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2011 花東藝術創作營高中組 Class: Dancing Puppet Troupe



This Thursday morning, we were visited by Ms. Shi PeiYu of the Flying Group Puppet Troupe. Shi is the leader and founder of Flying Group and a leading puppeteer in both Taiwanese and International circles.

Students started by learning how to work with puppets. Shi taught us that a puppet is not an sculpture-- it is an actor, brought to life by the carefully decided movements and control of the puppeteer. Students learned how to be sensitive of handling the puppets, its movements, its eye contact, and its personality.

Later, our campers are able to create their own puppets. Using pieces of cloth, plastic bottles, and newspaper, students prepared both the puppets and the set for their afternoon puppet shows.

Below, our afternoon puppet showings! Students grouped in fours and fives presented their own puppet shows. They also hand-made their set and puppets beforehand.

 


Class Description Turning Stone into Gold: Dancing Puppet Troupe

Watch newspapers begin to dance, hear plastic bottles begin to sing. Find your old clothes, old chopsticks, and old plastic bags. Put them together to create a puppet that breathes, thinks, and comes alive! With your imagination, you can let 'trash' begin to tell stories and bring forth legends and tales with your hands.


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July 21,2011

2011 花東藝術創作營高中組 Class: Cloud Gate Dance Troupe

When was the last time you danced out of happiness? If someone asked you to create a dance that defines you, how would you do it?

Our instructors this past Wednesday, Yang LinKai and Yang WenBang of the Cloud Gate Dance Troupe helped our student find answers. 

 

 

 The graceful duo, Yang LinKai (above) and Yang WenBang (below) of Taiwan's famous Cloud Gate Dance Troupe.


Before we learn how to dance, LinKai explained, we needed to learn how to listen with our bodies. So, grouped in pairs, our students took turns closing their eyes, standing upright, and simply letting their bodies sense their surroundings. The partners then must send 'messages' to their classmates without touching or speaking to them, just moving around them. 

 Teacher Xie WanRong learning to quiet her body with her partner at her side.


Can you hear me? Students sending messages to their partners by moving around them. 



We then were able to learn how to work with our bodies. Here, one student lay back and completely relaxed while her partner would lift her arms, legs, and head. The purpose of the exercise is to allow students learn how heavy their limbs can be and how their bodies can be moved. 

 

 

How heavy is an arm? LinKai showing a student how to find out. 

After learning how to listen, we began to learn about our bodies. LinKai taught us that we should learn to explore its possibilities-- how far can your arm twist? how far can your leg stretch?-- and not reject any part of your body. 

 

 

Twisting and stretching our arms.

We've learned to quiet down, we've learned to explore our bodies-- now it's time to dance! WenBang instructed us to start working in small four-person groups. He asked students to form rings with their limbs around their partners, but again, without touching each other. 

 

 

A group from the Second Squad linking together. 

Teacher XinJun forming an almost sculpture-like piece with three other students of the Third Squad. 


Finally, we were ready to dance! Students were instructed to choreograph a dance that represents themselves, then perform on stage. 

 

 

First, we performed as a group. First Squad performing their dance. 

Then individually. Everyone performing their own dance together! 

 
Student Liang-Hua found his own dance.  

"I never knew dancing could be so happy." This quote, I feel, is the take home message of our dance class this past Wednesday. We started from training bodies to sense our surroundings and ended the day with students confidently and beautifully dancing before everyone.  

We may often forget this, but dancing can simply be an expression of happiness. You don't need to limit yourself with structure, music, and most of all, other's judging eyes. Anyone can dance, whenever, wherever, and with confidence, all of our dances are beautiful. We always had our own dance-- we just needed someone to teach us how to articulate it. 


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July 20,2011

2011 花東藝術營高中組 First Day: Part III

Oh, Art camp. Crazy awesomeness I wish I had taken part of when I was a younger teenager. 

The Art Camp Ice breaking banquet was, in short, a blast. Teachers leading each squad dressed up in home-made costumes and lead their students to have fashion catwalks and thrilling ice breaking games. 

Night time, when our true selves are revealed. From left, Yi-Chuan, Xin-Jun, and Xin-Yu as the MC's for the night.

First Squad's color is green. Their theme: Vogue! 

Second Squad's color is red. The Angry Bird helmet... priceless. 

Third Squad's color is blue. Their theme is construction workers. 

Students dressed up too. Here, two students wear traditional aboriginal attire. 

After the fashion show, we played a game best described as a blend of telephone and charades. The first player recieves a phrase they must act out to the teammate to his right. His teammate must copy the same movement to pass the phrase to the next teammate. Repeat until you reach the final player, who must interpret the message from the morphed movement. Hilarity ensues. 

Bafflement. A very confused students stifles a laugh as his teammate tries to act out the phrase. 

Final game, Pass the Rubberbands. How can we best bond tweens who just arrived at a summer camp? Give them delicious cigar cookies to hold in their mouthes to pass rubberbands. 

Never, ever forget to pose before a camera. 

We ended the banquet with the teachers performing two dance routines for the students. The first is danced to "再見勾勾“ by Taiwanese independent singer Yu Guang-Zhong and the second (to my biggest surprise) to "Tik Tok" by Kesha. 

Of course, posing is necessary at the end of every dance routine. 


The Writer/ Rachel Lee


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