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K-12 Dance Recital: Dancing in the street!


This Saturday at 3 pm there will be dancing in the street!  Broadway that is!  The theme of this year’s spring K-12 Dance recital is Dancing on Broadway and all of the numbers are choreographed to songs from famous Broadway Musicals.   some of the numbers include:

It’s A Hard Knock Life from Annie

Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats from Cats

Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray

You’re the One That I Want from Grease

Do, Re, Mi from The Sound of Music

 

and much, much more.

Please join us on Saturday, May 12 at 3 pm in the FAT to watch the range of incredible performances from  our tiniest tappers and ballerinas  all the way up through MS Jazz to our HS Dance Classes.

Admission is free.  Doors open at 2:30.  Show will start promptly at 3 pm.  We hope to see you there.

 

 

Photos from 100% Dance Co. Showcase

 

Follow this Link to a slideshow of selected images from this year’s 100% Dance Company Showcase.

For die hard fans,  the full set of 743 photos can be found at this LINK.  All photos courtesy of Mr. Brandon Hoover, ISM’s HS IT Coordinator and photographer extraordinaire.

Or you could just sit back and watch the slideshow below.  Enjoy.

 

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Photos: CulCon – Dance, Drama & Art


International School Bangkok Art teacher Basil Tahan was a key figure at this year’s convention; Mr. Tahan and his camera, that is.  In addition to taking beautiful and creative team shots (from overhead while the team was arranged on the floor in the shape of a flower) Mr. Tahan attended every performance and event, as well as many workshops – with his camera.

His photos of the Cul Con Students at work and in performance are stunning.  As one ISM student stated, “He managed to capture all of the key moments in our productions – without ever having seen the shows before!”

Please follow this link to view the photos from Dance, Drama and Art CulCon 2012.  Page 1 begins with the creation of the Art Exhibition.   Photos of Obscurum begin on page 18 and  the collection and Indulto shots begin on page 21 with a few more Obscurum shots following after the play photos.  I guarantee you will want to look at the photos from all of the performances and events.  Here is a taste:

Obscurum


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Indulto


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UPDATE: IASAS Dance and Drama Performance recordings


They gasped, they laughed, they cried, they held their collective breath and at the end,  the audience leapt to their feet for thundering standing ovations at both ISM dance and drama performances at IASAS Dance, Drama & Art Cultural Convention held at International School Bangkok this past weekend. The cast of Indulto, dancers of Obscurum and technician Dinesh Mohnani all received high praise for their work on stage and backstage.  Due to the wonders of technology – and the internet – Teacher Yek (who was not able to travel with the dancers this year) gave notes and encouragement during the technical rehearsal via Skype.  Parents, teachers, friends, family and alumni from all over the world and from a variety of time zones watched the performances live via ISB livestream.  Praise, congratulations and support came pouring in via Facebook, text messages, Twitter and email.  If you were not able to catch the previews or the live stream, recordings of the performances can be found here , as well as recordings of all of the Cul Con Performances from each of the IASAS schools.  Direct links:  (Obscurum)  (Indulto – unfortunately, it seems the first 4-5 minutes were not recorded.)  We thank everyone for the support and ISB for providing this service.

UPDATE:  A higher quality version of Obscurum has just been posted to YouTube courtesy of someone who is clearly a huge fan of IASAS Dance performances (there are recordings that go back to 2006, including ISM’s Frieda (2009) and Spectra (2011).)

Congratulations to the Ms. Monsod and the cast of Indulto; Teacher Yek, Teacher Mimi and  the dancers of Obscurum and of course to Dinesh for his incredible technical designs. We are so proud of you. Welcome home.

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Cul Con Events Streamed live from TAS, ISB and SAS.


Unfortunately,  IASAS Cul Con Delegates can not take their home-crowd audiences with them to this year’s Cultural Conventions, however, fans, family and friends of Dance, Drama, and Music delegates can watch the performances live!

Dance, Drama and Art Convention at ISB: visit the convention website for schedules and performance information.

Art Opening: Thursday, March 1 at 6:00 pm BKK time (7 pm Manila Time) 

Link to online exhibition

ISB Live Stream Link:

ISM Drama Indulto performs on Thursday, March 1 at  2:35pm BKK time (3:35 Manila Time) 

ISM Dance Obscurum performs on  Friday, March 2 at 1:30 pm BKK time (2:30 pm Manila time)

 

Continue reading Cul Con Events Streamed live from TAS, ISB and SAS.

IASAS Cultural Convention Previews


It is Cul Con time again!  “Cul Con” stands for IASAS Cultural Convention and it is one of the highlights of the year for ISM’s Fine and Performing Arts students.   This year “Cul Con” has taken on a new format with the traditional 2 conventions being divided into 3 separate celebrations of student artistic and speaking achievement at 3 separate IASAS Schools.

IASAS Music:  Taipai American School

IASAS Dance, Drama and Art:  International School Bangkok

IASAS Debate and Forensics: Singapore American School 

In preparation for travelling to Cul Con events, the Dance, Drama and Music delegates will be holding previews Feb. 22-25.

Music Previews:  Feb. 22 & 24 at 5 pm in the LT

Dance and Drama Previews:  Feb 23 at 5 pm and Feb. 25 at 3 pm in the FAT.

