ISTA Festival Penang: Day 3

The final day of the festival was an extremely busy one: each ensemble worked on putting the final touches to their performance for the afternoon’s public sharing, cycling in and out of the performance venue and taking the time to ensure that all students were clear as to their roles. Some new work was generated, but for the most part it was a case of developing and clarifying which pieces of the previous days’ work would be included in each ensemble’s showcase. The performances at these festivals are designed simply to give the audience a snapshot of some of the work that has been created and some of the ideas that have been explored during the festival as a whole.

The performance took place in the late afternoon, with many of the host families coming along to watch, along with the visiting teachers and members of the host school community. After that, it was time for farewells and one last evening in host families before we flew back the next day.

Some photos of the final sharing will be posted in due course, along with the students’ reflections on the festival experience. In the meantime, here are some images of work in progress.

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ISTA Festival Penang: Day 2

On the second day of the festival, the participants travelled to Georgetown to explore the local street art. As we walked around the old town, the students carried out various research tasks set by their ensemble leaders.

The afternoon was spent back at school in ensemble groups. It was a frenetic afternoon with lots of ideas being generated and played with: an astounding amount of material was created, some of which will be used in the final sharing that ends the festival.

An important part of the ISTA experience is working as  a full group. In the video below, ISTA artist Matt Baker leads the students as they learn part of a song that has been composed around the theme of the festival.

And here are a few images from Day 2.

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ISTA Festival Penang: Day 1

We’re coming towards end of the first day of the ISTA Festival here in Penang and the students have had an amazing range of experiences:

  • A full group session involving around 100 students playing tag, having slow motion battles, singing a newly composed song, etc.
  • Ensemble sessions in which they got to know their fellow ensemble members and started exploring the festival theme of ‘The unknown’.
  • Workshops focused on skills such as street dance, clowning, effective writing and physical theatre.
  • Lots of delicious food.
  • Making plenty of new friends.

The day will finish with another full group singing experience, before a barbecue and then the student social, which will take the form of a disco.

Here are some photos of our students in action.

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ISTA Festival in Penang

A letter will be going home this week regarding a trip that we are running to an ISTA Festival in Penang.

This trip, which takes place from 20th to 24th April 2016, is open to students in Years 6 to 9. Full details of the trip can be found in this letter. Please also visit the ISTA website to read more about the festival itself.

After last year’s successful trip to Manila, I have no doubt that any students who take part will have an outstanding time. Please move quickly to sign up: there are only limited places available to us and these places will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.