Arts & Culture

Sprung!!’s new program will open doors to greater opportunities

Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre is back in 2022 for good.

After a successful trial workshop in late 2021, monthly ‘Open Doors’ classes will be offered to the Clarence Valley community as part of the region’s ongoing program.

Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation that provides workshops, and specialised dance and theatre training for people with disability.  
The Clarence Valley workshops will operate in partnership Clarence Valley Council’s Plunge Arts & Culture Festival and the Grafton Regional Gallery.  

Clarence Valley Council’s Mayor Dr Ian Tiley said the ongoing classes would greatly benefit the local community. 

“Sprung!!’s Open Doors programs provide an inclusive space for people to connect, build friendships, develop social skills and enjoy a good laugh,” Dr Tiley said.

Each workshop includes expert training by Sprung!!’s highly skilled mentors, professional dancers and artists and can be fully invoiced to an NDIS Plan.  

Participants are supported while they explore dance, movement, physical theatre, and individual expression, guided by expert tutors, and supported by trained Disability Support Workers.  

Whether you identify with having a disability or not, all are welcome to join in for a full day or half day of creative fun and expression.  

Bring your own food and drink and socialise with the Sprung!! crew and other participants over lunch (1-2pm).

Monthly classes will be held in Grafton from Sunday 20 February. 

For bookings and information: https://www.sprung.org.au/open-doors or contact Alex by email: [email protected] or phone 0478 879 706

For more information and media enquiries about Sprung!! Contact [email protected]

Plunge Festival Sprung!! Exclusives

French Cafe

As part of the 2022 Plunge Festival, the Sprung!! touring ensemble will perform their renowned French Café performance in the Grafton Regional Gallery courtyard on Saturday 2 April. 

Set to a soundtrack of French classics, the characters dance their way through awkward first meetings, the eruption of deep traumas, and sensational ‘bring the house down’ cabaret numbers. 

At French Café there is hope of finding love, even for the most fringe members of ‘French’ society.  Tickets are available online via Eventbrite.

Awakenings; The Making of ‘Things Impossible’

During the Plunge Festival, the Grafton Regional Gallery welcomes an exhibition by Sydney-based artist Andrew Christie. 

Awakenings; The Making of ‘Things Impossible’ traces the collaborative work between Sprung!! Dancers and the artist – from their construction of virtual reality experiences to a theatre production at NORPA in Lismore where conceptions of disability, visually inhabit the digital space and complicate notions of ableism, mental health and gender expression. 

The exhibition will run from 14 March to 24 April at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

For more information on the 2022 Plunge Festival program, grab your free guide from Council offices, libraries and galleries across the Clarence Valley, online at www.clarence.nsw.gov.au/Community/Arts-and-culture/Plunge-Art-Culture-Festival or find us on Facebook @clarencevalleyculture 

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