StoryFest 2019: Workshop - What is Singapore, too? by Choo Ruizhi (Singapore)

Tigers, ancient empires, small gods, gleaming giants … or just skyscrapers, garden-cities, ‘hawker’ food, little red dots? We are so used to thinking, seeing, and talking about Singapore in the same few ways, even on digital media, that this island often feels nauseatingly boring, stale and sterile. But is there a way out of this suffocating stasis? Can we do anything?

Perhaps the Singaporean past (not History!) will offer some possibilities. This workshop will explore new ways of imagining Singapore, by discussing the island’s complex and confusing pasts, and drawing on the diverse, lived experiences of the Singaporean present from participants. The workshop’s interactive and participatory approach will guide participants in experimenting with fresh ways to speak, think, taste and talk about a specific place and time. 

Production: Co-presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Blue Room
Buy Link: https://whatissingaporetoo.peatix.com/
Event price: $20
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Event Date(s): 2019-06-22 14:00:00
Event start date: 2019-06-22 14:00
Event end date: 2019-06-22 14:00
Custom Event Date(s): 22 Jun 2019, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 2pm - 4pm
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About Choo Ruizhi

Ruizhi is currently a Masters student at the NUS Department of History. As a researcher and student of Singapore’s pasts, he strongly believes in the emotive power of stories to entrap and imprison, but also to inspire and empower. 

He runs @singapore_stories, an Instagram page dedicated to offering alternative visual and narrative reflections about this sunny island. In doing so, he hopes to create spaces to diversify and disrupt established visual and discursive hegemonies of this country. @singapore_stories is thus a platform and project to share some of these ideas with Singaporeans and foreign visitors alike, with the hope that it will inspire novel conversations about Singapore's pasts and futures. 

Since 2017 Ruizhi has taught various aspects of Singaporean history to undergraduates. He is also the recipient of three Graduate Teaching Awards from the National University of Singapore. He has contributed extensively to various university publications like USP Highlights, The Cinnamon Roll, and Mnemozine. His writing contributions have ranged from analysing the dioramas of Haw Par Villa, to examining the biographies of the polar bears at the Singapore Zoo. Ruizhi is also the third-place winner of Utterly Changed: The Substation Writing Competition 2018, for his reimagining of Sun Wukong as an elderly Monkey God living at a Singaporean kopitiam. Currently, he is wrestling with his Masters thesis: a slippery tale of fish, Singapore, and the British Empire. 

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StoryFest 2019: Workshop - Reflections: Storytelling through Memories by Ana Maria Lines (Brazil)

Explore how to write and tell a story from your life. Our lives are puzzles made up of thousands of moments. Using a personal photo that is important to you, be transported back to one special moment in your life. Your story matters, it is your identity. Take a trip down memory lane and experiment with different storytelling techniques to express your life through the creative arts. Relive your story through old photographs.

Production: Co-Presented By The Arts House
Event venue: Chamber
Buy Link: https://storytellingthroughmemories.peatix.com/
Event price: $20
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Event Date(s): 2019-06-22 14:00:00
Event start date: 2019-06-22 14:00
Event end date: 2019-06-22 14:00
Custom Event Date(s): 22 Jun 2019, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 2pm - 4pm
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About Ana Maria Lines

Ana Maria Lines is a storyteller, researcher and workshop leader with an international reputation, vast repertoire and captivating style. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil and grew up in a multicultural environment surrounded by stories, myths and traditions. She has developed her unique storytelling style by observing tribes and their relationship with traditional stories, dance and music. Through this enriching background and a vast repertoire of South American tales, she is comfortable sharing Brazilian mythology as well as adaptations of real-life stories.

She studied Social Communication, Journalism and Marketing and as a journalist, she worked for radio stations, newspapers and magazines while in Brazil. To foster the exchange of personal and traditional stories in the various communities she visited, she developed projects on storytelling and reading. As a trainer in the corporate sector, she used storytelling techniques to encourage motivation, creativity, memory and building relationships between groups.

Ana moved to England in 2017 and is the organiser of the Stafford Knot Storytelling Club. She performs regularly in storytelling clubs, schools and arts festivals. Renowned for her performance Barbecued Husbands and her one-woman show Reflecting Fridas, she has captivated audiences with the myths of Brazilian indigenous tribes and the life story of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. She conducts storytelling workshops and applies storytelling in community projects and health organisations. Representing Brazil and England, she has performed in international festival in Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Italy, Scotland and England. 

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StoryFest 2019: Workshop - Transforming Tales: Adapting Ancient Tales for Today’s Audience by Daniel Allison (Scotland)

How do you adapt ancient stories for performance or fiction writing? Author and storyteller Daniel Allison has spent many years writing fiction inspired by oral stories while using his practice as a writer to shape his storytelling. Using his novel ‘The Bone Flute’ as a case study, he will share techniques and lead discussions on various aspects of the adaptation process. He will also refer to stories from the Celtic and European traditions. Participants will come away equipped with new ways to get under the skin of a story and make it their own. 

