Bus Stop is the graduation piece of ARTivate, the youth wing of Drama Box. After 4 years of capacity building, these youths have just started their own learning journeys. ARTivate is about 11 youths but not all about them. Through these production photos, Koh Hui Ling, the mentor (or 'mother', as they call her) of ARTivate, shares her thoughts on learning with these youths.
"Being with ARTivate has taught me that learning takes:
Patience: as with how you wait when sowing a seed and seeing it grow
Discipline: without which you wouldn't be able to see the plans you set out till the end.
Desire: the absolute force that drives you forward."
- Hui Ling
Photography by Pantheon
Veteran language and theatre trainer, Leanne Ong, conducted a speech for dramatic use workshop for a group of Singaporean actors.
She worked on the participants’ language, vocal and body movement in this 18-hour introductory workshop. The workshop was deliberately kept to a small group (no more than 8 participants) to allow the trainer to work closely with each participant.
All the participants found the workshop beneficial. Some expressed the desire to continue to a more advanced level, while others hoped we could organise workshops in physical theatre, directing, musical theatre, etc.
Conducted in Mandarin
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Kok Heng Leun (Artistic Director of Drama Box) introduced Drama-In-Education (DIE) to a group of Ministry of Education (S4 Cluster) teachers in a 2-day workshop.
Teachers get a sampler of how drama conventions such as "Image theatre", "Process Drama", "Thought-tracking" etc can be used in class to create a creative and fun learning atmosphere, to encourage students to take on a more active role in their learning.
Conducted in Mandarin
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The Well marks the first collaboration with Singapore International Foundation (SIF) for their volunteer networking night.
In a nutshell, the *"anti-model" piece takes place in a rural village where some volunteers have gone to dig a well for the villagers. The villagers are originally welcoming to the volunteers as the well is much needed in the village. However, a series of miscommunications, cultural differences and natural disasters cause the well to collapse. The young volunteer is unrepentant, and the villagers are greatly angered and take to arms.
The *joker, Koh Hui Ling (Associate Artistic Director of Drama Box) then invites audience members to stop the play at any time, and assume the role of one of the characters on stage to shape the outcome of the play.
Though hesitant at first, several members of the audience eventually take up the challenge and tackle the issues on stage.
Conducted in English
*A model performance usually ends with a resolution, but an "anti-model" performance ends with a cliff-hanging crisis.
*A "joker" refers to the facilitator in a Forum Theatre performance. The Joker is responsible for facilitating the communication between the actors and the audience, and is usually the director of the "anti-model".
Photo courtesy of Singapore International Foundation
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Koh Hui Ling (Associate Artistic Director of Drama Box) & Chng Yikai (graduate of Singapore Polytechnic’s Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology and former intern of Drama Box) spent most of their time at a printing factory the whole of April & May. They were working with Argentinean artist Gerardo Naumann to create "Parallel Cities – Factory" for Singapore Arts Festival 2012. They even roped in Josephine Lee (Project Manager of Drama Box) to help with the coordination of the production.
The performance gives audience an insight into a factory, where the forces of mundaneness and innovation are openly confronted.
Conducted in Mandarin & English
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