Awards and Judging

The Search for Story of the Year

Wakakirri is the search by The Wakakirri National Panel for the Story of the Year.

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Wakakirri has a range of Divisions for new and experienced schools. The number of Divisions in each region is proportional to the number of participating schools and their experience
  2. Show Awards are announced at the end of every show during presentation
  3. Each school receives a recognition certificate. This certificate lists a number of Production and Performance Awards that reflect the best aspects of their performance. (these are individual and should NOT be compared with other schools).
  4. Story Awards are announced online 1 to 2 working days after the last performance night in a region
  5. Story Award winners are invited to Awards night to perform again (except in regions that only have a single performance night).
  6. Story Award winners are eligible for a National Major Category Award.
  7. Nominees for National Story of the Year are announced and the end of Awards night or online for performance only shows.
    1. Creative Diversity Philosophy The Creative Diversity Philosophy recognises that in Wakakirri finals there can often be two schools that are creatively equal but different in style, scale and technique. The Creative Diversity Philosophy encourages Wakakirri judges to nominate both schools (if appropriate) for national awards. This philosophy ensures ‘blockbuster’ and ‘minimalist’ style productions have a equal chance of winning national titles and promotes creative diversity in Wakakirri schools.
  8. National Awards are announced on Waka TV at the end of the season.

JUDGING GUIDELINES

  1. A Wakakirri Story Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using any combination of
    • Dancing
    • Acting
    • Creative movement
    • Sets and Props
    • Costumes
    • Pre-recorded music
    • Live singing (Secondary Challenge & Dance Challenge only)
    • Projection (Secondary Challenge & Dance Challenge only)
  2. Schools can tell any story they wish.
  3. As an option, schools can incorporate the annual signature item into their story for an extra challenge (not compulsory).
  4. A Wakakirri Story should be progressive (orientation, complication, resolution) easy to follow, appropriate, and relevant to the performers.  Creativity and characterisation are important elements of a Wakakirri Story Dance.
  5. The blend of dancing, creative movement and acting to tell the story (Story-Dancing) is an important element of a Wakakirri Story-Dance.
  6. The story should be mainly told through Story Dancing. The soundtrack should enhance the telling of the story but not relied upon to tell the story.  Lyrical content MUST be G rated. Some narration is allowed (again to enhance not tell the story).
  7. Wakakirri encourages schools to minimise their environmental footprint when creating props and costumes for their performance. This means a Story-Dance item should have sets, props and costumes that are supportive of the story, well utilised and are not gratuitous. Special awards are available to schools that can demonstrate additional ways they have reduced their footprint.
  8. Secondary Challenge & Dance Challenge only: Schools have the option of using live singing or spoken word (e.g. narration or dialogue) to enhance their performance.
  9. Creative Diversity Philosophy. The Creative Diversity Philosophy recognises that there can often be two schools that are creatively equal but different in style, scale and technique. The Creative Diversity Philosophy encourages Wakakirri judges to nominate both schools (if appropriate) for National Awards. This philosophy ensures ‘blockbuster’ and ‘minimalist’ style productions have an equal chance of winning national titles and promotes creative diversity in Wakakirri schools.

NATIONAL AWARDS

  • The Story Of The Year
  • Major Category Awards
  • Environmental Award
  • People’s Choice Awards
  • Best New School
  • Reconciliation Story Award supported by Reconciliation Australia – Story Dances that increase respect, reduce prejudice or strengthen relationships between the wider Australian Community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

STATE AND REGION AWARDS

Story of the Year Nominee (Note: More than one school may be nominated in a region or division)

MAJOR CATEGORIES AND STORY AWARDS

There are a .number of Story Awards available in each category below.   

  • Entertainment Category 
  • Style/Genrè Category
  • History Category
  • Cultural Category
  • Social/Media and News Category
  • Environmental Category
  • Health Category

SHOW AWARDS

Show Awards are presented on the night of each show.  The number of awards distributed are in proportion to the number of schools performing. 

  • Spirit of Wakakirri
  • Best Teamwork
  • Best Backstage crew
  • Best Public Speaking
  • Best Creative use of the Signature Item
  • Best T-Shirt Design
  • Best Individual Costume Design
  • Best Individual Makeup and Hair
  • Best Lighting Design and Call (Secondary schools and Dance Challenge Schools only)
  • Environmental Awards