Documentary Study: Southeast Asian Arts

An Inter-disciplinary Project

Five groups of young artists from various disciplines of NAFA journeyed to different parts Southeast Asia, to explore the rich heritage and traditions of various puppetry cultures.  Through practice-led research, interviews with local artists and performing troupes, students gained multi-layered knowledge of this rare and dying art form. The fruits of their trips, documentaries reflecting the struggles and challenged faced by the local puppeteers and performers were showcased in exhibitions.

2015 - Myanmar (Mandalay) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)
A total of 38 students from the Theatre, Screen Media, Fine Art, Arts Management, Dance and Fashion Programmes participated in this project. A continuation of 2013’s inaugural ‘Silent Actors: Puppets of Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand’, an exhibition titled ‘Silent Actors II: Puppets of Myanmar and Vietnam will be held from 25 September to 11 October 2015 at NAFA Lim Hak Tai Gallery.

2013 - Thailand (Hun Lakhon Lek)
20 students from the Departments of Theatre, Arts Management & Education, Design & Media and Music participated in this project. An exhibition titled An Interdisciplinary Project - Silent Actors: Puppets of Malaysia, Cambodia and Thailand marking the culmination of the work and practice by students was held from 3 to 21 April 2013 at NAFA Lim Hak Tai Gallery, with a special performance by students from Physical Theatre on the opening night.

2012 - Cambodia (Sbek Thom)
20 students from the Departments of Theatre, Arts Management & Education, Dance, Design & Media and Fine Art participated in this project. Documentaries and photos from the trip were showcased in Transcend Sbek Thom, which was held at NAFA Amphitheatre on 24 & 25 April 2012.

2011 - Malaysia (Kelantan Wayang Kulit)
18 students from the Departments of Theatre, Design & Media and Music participated in this project. Three documentaries produced by students, The Complete Artist, Beyond Kelantan: Voices of Wayang Siam and The Shadow of Kelantan were screened at NAFA Amphitheatre on 12 May 2011.

Gallery

2015 - Myanmar (Mandalay) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

Interviewing for the documentary production.

2015 - Myanmar (Mandalay) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

Street interviews for documentary production.

2015 - Myanmar (Mandalay) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

Cultural exchange at English class_Students sharing their experience.

2015 - Myanmar (Mandalay) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

Group photo outside Myanmar Marionette Theatre_IDP Students.

2015 - Myanmar (Mandalay) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

TH Student performing with the puppeters at the theatre.

2015 - Myanmar (Mandalay) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

SM Student Na'im performing at the Theatre.

2013 - Thailand (Hun Lakhon Lek)

Post study trip exhibition and performance

2013 - Thailand (Hun Lakhon Lek)

Thailand study trip with Joe Louise Puppet Theatre

2013 - Thailand (Hun Lakhon Lek)

Post study trip rehearsal for live performance

2013 - Thailand (Hun Lakhon Lek)

Post study trip live performance at Studio Theatre

2013 - Thailand (Hun Lakhon Lek)

Lecturer on-site guiding

2013 - Thailand (Hun Lakhon Lek)

Students and lecturer attending puppetry workshop

2012 - Cambodia (Sbek Thom)

Visiting the orphanage

2012 - Cambodia (Sbek Thom)

Visiting the orphanage

2012 - Cambodia (Sbek Thom)

Cambodia study trip Students immersing in live arts performance

2011 - Malaysia (Kelantan Wayang Kulit)

Post study trip exhibition and performance

2011 - Malaysia (Kelantan Wayang Kulit)

Observing the process of making wayang kulit

2011 - Malaysia (Kelantan Wayang Kulit)

Interviewing Tok Dalang Pak Soh

2011 - Malaysia (Kelantan Wayang Kulit)

Exploring the myths of Wayang Kulit Kelantan