Art Exhibition:  Feb. 20-25 in the FAT lobby

Original Oratory: Feb. 20 & 27 at 3 pm in room 2047

Debate:  Feb. 20 and 22 at 3 pm in room 2052

Extemporaneous:  Feb. 24 at 3 pm in room 3011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K-12 Dancers Celebrate Music Icons


Last Saturday afternoon, ISM’s dancers performed to a full house of dance fans.  The AFAC and HS dance classes all performed dances choreographed to songs they selected from musicians they considered to be Musical Icons.  All dancers from our grades 1 through 12 thrilled the audience with ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary numbers.  If you attended the recital, please watch the slide show below to re-visit some of your favourite moments.  If you were not able to attend the recital, watch the slide show below to see what you missed!  🙂   Photos courtesy of Eugene Perez.

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Photos can also be viewed on our ISM Flickr Account by following this LINK

Don’t miss our HS Concert on Wednesday, November 16 when all of our HS Music students celebrate The Legends of Jazz.  5:30 pm in the FAT.  Free admission.  Free seating – so arrive early.

IASAS Technician for Dance & Drama

The IASAS Dance and Drama team needs 1 technician who will act as Stage Manager during the rehearsal period (November – end of February) and Stage Manager, Lighting and Sound technician for all performances – including the one at Cultural Convention at ISB.  The IASAS tech must be organised, proactive, and willing to take on any task from finding costumes and props to creating original sound tracks and even participating in some scriptwriting if needed.  This person must be a clear and confident communicator as well as a skilled problem solver.  A strong background in sound and lighting design is preferred, but not necessary.  IASAS tech will split his/her time between Dance and Drama rehearsals as needed.

 

If you are interested in applying for the position, please submit a written application of no more than 500 words to Ms. Close.  Briefly outline your theatrical experience and your reasons for wanting to take on the role of IASAS Tech.   Describe what skills you will bring to the role.   Applications are due November 9 by 3:00 pm. Drop by the FAO to speak to Ms. Close if you would like more information.

Romeo and Juliet: Director’s Notes


 

The 2011 HS production of Romeo and Juliet is not what you may be expecting from a  production that is using the “traditional” text.   Read on to learn more about the Director’s vision and ISM’s take on the play.

(from the Romeo and Juliet program)

Why bother staging a 400-year-old soap opera?

In a society where people believe strongly in the ability to create their own destiny, a play about two young lovers who are “fated” to die for each other may seem outdated. Yet there is still much that is relevant to a modern audience in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. If we read the play in a certain way, fate can be seen not as mysterious supernatural force but as something created by people for others. As ISM students move from school into critical roles within a truly worldwide community, it is important for them to not only celebrate being masters of their own destiny but to also understand the responsibility of being people who have the power to determine the destiny of others. Viewed from this perspective, the true tragedy for both Romeo and Juliet lies in the fact that their parents always had the power to end their dispute (indeed, it seems they are keen to do so throughout the play), yet are too slow in exerting the precious influence needed to encourage peace. The message seems clear: make and take opportunities to be an agent of change NOW because tomorrow it may be too late.

So why are there four couples and what’s up with the cheesy love songs?

In order to bring the theme of fate to the forefront of the production, we’ve cast not one but four “star-crossed” couples. Whilst the modern incarnations of Romeo and Juliet are busy falling in love with someone who is supposed to be their “great enemy”, the other three couples from previous time periods are brought back to life to watch the past tragedy of their love and eventual death reenacted. Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet constantly refer to fate as guiding them or, in more intense moments, as an adversary to face in battle. On one level the characters from the past are physical manifestations of fate but on another level the couples, which appear as statues at the beginning of the play, come to signify the lessons we could learn from the past but choose to ignore. The macabre imagery of the old saying “If your ancestors could see you now, they would turn in their grave” seems to be captured by having the “star-crossed lovers” of the past forced to standby and watch as yet another young couple suffers for the same mistakes that their deaths were supposed to have remedied.

So will “the two hour’s traffic of our stage” be all doom and gloom? NO. The play’s optimism springs from the potential that love has to make great changes in society. Romeo and Juliet are two teenagers who choose to look beyond conflicts of the past. Their simple, heartfelt love does seem extremely idealistic but sometimes it takes idealism to solve seemingly complex issues. We hope to express this idealism by incorporating a lot more music into the show than was originally intended. Right from the beginning, music is given the power of breathing life into statues. From this point on, an eclectic range of music is used: jazz standards, original compositions and also a liberal dose of, dare I say it, ‘cheesy’ love songs.

Many people believe that a powerful message needs to be wrapped up in convoluted language to achieve gravitas; however, the most powerful moments of this play are when characters express their ideas and wishes in simple terms. Indeed, Juliet at one point tells Romeo to “swear not by the moon” but to “swear by thy gracious self”; she understands the need for plain, honest words when making important decisions about her future. At other moments, it only takes the pulse of a drum or quiver of a violin to speak plainly to the heart. So, in a sense, we’ve combined the words of Shakespeare with music because both mediums share the capacity to move people, unite people and help them envisage a future beyond a seemingly predestined fate. It is not the words or the melody themselves but the capturing of the imagination that makes all music and drama, whether it be ‘cheesy’ or majestic, powerful in its own right.

Putting it all together….

This show has been the product of countless hours of collaboration between staff, students and friends of the Fine Arts Faculty. It has certainly been a pleasure to learn from each and every contributor as they have woven their magic around a skeleton of ideas to produce engaging characters, original compositions, soulful arrangements, expressive choreography, creative designs and seamless interactions.  As both a Theatre and English teacher, it has been especially rewarding to watch a fresh set of eyes reimagining a 400-year-old text. Long live William Shakespeare’s wisdom and creativity!

Marsha Hillman

(Director)