Spotlight sessions January to May 2021

11 January 2021

The Spotlight session with Fenella was a successful workshop and it was great to see my kids talking to other students from other schools and sharing. It was also the first time the kids had been on campus and met each other. Some are new to the school and have not left their bedrooms since March.

Robert Russell
Teacher whose students attended the Practical and physical research in theatre Spotlight December 2020

 

If you are unfamiliar with the nature of these sessions, please refer to our earlier blog which you can find here.

Our programme for January through to May 2021 is now live and you can book any (or all!) of our monthly sessions here.

Sessions take place on the last Saturday of the month and each month we run 3 sessions for students primarily in Asia, Europe or the Americas. Students may sign up individually or through you as their teacher, as a group. You may also sign up for a session ‘out of region’ if the times suit you.

Timings of the sessions are typically:
Saturdays…
• 4:00-6:00pm Singapore time
• 10:00am – 12:00pm Central European time
• 11:00am – 1:00pm US Eastern time

Led by ISTA artists who are either IB workshop leaders, examiners or both, these sessions allow students a ‘deep-dive’ into a core, foundational skill required throughout the course AND the opportunity to collaborate with DP Theatre students across the globe.

I really enjoyed being able to work with everyone that attended, it was interesting to see their different ideas and how they related the play to their own experiences. What stuck out to me was analyzing the characters that were not focused on and finding hidden stories as well as thinking about how the story would be different through their perspectives. I found this interesting as it relates to my current work with the Solo Project, in which I want to focus on individuals who are marginalized. Another thing I learned was being able to relate the story to others, whether it was real or fictional. I remember connecting the play to fairytales such as Cinderella and Pinocchio and by doing so I was able to have a better understanding of the underlying themes. Overall, I really enjoyed the workshop, thank you!

Annika O
Student who attended the Reading and responding to a play as a director Spotlight November 2020

 

Date Title Description Workshop leader Webpage links

Saturday 30th January 2021 Solo Theatre Piece crash course The Solo Theatre Piece is a complex task which requires you to approach it from all perspectives. You are creator, director, designer and performer. This is a daunting prospect, so in this practical workshop, we will break it down, demystify some of the steps of the process and explore a recipe for success in the task. Simon Bell Session #1 – afternoon Asia

Session #2 – morning Europe

Session #3 – morning Americas


Saturday 27th February 2021 The Journal: documenting your Theatre journey This workshop will explore what it means to journal and how this is essential and relevant to the course and assessment tasks. We will also explore a range of ways to approach documenting work from the different perspectives (performer, director, designer, creator and spectator) and how this material can be applied to the assessment tasks. Fenella Kelly Session #1 – afternoon Asia

Session #2 – morning Europe

Session #3 – morning Americas


Saturday 27th March 2021 Good grades: It’s all about the reflection! Reflection is a requirement of the DP  Theatre course and the assessment tasks. It’s the way we make sense of our experiences in theatre and learn from them. Guided reflection helps us create and develop our  theatre work. This workshop looks not only at how to reflect effectively but also how to document this for assessment. Dinos Aristidou Session #1 – afternoon Asia

Session #2 – morning Europe

Session #3 – morning Americas


Saturday 24th
April 2021
Exploring TEAM
and analysing live theatre
The workshop will explore what we mean by Tension, Emotion, Atmosphere and Meaning, how they can be created and how to look for them and explain them. Simon Bell Session #1 – afternoon Asia

Session #2 – morning Europe

Session #3 – morning Americas


Saturday 29th
May 2021
Unlocking the door
to research and referencing
This workshop focuses on all the types of research that are required during the Diploma Theatre course and for the four assessment tasks. It will explore the
nature of sources that are required, how to document research, cite sources and also explore academic and somatic research approaches.
Fenella Kelly Session #1 – afternoon Asia

Session #2 – morning Europe

Session #3 – morning Americas


 

I went to the workshop and had so much fun. Simon is absolutely amazing and such a lovely person. I was not super motivated to go at first because it was at 8:00am but I got up and went and I am so glad that I did. I think my favourite part was just being able to talk to people all around the world, that was super cool. The play was a good choice and I feel like I have a better understanding of how to analyse and unravel a play’s meaning. It was so great to be able to collaborate with everyone and just discuss theatre with people who are in IB and love theatre as well. I had some really cool conversations that I have definitely kept with me, both related to IB and the play as well as completely unrelated stuff just talking about life. I thought Simon was awesome, he did an amazing job leading the group of us and was very supportive and just happy to see us participating which was really sweet. It was really worth the time and for sure worth getting up at 7:00 in the morning. I will definitely be going to the next one and I am really looking forward to it!

Ellie O.
Student who attended the Reading and responding to a play as a director Spotlight November 2020