Destiny Bay is an historical music/theatre production based on interaction between Maori and European whalers in the mid 1800’s.
To introduce students to aspects of New Zealand life in the mid 1800’s, with special emphasis on the positive early interaction and mutual respect between Maori and European whalers. To involve students in performing arts and traditional crafts.
At the performance and through study of the complimentary resource kit students will:
Learn about interaction between Maori and European whalers
Learn about aspects of Maori and whaling culture
Learn new Pakeha and Maori songs and dances
Learn how to make and play traditional Maori instruments
Learn about aspects of performing arts production
This programme provides strong contributions to the various strands in the disciplines of music, dance, drama and visual arts in the Arts curriculum as well as making strong contributions to strands in the social studies curriculum.
Destiny Bay takes the form of a multi-discipline music/theatre piece written for primary/intermediate age students. It tells the story of a young European whaler whose adventures paint a vivid picture of life in New Zealand during the mid 1800’s. The lively presentation includes new and traditional songs, dance and instrumentals. Three traditional Maori instruments (the tumutumu, porotiti and koauau) and three traditional Irish instruments (the uilleann pipes, harp and fiddle) are discussed and included in the performance.
Students participate through singing and actions and volunteers are invited to act and dance.
The writing of this programme and the extensive resource kit has been made possible by the support of Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and Sealord.
The performance usually lasts around 50 minutes, set up takes around 20 minutes.
The following preparation will contribute to the success of the performance: Look at students’ ancestry, how many can trace their ancestry back to the mid-1800’s? Talk about what happens at a concert, i.e. listening, showing appreciation, etc.
The complimentary resource kit includes a step by step guide on how to produce the show at school, script, lyrics and score, suggestions for dance, actions and staging. Full and vocal-less versions are provided on a CD, with cuing instructions for live performance. Craft projects include the construction of traditional Maori instruments.