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Bodies as Buildings Term 3

24 -28 July 2023

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Schools

STEAM Workshop | Stages 2 - 3

Students will use dance practice to consider how architects create buildings for people to inhabit, work, move and explore in urban spaces.

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Available from April 2023

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Exploring choreography, collaboration, the body in public places and the connection between the engineering of a building and human body in Dance, PDHPE and Mathematics.

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Exploring the architecture of the body

This workshop enables students to learn how to interpret the geometry, engineering, materials and elements of the building to create a series of movements, dance works and choreography with their bodies. Students will consider how architects create buildings for people to inhabit, work, move and explore in urban spaces.

In this workshop, students will use their imaginations and bodies to create movement and dance sequences, drawing from specific architectural spaces in the Opera House as repositories of physical 'memories'. Students also learn how biomechanics from nature can inspire design and architecture to explore their own anatomy through movement and create abstract representations from their discoveries.

Bodies as Buildings is a Creative Learning Workshop developed by Charemaine Seet with the Creative Learning Team at the Sydney Opera House.

Program information

These newly developed Creative Learning Modules use the site and building of the Sydney Opera House as a catalyst for learning about science, technology, engineering, arts, architecture and maths - transforming the way we understand STEM subjects and ideas through the creative and performing arts.

The Modules can be delivered alongside a tour of the House exploring First Nations perspectives, the architectural practice of Jorn Utzon and his collaborators, as well as the contemporary uses of the site as a world-class performing arts venue. All Modules include pre- and post-learning activities, as well as a range of video resources designed for students to develop lateral connections with content for deeply embedded learning experiences.

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