Earlier this month, nine students from grade 12 represented TIS at the International Schools Theatre Association Symposium in Yokohama, Japan. During the series of master classes and ensemble workshops, students were taught by professionals in the areas of Japanese theatre traditions, including the ancient forms of Kabuki and Kyogen, and by the contemporary Dance Theatre of Butoh.
Students spend their time with theatre practitioners and Diploma Programme theatre arts students from 10 different international schools from around the world. In addition to the three days of intensive workshops, students also had a day exploring Yokohama and a day exploring the delights of Tokyo. They managed to squeeze in a visit to the Yokohama Museum of Art, a visit to a restored Noh Theatre, a wander round the Imperial Palace and, of course, a visit to Shibuya, one of the world’s busiest shopping areas.
The students were all excellent ambassadors of TIS; there were many light bulb moments and heated conversations about theatre and art, and its purpose and function. It was an honor to travel with these young men and women as they placed themselves in unfamiliar contexts to explore and be inspired by the wider world.
Submitted by Siobhan Buckman, secondary drama teacher