Pictures from Jazz and Dance Exchange


IASAS Jazz Exchange was held in Taipei between the 7th and 9th of September, with 10 ISM students taking part in the intensive weekend workshop. Instrument-specific instruction formed the early stages of the workshop whilst Big Band work, specifically in the area of improvisation and performance, became a focus in the later parts. All this culminated in an evening performance. The students were asked to consider how improvisation can be used to enhance the performance for audience members and musicians alike.  Here are some images taken during the weekend:

 The next weekend 10 ISM Dancers travelled to Singapore for the IASAS Dance Exchange. They were treated to 6 different workshop possibilities from instructors who hailed from various parts of the Globe. The classed ranged from Ballet classes for different experience levels to a class on London Contemporary taken by Michael James, a London-based dancer. Filomar Tariso, a Filipino dancer currently based in Singapore, was also on hand to lead a class entitled Contemporary Fusion. This class utilized both contemporary and traditional Filipino music to inspire “a very stylized, neoethnic contemporary class”. Perhaps one of the more physically challenging lessons was the suspenion training workout, which looked at ways for dancers to develop strength and stamina. To round off the hard work on a more social note, all students and teachers attended Potted Potter, a show that has also recently toured in Manila. Here are some pictures of the weekend:

September in the Fine and Performing Arts: IASAS Jazz and Dance Exchanges/ Preparation for the HS play and Filipiniana Day


Now that we’ve been back a month, things are really starting to get busy in the Fine and Performing Arts area of ISM. This past weekend saw dance workshops running for HS Advanced and Company dancers . The tutors were professions from USA based company Hollywood Dance and are in the Philippines on a professional engagement but made time in their busy schedule to run six workshops. The dancers worked hard and were very much challenged by the diverse styles explored.

The first IASAS exchanges are leaving this month. First up, we have the Jazz Music Exchange travelling to Taipei from the 7th to the 9th of September. The weekend focuses on collaboration with other IASAS schools to develop and enhance the musicians’ talents, both as an individual and as a member of a band. One part of the weekend will focus on working as a Big Band whilst the other part involves specialist instrument workshops.  The group consists of the following musicians:

Kang Heun Huh/ Yifeng Yang/ Kyu Hee Cho/ Suk Jin Hong/Ariana Mapua/ Ji Min Park/ Benjamin Jemenez/ Sidney Tinny/ Dauki Kukriyama/ Richard Shih

A week later the IASAS Dance Exchange will be taking place in Singapore between the 14th and 16th of September. The exchange program is varied with six workshops, ranging from Contemporary Fusion to London Commercial Jazz and even some suspension training thrown into the mix. The group of dancers attending includes:

Dominique Purdue/ Bianca Jimenez/ Isabel Lilles/ Nacho Tambunting/ Stephanie Kim/ Chaewon Kim/ Chandlar Lorch/ Maxine Adarme/ Natalia Pena/ Samantha Villanueva

Meanwhile, back at ISM the rehearsals for the school play are in full swing. The cast of 40 and crew of 45 is putting on an adaption of novel The Book Thief. This students taking on key roles on and offstage include:

Student Directors: Natalia Pena and Paula Palamino

Stage Managers: Hara Connell (Head), Lenny Alcid (Tech), Adrian Wibowo (Backstage)

Actors: Lloyd Taylor (Death), Juliana Ocampo (Young Liesel), Dominique Purdue (Old Liesel), Daniel Lloyd (Hans Hubermann), Natalia Pena (Rosa Hubermann), Max (Jacob Hobbins)

The show is set in Germany during WWII and explores four years in the life of Liesel, a young girl who is fostered by Rosa and Hans Hubermann. Liesel’s reactions to war are tracked by two narrative voices: an older version of herself who reminiscences about past joys and difficulties and Death himself, who provides a wider context of what it is like to live in the midst of so much suffering. Opening night is October 18th; in the meantime, get yourself a copy of the book and start reading.

The PISTA council is also in the middle of organising the entertainment for Filipiniana Day 2012. Mark your calanders for October 25th and get ready to enjoy food, music and dance!