Friday, September 28, 2012

Singapore with Shadow Liberation

We had the chance to bring Shadow Liberation's Invitation to Interrupt Injustice to the National University for Singapore for Flux! Mediating Asian Change through Language, Literature and Performance. We had a dynamic interaction with the intimate conference audience.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Drama in the Shade of a Tree

Shadow Liberation teamed up with Chindu, to lead an interactive workshop and a performance in a small agricultural village a couple of hours outside of Hyderabad. We fused Playback Theatre, Forum Theatre, Dapu (drumming) and the Ramayana to deliver an engaging theatrical experience that explored a range of social issues from caste to sibling rivalry.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Flames and LED Shadows

K. K. Ramachandra Pulavar generously home to Shadow Liberation and taught us puppet making in the Tholpava Koothu tradition. Ramachandra comes from a long ancestral lineage of Tholpava Koothu artists, and he's the head of the Krishnankutty Pulavar Memorial Tolpava Koothu & Puppet Centre. In the picture above you see us mixing multi-color LEDs with the traditional coconut lamp lights. The Pulavar family was excited to explore the use of the Overhead Projector and LED lights. 

We look forward to working more with the Pulavars in the coming months. (see previous blogpost from my first visit here)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Ballon Dance w/ TEDx Taipei

I hooked up with TEDX Taipei to instigate an impromptu Flash Dance with Red Balloons at the Zhongxiao Fuxing Metro Station in Taipei, Taiwan. (see more pics in this facebook album

The Future is Now!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Shadows of Hope

Taipei, Taiwan: How can the texture of the shadows set the tone for personal stories? Story Encounter and The Garden of Hope Foundation brought together a group of volunteer actors for a 3 week workshop and performance series exploring Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Similar to Gender Shadow and Shadow Liberation, we worked with the personal stories of participants to create an original shadow infused Forum Theatre production.

Through dance and games we kept a playful spirit in the group as we dug into taboo materiel. My co-director Chia-Wen Lin did an awesome job juggling translating and creative leadership, and we were continually having the same thoughts at the same time. So in tune.

See the Awakening News Network article that goes with the above video, shot at our press conference preview.

We did 5 performances in the third week of the project, including one performance for women who stay in a shelter. As tears ran down the cheeks of audience members and performers alike, we were all reminded of the power of theatre crafted from personal stories. Some audience members who strongly identified with the stories were able to comment and/or come on stage and intervene in what became a transformative night in the theatre.

The Garden of Hope Foundation plans on continuing the performance throughout the year. So keep up with the latest on their Facebook page.

Thanks to The Garden of Hope and Story Encounter for making this possible.