International Schools Theatre Association Festival in Shanghai 上海国际学校戏剧协会节(ISTA)

International Schools Theatre Association Festival in Shanghai 上海国际学校戏剧协会节(ISTA)

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by Lauren Borodenko, Drama and Music

“What is the cost of excellence?”  This question, provoking deep thinking about the impact of growth and the pursuit of excellence was the starting point for the ISTA middle school drama trip to Shanghai. Hosted by the American International School Pudong campus, 10 QAIS students from grades 6, 7, and 8 students attended the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) festival. Over 100 middle school students from 5 international schools in the Asian region came together to work for three days with professional theatre artists in ensembles, workshops, and performance sharing. Some of the workshop opportunities included scenic design in concrete with one of the designers of Disney in Shanghai, Peking opera, 3-D projection, light and sound installations, musical improvisation, Commedia mask work, and much more. Students went into Shanghai on the second day to explore one of the old neighborhoods and interact with the community. By experiencing first hand the reality of life for community members who are between the two worlds of old and new, they collected thoughts, images, sounds and questions to bring back to their groups and inform their work on the last day. The students have shared many positive reflection about their experiences including making new friends, learning new skills, moving, singing, creating and playing in a purposeful way.

One of the highlights of this festival has been the tangible, powerful realization and connection of the ISTA process with the QAIS vision of learning. Starting and guided by the process of inquiry, the three days were spent recognizing, valuing and exploring the diverse learning styles and strengths of the students, the international perspective of students and exploration of cultural and intercultural understanding and the role and impact on action within a community.

The question I was left with at the end of the second day: “When do we get to go to the next ISTA festival!?”

上海国际学校戏剧协会节(ISTA)

青岛美亚国际学校六、七、八年级的十位学生,参加了在上海(浦东新区)美国国际学校举办的国际学校戏剧协会节(ISTA)。来自5所国际学校的100多位中学生在三天的时间里,与专业的戏剧艺术家一起合作表演、工作坊体验并分享表演的心得。

其中,工作坊体验的内容包括与来自上海迪士尼乐园的设计师进行景观设计,京剧表演,3D投影,光与声的装置安装,音乐即兴创作及喜剧面具的制作等。

此次活动强调戏剧节与青岛美亚国际学校学习理念之间切实有力的联系。根据探究学习的方法,三天的时间里,学生不同的学习方式及优势得到展现,他们的国际视角得到扩展,并探索了文化的和跨文化的理解对社会的影响。

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