22 Jun 2018

‘Into the Unknown’ Blasts Off – Fusing The Arts Together

The audience watching ‘Into the Unknown’ Island School’s Space themed production, saw a showcase of original work that bought the Art disciplines together in new ways.

One performance saw student dancers performed their own choreographed piece, the twist was that their props, the music and the film playing behind them were all created by their contemporaries.

Into the Unknown was the culmination of 10 weeks worth of work by the Island Arts Element classes. Students led by art, film, drama, dance and music teachers developed work along the same theme, over the course of a semester, collaborating with each other throughout.

The theme of Into The Unknown was chosen by a student who took part in last years’ show ‘Circus of Dreams’. The audience were first invited to visit the Art gallery which featured spectacular sculptures of floating astronauts and broken planets. A UV section of the gallery included glow in the dark paintings inspired by alien landscapes and hanging sculptures inspired by stars and galaxies. Stage performances told stories of missions into deep Space and unknown lands. The song Space Oddity by David Bowie inspired several pieces of drama exploring the character of Major Tom. A drama piece called ‘Spaceship Earth’ explored our impact on the planet as seen from outer space. An ensemble performance of Space Oddity featured the whole cast as a choir to end the show.

The show’s producer and Head of Music Joseph Travers said, “The students built this showcase from scratch, an amazing achievement. They demonstrated a high level of creativity and collaboration throughout the project. Congratulations to all involved.”

Vice Principal Justine Oliver said, “The drama, dance and music performances were outstanding not only was the quality of the work very high the clever way that the disciplines were integrated showed amazing innovation and creativity.”
“The Art exhibition was breath taking, people walked in and gasped at the floating structures and neon paintings.”