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A masterclass by Community Keynote speaker, Koh Hui Ling and Han Xue Mei as part of the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2021

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NOTE: This is an add-on ticket intended for Conference Passholders. Only registrations by Conference Passholders will be considered valid. If you have not purchased your base Conference Pass, please do so here.

Artists working with/in communities often find themselves with complex and dynamic relationships and environments.

How do we begin our work and how do we ensure we remain true to the purpose of creating meaningful and deep engagement with/in communities?

This masterclass by Keynote Speakers, Hui Ling and Xuemei, is an introduction, as well as refresher, for arts practitioners who are interested in engaging with/in communities.

Participants will be guided to consider the key questions related to the design and implementation of community arts projects, work through the values needed at work and, through this process, develop criticality in their practice.

Pre-requisites:

  1. Participants should have experience with designing arts programmes / projects in communities (either have done it before or are currently in the midst of doing so).
  2. Participants will be requested to send in some examples of their past work, and questions they are thinking about their practice prior to the Masterclass.

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Presenter's Biography

Han Xuemei is a theatre practitioner based in Singapore.

She believes in socially engaged practice, and imagines the arts as an integral ingredient for beauty and hope in society.

Her artistic practice involves designing experiences, spaces and conditions for people to exercise their right to be creative, disrupt routines and deconstruct paradigms.

Her recent explorations FLOWERS (2019), The Gift (2018) and MISSING: The City of Lost Things (2018) are multi-disciplinary experiences that engage the audience in deeply visceral and personal ways.

She has been a resident artist with theatre company Drama Box since the end of 2012, and most recently co-curated TBC: Workshopping the Future, part of the Asia Discovers Asia Meeting for Contemporary Performance (ADAM) presented by Taipei Performing Arts Center.


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Presenter's Biography

Hui Ling is a theatre practitioner who finds meaning in the process of community engagement in art-making, evident in her works such as the founding of ARTivate - Drama Box’s youth wing and site-specific community based projects such as the IgnorLAND series and Chinatown Crossings.

Her desire to create alternative avenues for public dialogue has led to the development of GoLi – The Moving Theatre, Singapore's first inflatable theatre that aims to transform spaces into vibrant places for arts and culture.

Recognised for her contribution to community, youth and culture, Hui Ling was given, in 2013, the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council Singapore and the Singapore Youth Award by the National Youth Council and, in 2015, Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award (Singapore) by the Junior Chamber International.

She oversees the development of Drama Box's youth engagement work and has developed a set of Drama-in-Education and Theatre-in-Education programmes for youths, teachers and adult-learners.

Hui Ling is passionate about the application of theatre in educational contexts and has served on SDEA’s TAC Programming Committee during 2013 & 2017. Hui Ling is a proud member of SDEA.

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