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One the Bear: Creative Learning

Explore themes of identity, exploitation, appropriation and friendship in a world gone wild with celebrity.

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“This is art-activism at its best, performed with compassion, vibrancy and joy.”

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NSW Syllabus Links:

A fairy tale for the hip hop generation.

Explore themes of identity, exploitation, appropriation and friendship in a world gone wild with celebrity.

Set in a garbage tip, this is the story of a young female bear that wants more for her tribe. As One and her best friend Ursula get up to mischief and mourn the dank life they lead, the two spit rhymes on living under Human Hunter law and dream of the days when bears were free; eating fresh fish rather than packaged fish fingers. But what happens when One is given the opportunity to speak for her community? What happens when fame knocks at the door?

Written wholly in rhyme, this stunning dystopian world guarantees to burst your senses and expand your mind.

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NSW Curriculum Links

Subject Objective Outcomes
Stage 5 Stage 6 Preliminary Stage 6 HSC Australian curriculum
general capabilities
Other general capabilities
Drama Making 5.1.4 P1.4 H1.3 - Intercultural understanding
- Personal and social
- Ethical understanding
- Critical and creative
- Literacy
- Civics and citizenship
- Difference and diversity
- Work and enterprise
Performing 5.2.2 P2.1, P2.2, P2.6 H2.4
Appreciating 5.3.1, 5.3.2    
Critically Studying   P3.2, P3.3, P3.4 H3.1, H3.3, H3.4, H3.5
Music Listening 5.7, 5.8    
Value and Appreciate 5.10, 5.11    
Music 1 To develop the skills to evaluate music critically   P5 H5, H6
To develop personal values about music   P11 H11
Music 2 To continue to develop musicalknowledge and skills, an understanding of music in social, cultural and historical contexts, and music as an art form through activities of performance, composition, musicology and aural   P5 H5
To develop the ability to synthesise ideas and evaluate music critically   P6 H6
To develop personal values about music   P12 H12
Dance Dance Composition 5.2.1   H3.3
Dance Appreciation 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.3.3 P4.1, P4.2 H4.1, H4.5
Dance as an Artform   P1.1, P1.2, P1.4 H1.1, H1.3, H1.4

Ticket and Travel Subsidy

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing the very best national and international performing arts experiences to NSW students as part of their educational studies.

The Sydney Opera House Arts Assist program provides the full cost of the Creative Learning performance ticket and $5 per student toward travel costs. School applications are assessed according to socioeconomic disadvantage, schools with special needs and individual responses regarding the School Profile and School Community.

The Sydney Opera House thanks and acknowledges our generous Arts Assist donors; The Greatorex Foundation and Sydney Opera House Ladies’ Committee.

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