Production: Co-presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Blue Room
Event price: $20
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Event Date(s): 2019-06-22 11:00:00
Event start date: 2019-06-22 11:00
Event end date: 2019-06-22 11:00
Custom Event Date(s): 22 Jun 2019, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 11am - 1pm
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About Dr. Edmund Chow

Daniel Allison is a storyteller and author. Known for his evocative style and lyrical language, he has performed at countless schools, venues and campfires across the UK as well as in the USA, Portugal, Turkey, the UAE and India. His performances bring together Celtic legends with stories from the many diverse cultures he has explored and are woven together with spellbinding didgeridoo music. 

A fascination with the ancient Celtic bards has led Daniel to walk coast-to-coast across Scotland twice, camping in the hills by night and sharing stories by day, in order to understand better the life of a travelling storyteller.

Daniel is a regular performer at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, where he has debuted performances including The Wilderness Within, a reimagining of the life of the naturalist John Muir; The Missing Lynx, a sell-out exploration of rewilding through storytelling; and the sell-out Dark Tales, a strictly-for-adults evening of horror stories from around the world.

Daniel is the author of the forthcoming collection ‘Finn and the Fianna: Celtic Legends Retold’, a new retelling of the Finn MacCoull stories, available from the History Press in 2020. He is currently at work on a series of children’s novels set in prehistoric Scotland while creating a storytelling podcast and training full-time to be a Muay Thai fighter. 

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StoryFest 2019: Workshop - The Doll Maker's Narrative by Rachel Yang (Singapore)

Doll making can have significant therapeutic value. In this workshop, attention is placed on the process of creation, development and reflection on the meaning of the doll and the stories within them. This fully experiential workshop supports participants in engaging in a sensory, cognitive and emotional journey of self-discovery.

Production: Co-presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Living Room
Buy Link: https://dollmakersnarrative.peatix.com/
Event price: $35
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Event Date(s): 2019-06-22 11:00:00
Event start date: 2019-06-22 11:00
Event end date: 2019-06-22 11:00
Custom Event Date(s): 22 Jun 2019, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 11am - 1pm
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About Rachel Yang

Rachel is a registered art therapist (AThR) with an MA Art Therapy (LASALLE), BA Graphic Design (Camberwell College of the Arts), certificate in developmental play therapy (CreateCatt) and is a certified SandPlay therapist (Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia). Currently president of Art Therapists’ Association (Singapore) she is the managing partner of Daylight Creative Therapies. Her practice addresses complex trauma, attachment disorders, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, relational and self-esteem issues, emotional distress and anger. 

She is passionate about engaging and fostering supportive therapeutic encounters that offer her client’s opportunities to recognise their strengths and become empowered through their process of creative expression. 

Since 2015, Rachel has mentored young women and children in developing and nurturing their strengths to creatively express themselves through mindful art processes that support development and enhance resilience and self-confidence. She is dedicated to working with the community to build stronger ties with others through art, play and creativity. 

Her professional interests are focused on the expressive arts therapies, which include painting, writing, drawing, sewing, poetry, guided imagery, movement and music; these naturally lend themselves well to both her practitioner and artistic pursuits. She develops and facilitates staff self-care art therapy sessions to promote team-bonding and creative exploration. Rachel’s practice is both culturally relevant and informed. 

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StoryFest 2019: Workshop - Leadership and Storytelling by Dr. Edmund Chow (Singapore)

Charismatic leaders are those who have learned to tell powerful stories to inspire organizations, to build shared histories and identities, and to galvanise communities towards a social or political cause. Yet for many leaders, the narrative approach has been misconstrued as ‘mere talk’, soft and fluffy words that neither quantify return on investment (ROIs) nor meet performance targets.

In this experiential workshop, participants will understand the elements of narrative, use symbols to tell organizational and personal stories, apply a simple template, and ‘perform’ to an audience with immediate feedback, so that the perception of one’s leadership quality can be better strengthened through linguistic and non-linguistic cues.

Production: Co-presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Living Room
Event price: $20
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Event Date(s): 2019-06-21 02:00:00
Event start date: 2019-06-21 02:00
Event end date: 2019-06-21 02:00
Custom Event Date(s): 21 Jun 2019, Fri
Custom Event Time(s): 2pm - 4pm
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About Dr. Edmund Chow

Dr. Edmund Chow has an MA from New York University (2008) and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, UK (2016). As an educator and applied theatre practitioner, he has used creativity and imagination in the arts for more than 18 years. Edmund implemented a Prison Theatre and life-skills programme in Kaki Bukit Centre Prison School, and has volunteered on rehabilitation programmes at the Woodbourne Correctional Facilities in New York.
Edmund has taught in secondary schools, prisons, universities and business schools. He completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Leadership and Communication at INSEAD Business School, where he used experiential pedagogies such as storytelling and improvisations to develop a communications and leadership module for MBA and Executive MBA classes across Europe, Singapore, and Middle East campuses. He currently heads the MA Arts Pedagogy & Practice programme at LASALLE.
He was a recipient of the New York University Educational Theatre William Vorenberg Award for Directing in 2007; and was nominated for excellence in academic achievement and leadership with the Pi Lambda Theta Rho Leadership Award by NYU in 2008. Edmund was a finalist at the 3-Minute Thesis Competition at the University of Manchester in 2015.
Edmund has garnered three speaking awards from the Professional Speakers Academy in London, has appeared as an expert guest on Talking Point on Channel News Asia and is a TEDx public speaking coach.

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