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23.9.2015

Sharing of Project Participants

“Performing Arts Marathon” has come to an end, but not so for its participants. Let us share with
you some of the reflections of students and teachers who have participated in the project.



“After this workshop, I experienced deeply the notion of ‘art is originated from living’. As the theme was ‘community’, we must get to know the issues and living in the community, and then express them in movements. To do so, we needed to pay attention to things in daily life and their small details, as well as people around us, e.g. parallel goods traders, the elderly in the park and even non-living things, and their habitual gestures.”
Student of Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School



“Schools from Yuen Long and Sham Shui Po did performances about the characteristics of their communities. Not only could I understand my own community in depth, I could also learn about other communities.”
Student of Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School



“I used to enjoy staying at home. Now, I realised there’re lots of interesting things in the community. From there, I learn about the diversity of human personalities and characteristics in reality.”
Student of Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School



“I understand the diversity of art forms. Simply put a desk and a chair under different lighting effects, the outcome would be completely different. Making a piece of good work is never easy. As I learned to take inspiration from daily life and other works, I realised the time and effort it took was more than I’d imagined. It required a lot of patience. Yet, we must face different responses towards our creations. We need to be critical of our own works. Sharing our works with others could make us more courageous.”
Student of NT Heung Yee Kuk Yuen Long District Secondary School



“The work from our school is a creative collaboration. We needed to think about our own theme and form, before working in groups to collect and handle information, and then write the script in joint effort. The process enabled us to unleash our creativity and potential fully. There were also considerable communication and exchanges. Our instructor said something very memorable, ‘a team is like a multiplication equation. No matter how great your partners are, if you’re ‘zero’, when you multiply another number, the whole team becomes ‘zero’.’ Collaboration is not easy. With everyone’s different opinions, sometimes it takes long time to make a decision. Yet, everyone would be able to find a common ground and learn to adapt according to changes.”
Student of Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School



Working in groups urges each of us to take on responsibility. I’ve learned to express myself clearly, while accepting the views of others. Everyone’s thoughts and ideas are valuable, so I need to respect and appreciate others. Having performed onstage, I become more confident and I’m going to apply this confidence to face other aspects of my life, e.g. my studies.
Student of Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School



“We had the same teacher for our drama classes over the past few years. This time, we got a chance to meet a new instructor after joining ‘Performing Arts Marathon’. We’ve learned a lot of new things. Our previous classes mostly covered plays, the stage and the use of space, whereas the instructor in ‘Marathon’ guided us to see the complexity in something seemingly simple, e.g. the action of opening a door can already be divided into many steps. Our instructor would want us to work the action out clearly, step by step, to make it natural. I used to think every play comes with a script to be acted out by the actors. But, actually, by doing a few tableaux and a few scenes without any props, we could already create a performance. It’s special and interesting, and we shouldn’t underestimate its power. The entire course was easy-going and we kept laughing all the time.”
Student of Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School



“The drama techniques taught at school in the past were for a particular performance or character. From the experience this time, I realised, in fact, we should start observing different things in our daily life to learn to act out different scenarios. For instance, we would train our muscles to help us act, rather than just learning the movements. Although our instructor was a drama instructor, what he taught us was more than drama techniques. He taught us the right attitude and principles in life, e.g. how to deal with every issue. At one point during our rehearsals, we had to change the performing form. We weren’t happy about that. But our instructor helped us understand complaining isn’t a solution to problems; we need to take a step forward to solve the problem and seek alternatives.”
Student of Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School



“School teachers would usually adopt a specific teaching method, which may not be very open-minded. Instructors are different. They can disregard the rules set by school and teach freely. If we make a mistake, our instructor would ask us to keep trying until we do our best. Even if it is the same play, when it is played by different people, the effects would be different. Therefore, I’d watch more related performances now to see other blocking choices and different emotional expressions in dialogues.”
Student of Concordia Lutheran School



“After completing this workshop series, I’ve a better understanding of the arts. The schedule of the course was packed but rich. Not only was it interesting, it also drew closer the participants — we didn’t know one another before the course. When I watched TV drama in the past, I only gauged which actors would be more attractive in certain roles. But after taking part in ‘Performing Arts Marathon’, I’ve started to pay more attention to actors’ facial expressions, body language, their dialogues and what kind of story they are trying to tell.”
Student of The Jockey Club EduYoung College



“When I attended the workshop, I learned to get along and collaborate with others, as there’re lots of details in the script we needed to discuss. It is very important to ensure the discussion is conducted peacefully to maintain the team spirit. On the other hand, I realised drama performance isn't as monotonous as I thought. It encompasses various aspects, such as videography, lighting and many things onstage, whereas every part of the body is able to convey different messages and expressions. I used to think drama was simple. But now I pay more attention to the details and how others interpret the characters. My value judgment has changed too. I pay a lot of respect to people in the arts field. In the past, I didn’t understand why they spend so much time on rehearsals. Now, I know all the effort is made to present a work for audience’s appreciation.”
Student of Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School



“I understand the meaning of ‘one minute on stage requires ten years of hard work off stage’. A performance doesn’t have to be a complete play; a movement can tell a story.”
Student of The Jockey Club Eduyoung College



“I already had some drama knowledge before the workshops. After the workshops, I showed improvement and was able to apply my knowledge.”
Student of Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School



“To get into character, I need to put myself in the character’s shoes, expressing the character’s feelings, thoughts and words from his point of view. Therefore, I’ve learned how to observe a person and object from multiple perspectives.”
Student of Concordia Lutheran School



“Students were able to learn more about their own community through the drama. In addition, they could explore different materials via photography. In turn, they could express their relationship and attachment with the community. The instructor arranged improvisational performance led by the audience to broaden students' horizons. Students would also get different levels of satisfaction after completing this course.”
Teacher of Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School



“Our school has participated in the workshop series of ‘Performing Arts Marathon’ twice. I chose to enroll our students in this program as I was confident of the quality of teaching and professionalism of instructors assigned by HKAPA. The educational contents of the workshop were very rich. When there is a good method, it can unleash students’ potential.”
Teacher of Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School



“We joined the ‘Performing Arts Marathon’ in 2011 and 2015. In 2011 as my students completed the workshops, I witnessed their changes as they grew and matured significantly and were able to create something on their own. I would like other students to experience this and so I jumped at the opportunity when the program was run again this year. I was thrilled to find that my attempt was again successful.”
Teacher of Concordia Lutheran School



“At the beginning of the workshop, I realised some of the students had already had a preliminary understanding of drama, but they overly adhered to principles and conventions. I had to untangle these ‘knots’ in the process. The way I taught was like being a horse trainer. I needed to understand; I needed to see; I needed to be patient. I taught according to each student’s ability and nature. Some students are very responsible, some have a strong character, some are hot-tempered but would listen to explanations, some need someone to accompany them in their learning and growth. In the discussions with the students, I got to know the way of thinking of their generation. This stimulated me, while enriching and broadening my creative path.
Mandy Chen, Instructor of "Stride Forward" performing arts workshops