUTIFUL and magical show – unlike anything your students will have experienced before. They will be delighted at the interactive magic carpet, and be truly immersed in the performance and the music. It will also help them appreciate the story, as the INTERACTIVITY makes them part of it. Performances like this for young students are rare, so don’t miss the opportunity. To get a better idea of the production, watch the video on the website – sometimes pictures are better than words.
- USE BOOKING FORM OR DOWNLOAD IT FROM THE WEBSITE
All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Riverside’s risk assessment can be downloaded here and education support materials (where provided) are available below.
- SEND YOUR BOOKING FORM TO US
Fax or email your booking form to Riverside Education
Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta, NSW, 2124.
N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward a tax invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking forms.
- RIVERSIDE WILL CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING
Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a non-refundable $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure.
- FINAL PAYMENT
You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 school weeks prior to the performance. We strongly recommend making the cut-off point for students to pay the school and confirm their attendance at around 5 – 6 weeks before the performance or workshop date, giving yourself plenty of time to confirm final numbers. Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.
- FINAL INFORMATION SENT TO SCHOOLS
A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you are attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to running times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.
- ATTEND AND ENJOY!
Seating at schools performances is general admission (unless otherwise specified) and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 minutes prior to your performance.
Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact us on 8839 3308.
STUDENT AND TEACHER RESOURCES
SCHOOLS ACCESS AT RIVERSIDE
For information on access at Riverside Theatre please click here.
ACCESS POINTS FOR SALTBUSH
Interactive Performance (IP): The production provides a high level of audience interaction providing a less formal environment, and also requiring less “passive” attention by audience members.
Visual Cues (VC): The production has strong visual cues giving students a different reference point for comprehension of the narrative or subject matter other than just language.