ISTA present...

‘Nest’ - An immersive theatrical experience looking into what/where we call home

January 12 - May 18, 2022

What are Digital Global Productions?

Introduction and vision
Each year ISTA will produce two Digital Global Productions, bringing young people from different parts of the world together to create digital performances that will be premiered online and then available for all to watch on a public platform.

Working with young people and artists from around the world, students will develop new live and digital theatre making skills and work collaboratively as an ensemble to produce innovative, international, accessible theatre.


2020-2021 – Our first DGP
In 2020-2021 we produced our first Digital Global Productions based on Verbatim Theatre called ‘2020 Vision’ and ‘Diary of an extraordinary year’. This pilot project brought together 10 schools, 60 performance students, 10 music students and 10 film students with 4 professional artists and spanned 5 months. The digital production premiered in September 2021.

 

2020 Vision

 

Diary of an Extraordinary Year

Artistic information

Title
Nest – An immersive theatrical experience looking into what/where we call home

Project description
This production will be ISTA’s first multilingual and cross arts production with captioned translation in English. The project will be intergenerational, collecting stories from older people (parents, teachers, grandparents, family friends, community members, particular organisations). It will explore how we perceive, create and decide what to call home. What is home? How do you build a home? Where is home?

  • Participants will be exploring and collecting real life stories; one story in English and one story in a language other than English (decided by school in consultation with AD).
  • 1 student from each school will perform a verbatim story in another language using the Hear Us Out technique
  • All students will be dramatising a story collected from a different school
  • All students will be exploring how to use real life stories to create & construct a piece of theatre
  • Music students from all schools will work together to develop original music to be used for the final production
  • Film students from all schools will work together to learn the techniques required to film their own school’s work and capture contextual shots

About the artist team

The artist team for this project will be made up of the following:

Artistic Director: TBC
Film Production: TBC
Musical Director: TBC

Important information

This opportunity is available to 10 schools. Each school will participate with:

  • 6 students working on theatre making (performers, directors, creators)
  • 1 student working on music (can be one of the theatre making students)
  • 1 student working on film (can be one of the theatre making students)

All schools need to commit to the PD&L, workshop and deadlines scheduled in advance (we may be able to make adjustments for Spring holidays but some students may need to attend in their break). Where needed, please arrange cover for teacher sessions and approval for students to be excused from class to attend.

All workshops are virtual and will take place on Zoom.

Joining instructions will be emailed to teachers ahead of each session.

Booking window
Bookings open: Monday 1st November 2021
Bookings close: Wednesday 1st December 2021

Event Manager
Helen Abbott

Schedule

Timescale
All productions will take place over 2 academic terms, beginning in January with the final workshop in May. The completed productions will then premiere online in September.

The process
Each project will involve the following PD&L for teachers:

  • Launch and introductory session.
  • 4 x theatre making workshops, run for teachers only. The focus of these workshops is to prelude the student workshops in order for teachers to be aware, ahead of time, of what students will be covering and will enable teachers to fully guide their students.
  • Celebration session.

Each project will involve the following workshops for students:

  • Launch and ensemble building session with all students.
  • 4 x performing/directing/verbatim/movement) for theatre making students.
  • 4 x film workshops with film students.
  • 4 x music workshops with music students.
  • Celebration session.
    NB. Where appropriate the EC will schedule 2 different sessions for students (2 iterations of the same workshop) to facilitate participation in different time zones.

Nest  will run from 11th January 2022 through to 17th May 2022.

All schools need to commit to the PD&L, workshop and deadlines scheduled in advance (we may be able to make adjustments for Spring holidays but some students may need to attend in their break). Where needed, please arrange cover for teacher sessions and approval for students to be excused from class to attend.

Click the link below to view the Nest schedule overview.

View Nest Schedule here

Finances

Discounts are available for those who book early!

Early bird price
GBP £1,200 for ISTA members
GBP £1,300 for non members
Available 1st through 7th November 2021

Advanced price
GBP £1,300 for ISTA members
GBP £1,400 for non members
Available 8th through 21st November 2021

Regular price
GBP £1,400 for ISTA members
GBP £1,500 for non members
Available 22nd November through 1st December 2021

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:

Dates

Starts on Wednesday 12 January at 09:00
Finishes on Wednesday 18 May at 17:00
(GMT - Greenwich Mean Time)

Participants

• Canadian International School of Hong Kong
• Erkan Ulu Schools
• ISPP
• UNIS Manhattan