School of The Arts USM would like to invite everyone to their next Research on Friday (ROF) session with their very own beloved Dean Dr. Mumtaz Begum Aboo Backer from Drama and Theatre Department.
The details are as below:
Title: SILK SHADOWS SPEAK: MALAYSIAN CHILDREN’S VOICES ON HERITAGE FOLKTALES USING PERFORMATIVE TOOLS
Presenter: Dr Mumtaz Begum Aboo Backer
Date: 12th November 2021
Platform: Live on Arts USM Facebook
How much do children know and are interested about Wayang Kulit and Malaysian heritage folktales? What aspects of Wayang Kulit and heritage folktales that they find attractive or engaging? What do they think about building connections between the folktales and their social realities? With some of these questions in mind, Silk Shadows Speak explores Wayang Kulit (shadow play) as a performative art that can delve into children’s engagement with heritage folktales in critical and creative ways.
The project is keen on learning about children’s voices- their thoughts and reactions towards folktales in their everyday lives. The study focuses on children’s participation in appropriating Wayang Kulit to communicate and make meaning through story- telling, interpretations, and creation of characters and characteristics, puppetry, sounds, dialogues, movements and gestures. It is also about re-visioning the Wayang Kulit experience and engaging in interactive ways using folktales to bring to conversations with children.