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For those new to ISM or new to the cultural aspects of IASAS, here is a short guide to IASAS Cultural Convention.

IASAS Cultural Convention is held over 3 days with an addtional travel day either side. The dates this year are  February 28th to March 4th, making the convention days the 1st to 3rd. There are three parts to this event, each of which is held at a different IASAS School:

  • IASAS Music- hosted this year by Taipei American School (8 strings players, 8 band members and 8 choir singers accompanied by 3  pianists playing solos as well as performing in octets)
  • IASAS Debate and Forensics- hosted this year by Singapore American School (18 students competing in the areas of Debate, Impromptu speaking, Oral interpretation, Original Oratory, and Extemporaneous speaking)
  • IASAS Art/ Dance/ Drama- hosted this year by ISM! (8 Dancers presenting a 20 minute perfromance, 8 actors presenting a 45 minute perfromance and 5 artists accompanying 25 pieces of Art add to an exhibition. In addition, 2 tech delegates  design and run the tech elements for Dance and Drama. )

Being part of a Cultural Convention group is essentially the cultural equivalent of making a varsity sports team. All students who are involved have completed some form of audition or selection process. The students of our cultural ‘teams’ are called delegates and represent ISM against other IASAS schools.

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF IASAS MUSIC?

Each school sends 27 musicians: 8 strings players, 8 band members, 8 choir members and 3 pianists. Each member of the group completes a solo performance on their chosen instrument in front a panel of adjudicators who will give a detail critique of the student’s playing. Each of the strings, band and choir soloists are supported by one of the 3 pianists. The groups also present as octets. The convention culminates in a showcase of performers from the various schools that have been recommended for an Honors award based on their solos or octet performances.

WHEN ARE IASAS MUSIC PREVIEWS?

Prior to travelling, IASAS Music holds previews for the ISM community. There are two previews, which have different programs so that each soloist and octet gets a chance to practice in front of an audience. This means that there are two wonderful nights of music to look forward to next week. All players involved are of an advanced standard so if you enjoy classical music please put the following dates aside:

  • Wednesday, February 21st at 5pm in the Little Theatre
  • Friday, February 23rd at 5pm in the Little Theatre

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF IASAS DEBATE AND FORENSICS?

Debate and Forensics is a competitive convention with four different events being contested for gold, silver and bronze medals:

Debate– 6 Debaters break into two groups and compete over several rounds, which culminate in a final.

Original Oratory– 3 students prepare an original 5-7 minute speech prior to the convention the convention. The piece is marked on both content and performance.

Oral Interpretation- 3 students each learn a poem, short story or extract from a longer text of 5 to 7 minutes in length.  They present this and are evaluated upon how well they are able to covey thematic significance and character development through by using an array of oratory techniques.

Extemporaneous Speaking- Prior to the convention, schools submit a range of topics related to current affairs. These are sorted through and a selection of questions is created. Meanwhile, the 3 extemporaneous speakers spend as much time developing their understanding of topical current affairs and collecting a file of possible source material. In each round, the students are given a choice of two questions and then have 30 minutes to prepare a 5 to 7 minute speech which answers the question.  Evaluation is weighted 70% for content and 30% for delivery.

Impromptu Speaking- Our 3 impromptu speakers will each compete in three rounds to make it to a final. Each round sees them handed two topic choices and then given 1 minute to prepare a 3 to 5 minute speech on the one of their choice. Evaluation is weighted 60% for content and 40% for delivery.

WHEN ARE PREVIEWS?

Monday, Fe 19th and Tuesday, Feb 20th in the LT

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF ART/DANCE/ DRAMA CULTURAL CONVENTION?

Each of the 6 IASAS schools brings 5 artists, 8 dancers and 8 actors to participate in workshops and to also share prepared work. This means that over the 3 days of the convention there will be many performances and an art exhibition to appreciate:

Art- Art delegates spend the first morning of the convention hanging an exhibition of the 6 schools’ art works. Each school brings 25 pieces of art that can come from a wide range of mediums, including painting, photography, graph design, sculpture and more. The 5 delegates that are present will each have at least one piece on display but there will also be work from students who are not present. The Art opening takes place on the first evening of the exhibition and then hangs until the opening of the last shows. During the convention, each piece is critiqued by delegates and this feedback is given to the artists. In addition to this they participate in 3 workshops and a trip to Intramurous.

Dance- Prior to the convention, each school choreographs a 20 minute dance based around a theme or story.  This will be shared during the convention with other delegates but is also open to the ISM community to watch. This performance will then be critiqued by the workshop leader and all other delegates. The Dancers also participate in 5 workshops led by a Dance professional.

Drama- Prior to the convention, each school prepares a performance of no more than 45 minutes in length to share with delegates and other interested members of the ISM community. The type of theatre can vary greatly.  These performances will each be critiqued by workshop leaders and all other delegates.

Tech- Two tech delegates are chosen who run the technical aspects of the Dance and Drama performances.

 

When are Art/ Dance/ Drama/ Tech Previews? 

Thursday, Feb 22nd at 5pm and Saturday, Feb 24th at 3pm in the FAT.

