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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 26 October, 2021

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COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there was one new case of COVID-19 was reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 25. This case is located in the Byron Local Government Area, a traveller from outside the region and e is not associated with the Aquarius Backpackers.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 24 November, 2021

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Two new COVID cases on the Tweed

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Sprung!! by Mack Walker.

Sprung!! Is kicking 2021 to the curb

Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre has big plans to finish off 2021 in style.

The Northern Rivers-based dance theatre company has an end of year gala event planned for next month.

The gala will include performances from the Sprung!! Ensemble members as well as pieces from its Community Program members. 

You can expect some dazzling dance; creative physical theatre and movement; original poetry recitals; plenty of theatrical comedy, and a rousing finale from the whole Company.

Showcasing a number of works choreographed by the performers themselves, this disability-led event will change your perception of what it means to be a person with disability and how that disability informs the creative process.

Sprung!! is also running a fabulous spring raffle with nearly $5000 worth of prizes, including at two night getaway experience at The Ramada in Ballina, a Breville coffee machine and grinder, ten hours of private French lessons (ooh la la) and two original artworks. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and are available for purchase from: www.sprung.org.au/spring-raffle. Raffle will be drawn on 5 December.

The Sprung!! Gala will be held on Sunday 14 November at 6pm, Lennox Head Cultural Centre, Mackey Lane, Lennox Head.

Seating is cabaret style at tables of up to eight people. Doors open at 5pm with the bar and courtyard available for pre-show drinks. Grazing platters are also available for purchase to enjoy with a glass of wine while watching the performance.

Tickets cost $15–$25 and are available from the website at: www.sprung.org.au.

The Brunswick Valley School of Dance will be holding their annual Soloists Showcase at the Byron Theatre on Saturday. Photo by Tree Faerie

Performance anxiety

It’s been really tough for teachers and students of dance, theatre, music and song over the last 18 months. 

Many young students who would usually have weekly contact with a teacher, have struggled maintain enthusiasm, and teachers who outlay thousands on equipment and preparation time have had to work twice as hard for less income to keep businesses that rely on term fees afloat.

Most classes, in particular for younger students, have a curriculum that builds on skills week by week, but the practise and rehearsals necessary for creating healthy muscle memory and fitness have been a jolty-juggling kaleidoscope

 of mask-wearing, online lessons and cancellation after cancellation.

Some teachers and many students have put it all on hold and decided that they will wait till next year, when they hope life-in-the-time-of COVID will get easier, or at least simpler to navigate. Some businesses, through no fault of their own, have closed altogether.

As the school year crawls to an end, many performance students who have braved the turmoil of learning through the pandemic are hoping to finally be able to put their talents on the stage and actually have an audience in attendance to cheer them on. Quite a few of the local performance schools have worked to the ‘show must go on’ ethic and will host an end of year concert between now and Christmas, and they are to be mightily congratulated. Well done!

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