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Australian Immersion Residency

Australian Immersion Residency
Paul Taylor offers one week residencies to model & teach students through an interactive, multi-disciplined experience of story, song, dance, painting & theatre, with choices of 13 workshops. The residency is designed to immerse the students in various aspects of Australian Aboriginal & European culture, stories, history, music, instruments, art & dance. Residency Workshops range from folk dances of Australia including Aboriginal dance where students of any age can learn dance steps & traditions; to making, painting & playing a didjeridoo - which includes the history of the instrument & the painting; designing one's own story in the painting on the instrument; circular breathing & the physics of sound; playing & chanting; to painting a mural in the Aboriginal style that represents the area where the students live. Residencies often culminate in a student performance, showcasing the instruments or paintings they have produced during the week & dances & songs they've learned.

Artist Background

Paul Taylor is a storyteller & authentic player of Aboriginal percussion & didjeridoo. Trained as a social worker and also in theatre, he's worked as an actor & stage mgr in Australia's theatres as well as circus clown in England, Scotland & Wales. Endorsed by the state Arts Councils of TX, WY, UT, ND, NC, SC & SD, Paul travels the US performing and conducting interactive sessions for schools, performing arts centers, festivals, museums & libraries & still goes to the Outback bush each summer. He's worked w/over 300,000 American children & recorded 5 award-winning albums of Australian song & story, honored w/Parents' Choice Gold, NAPPA Gold, Storytelling World & Best Educational & Best Spoken Word Recording awards for Children's Music.

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