IASAS Technical and Production team application


This year we are hosting IASAS Cultural Convention for Art, Dance, Drama and Tech. We therefore need a team of HS students to run the technical and production aspects of the convention. Some students will work directly with the ISM group while others will work with all visiting schools to support their shows. Please complete this form by 5pm on Friday, November 10th if you wish to be considered:

IASAS Tech and Production team

 

ISM Fine and Performing Arts Events 2017-18


Fine Arts Calendar 2017-18

September 15-17 Dance Exchange Friday to Sunday All Day SAS Singapore HS
September 20 Great Works Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT HS
October 13 & 14 MUN Locals Conference Friday & Saturday All day ISM Hosting HS
October 19 to 21 HS Play Thursday to Saturday All day FAT HS
November 8 to 12 IASAS MUN Wednesday to Sunday All day International School Bangkok HS TRIP
November 15 All Choirs Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT ES/MS/HS
November 20 to 24 THIMUN Monday to Friday All day Singapore HS TRIP
November 21 Grade 2 Concert Tuesday 8:00 am FAT ES
November 21 ES AFAC Recital Tuesday 3:00 pm LT ES
November 27th MS Art Exhibition Opening Monday 3:00 pm FAT Lobby MS
November 27 to December 11 MS Art Exhibition Monday to Monday All Day FAT Lobby MS
November 27 All Strings Concert Monday 5:30 pm FAT MS/HS
November 29 All Bands Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT MS/HS
November 30 to Deccember 3 Robotics Tournament Thursday to Sunday All day Taipei American School HS TRIP
December 9 K-12 Dance Recital Saturday 3:00 pm FAT ES/MS/HS
January 16 Manila Student Film Festival Tuesday 5:00 pm FAT MS/HS
January 18 TRI-M Music Night Thursday 5:30 pm LT HS
January 19 to 21 GIN Conference Thursday to Sunday All day Concordia International School Shanghai HS TRIP
January 25 Children’s Musical Theater Thursday wholeday FAT ES
January 24 to 28 AMIS Orchestra Wednesday to Sunday All day Hong Kong Interntaional School MS Trip
January 27 Fast and Fresh Theater Festival Saturday All day ISM Hosting MS
February 1 to 4 ISTA Thursday to Sunday All day Bangkok MS Trip
February 7 to 11 AMIS Band Wedensday to Friday All day United Nation International School of Hanoi MS Trip
February 19 to 24 IASAS Preview Dance, Drama, Music, Art and Debate/Forensic Monday to Saturday All day FAT/AMR/LT HS
March 3 GIN Manila Conference Saturday All day Brent HS
March 2-4 GIN Conference Friday to Sunday All day Canggu Community School, Bali MS
February 28 to March 4 IASAS Cultural Convention Dance, Drama, Music, Art and Debate/Forensic Thursday to Sunday All day TAS/ISM/SAS HS
March 7 to 22 IB Visual Arts Exhibition Wednesday to Thursday All day FAT Lobby HS
March 7 IB Visual Arts Exhibition Opening Wednesday 3:00 pm FAT Lobby HS
March 14 to 18 AMIS Orchestra Wednesday to Sunday All day Seoul Foreign School MS Trip
April 4 to 8 AMIS Boys and Girls Choir Wednesday to Sunday All day International School Bangkok MS Trip
April 17 HS Finale Concert Tuesday 5:30 pm FAT HS
April 18 HS Film Festival Wednesday 3:00 pm FAT HS
April 17 to 24 ES Art Exhibit Tuesday to Tuesday All day FAT Lobby ES
April 19 100% Dance Co Thursday 3:30 pm FAT HS
Apirl 25 to 28 VEX Robotics World Championship Wednesday to Saturday All day Kentucky USA HS
May 3 to 16 MS/HS Art Exhibition Tuesday to Wednesday All day FAT Lobby MS/HS
May 4 Preschool Concert Friday 8:00 am LT ES
May 4 & 5 MS Play Friday & Saturday All day FAT MS
May 8 Kindergarten Concert Tuesday 8:00 am LT ES
May 12 Dance Recital Saturday 3:00 pm FAT ES/MS
May 21 to June 1 IB1 Art Exhibition Monday to Friday All day FAT Balcony HS
May 23 HS Dance Finale Wednesday 3:00 pm LT HS
May 25 Grade 1 Concert Friday 8:00 am LT ES
May 30 MS Finale Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT MS
June 1 AFAC Recital Friday 3:00 pm LT ES/MS

IASAS Debate & Forensics Try Outs 2016/17


This next IASAS Debate and Forensics Convention is hosted by International School Bangkok. The group of 6 Debate, 3 Oral Interpretation, 3 Original Oratory, 3 Impromptu and 3 Extemporaneous speakers will travel on March 1st, 2017. If you would like to be considered for one of these spots you should already be talking with the coaches. Here is a list of try out dates. The teacher leading each group is underlined. Please talk with them ASAP if you haven’t already been in contact:

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Here is the link to the IASAS Impromptu Speaking try out sign up form: IASAS IMPROMPTU SPEAKING- SIGN UP HERE!

