Guest Contributor | May 16, 2017 | 0
Hit the Beat 2016 – In Rhythm we meet
Date: Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 2016
Venue: Warehouse Theatre
Advance tickets N$60 available at the Waldorf School office or at the door for N$80
For more information, call 081 122 80 71
“Hit the Beat – In Rhythm we meet” is an extraordinary performing arts project, presented by 80 learners from the Waldorf School Windhoek, with musicians, artists and teachers from Germany and Namibia, incorporating dance, drums, choir, theatre, garbage music and film making.
The preparations consisted of three incredible weeks of choir rehearsals for high school learners from grades 10 to 12, and an additional choice of three workshops for each learner: dance, drumming, solo singing, film making, visual arts or improvisational theatre. The highlights of the project are two performances at the Warehouse Theatre.
How can we deal with discrimination and prejudice? How can we make sure we don’t lose our own cultural identity when cultures are mixing with such speed. One possibility is non-verbal communication through music, art and dance. Hit the Beat 2016 has as its aim for all cultures to meet in music, dance, percussion and art, trying to balance cultural identity with cultural diversity.
The team behind the learners comprises Simone de Picciotto (project leader, choir project, drumming workshop and garbage music workshop), Carmen Nothando-Voigt (dance and choreography), Mia Rößler (theatre, poetry and improvisation), Tapuwanashe Munya (drumming), Felix Spitta (hip-hop and film-making), Markus Sprengler (band singer, vocal coaching and learners firm), Faizel Browne (dancing), Retha Landsberg (Mexican dance), Gerrit van Schouwenburg (Art) and Günther Geiger, Adam Brandon-Kirby, Conrad Hegarty (Band).
The Hit the Beat project began in 1998 – inspired by a student’s idea. Simone de Picciotto was then working at a Waldorf School for disadvantaged children in Baden-Wurtemburg. One of her pupils, chose to do “Drumming” for his Class 12 Project. In the course of working on this with him, Simone began to attend drumming workshops. Soon the first drums had been bought and the first drumming group founded. Since then Simone has been regularly drumming and singing with children in schools.
Seven years later Simone started teaching at the Waldorf School in Windhoek and the project came with her. Here she worked in the high school for a further eight years, teaching music and other subjects. In 2012 she returned to Germany but continued with Hit the Beat in the form of workshops at a number of schools.
Later this year, the local Hit the Beat team, travels to Germany.