 

IASAS Art Applications


Ms. Dodd, Ms. Godfrey and Ms. Wong will email all Graphic Design, Photography, Sculpture and Ceramics, Intro Art, Explore Art and IB Art students on November 7th. Please look out for that email and if you would like to be one of the 5 travelling IASAS Delegates, be prepared to complete this application by November 11th. 

IASAS Dance Auditions

Ms. Wong and Ms. Rankin look forward to working with you. We will be exploring the play  “Waiting for Godot: by Samuel Becket. We are not looking for a literal retelling of the play but we wish to explore the themes of repetition, waiting, filling the space, faith and nihilism through dance.
Auditions will be Thursday November 3rd and  Friday November 4th in the HS Dance room from 3.15 – 4.45 pm.  Please sign up on the form outside the FINE ARTS Office. 
Thursday’s audition will require you to perform a 1 minute prepared dance based on your interpretation of the title.  Please be able to explain your piece. As well as working with prescribed choreography.
Friday’s audition will include devising.
Places will not be announced until Wednesday 9th November as Drama auditions will take place on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th.

IASAS Drama Auditions


WHEN and WHERE: IASAS Drama auditions are afterschool on Wednesday, November 2nd and Monday, November 7th. You will need to attend both days to try out for IASAS Drama.  Both parts of the audition will take place in the HS Dance room 3050.

What does the audition involve? You need to come to both phases of the audition to be considered. On the Wednesday, we will be devising scenes. You will then be given specific tasks for developing these and be prepared to present on the Monday. Obviously, your ability to touch base with your scene partners will be part of the process.

What should I do before the audition? Number 1 is to complete this audition form before October 21st

IASAS DRAMA 2016/17 AUDITION FORM

Do I need to prepare anything for the audition? i don’t need any prepared scenes but you should research ideas that you can use in the devising process beforehand. See below for a list of starting points.

What are we looking for? This will be a devised ensemble performance utilizing physical theatre so the audition process will look for the following skills:

  • *Adding or developing ideas during devising
    *Researching and developing material in between rehearsals
    *Physical and spatial awareness
    *Willingness to act upon an idea quickly without too much discussion (Do it rather than talk about it! Follow your instincts!)
    *Ability to establish clearly defined characters in a short space of time

Starting Point for Devising: The German legend of Faust

Faust was a celebrated academic yet dissatisfied with life. In exchange for infinite wisdom and power, he promises his soul to the devil. We will take this basic idea and explore what this might mean in a 21st century context. What aspects of your humanity would you give up in order to get what you want? Areas to research before auditioning:

  • The basic outline of the legend of Faust (both Goethe and Marlow versions). Wikipedia is fine.
  • What it means to make a Faustian deal
  • The concept of Duende, both the idea of sprites but also in connection to the soul and art.
  • Current news about people using the internet to gain power/ knowledge or using technology to enhance their natural abilities (e.g. Google glasses)
  • Any other ideas you get from your research!

 

IASAS Music Cultural Convention- Host Families needed!


This year ISM has the honour of hosting IASAS Music. This exciting event  brings together 162 student musicians from across the IASAS network.  Each school brings 27 students from various Music programs: 8 from Band, 8 from Choir, 8 from Strings and 3 piano players.  Throughout the convention each student will perform a solo, which is critiqued by our adjudicators (professional musicians from Manila). The various octets will then perform a selection of pieces as a group. The whole convention culminates in a Gala concert of Saturday night where our International guest conductors bring together large group performances.

The biggest challenge of hosting any event is definitely making sure we have enough beds to house our guests. Please help by clicking the link below and filling out the housing form. Housing is a fun way to feel part of the event and also beneficial because of the international friendships it fosters. All students coming are High School age but you  don’t have to be in high school to offer up a bed.

IASAS CC Music Housing request letter and form

 

IASAS Cultural Convention Auditions begin


This week, the first auditions for  IASAS Cultural Convention are taking place. For those new to ISM, Cultural Convention is actually 3 separate events hosted by 3 different IASAS schools. This year, IASAS CC is March 3rd, 4th and 5th and is held in the following places:

  • Debate & Forensics hosted by ISKL in Kuala Lumpur
  • Art/ Dance/ Drama hosted by TAS in Taipei
  • Music (Strings/ Band/ Vocals/ piano) hosted by us!

This week we see Music auditions taking place. Students should have already talked to the IASAS coaches if they want to be involved. These are Ms. Carrie Grev for Vocals, Mr. Tom Nazareno for Band and Mr. Giovanni Bobbise for Strings.

In the first week after October break, Drama auditions will take place in the FAT on November 5th & 6th  and then Dance on the 18th. This year, Ms. Tami Monsod and Ms. Yek Barlongay will direct a joint Dance/ Drama piece, which will certainly be an exciting event.

Art has a selection process that happens within G22 Art classes.

Debate and Forensics coaches will also start selections in November so students should watch out for details of these mentioned in assembly and posted on the Fine Arts Office notice board.