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Saint Maur IB Visual Arts Exhibitions in March

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

It is my pleasure to invite the wider Saint Maur Community to the final art exhibitions of the Saint Maur Seniors!

The exhibitions will take place between the 12th and the 22nd of March. Each student's work will be featured for two days from 8.10 am until 3.30 pm in the Art room at Saint Maur and will feature eight artworks. This year there will be paintings, photographs, drawings, animations, embroidered art, a virtual reality piece, and more! In order to view all four of this years exhibitions, you will need to visit the art room four times. Worry not, we have an elevator to get to the 4th floor of the Fine Arts Center!

The grade 12 students and I are looking forward to welcoming you at the exhibitions. Please contact me if you have any questions.

  • Angela - Tuesday March 12th and Thursday March 14th
  • Connie - Friday March 15th and Monday March 18th
  • Miki - Tuesday March 19th and Wednesday March 20th
  • Yoshiko - Thursday March 21st and Friday March 22nd

Kim Littani

Head of Art

Montessori & Elementary School Christmas Concert

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Monday, December 17, 2018

This year's Montessori and Elementary School Christmas Concert showcased the creativity and class spirit of each homeroom class. The auditorium was packed with proud parents, children, and members of the school community who were thoroughly entertained by the diverse entries.

Thank you to all our talented students, staff and parents who made this concert possible!

 
 

After 1984 Drama Performance - Breaking Gender Stigma

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

This year’s High School Drama Club production was an original adaptation by Nicolas Gregoriades, the Director of Fine Arts and Head of Drama at Saint Maur International School, of George Orwell’s dystopian classic “1984“. It featured three Winstons (the protagonist) and an ensemble of 16 actors who have been guided by Grade 10 student, Yuka, in some spectacular feats of physical theatre. In addition, there were two different casts – one a “traditional gender” cast and the other, a “reverse gender” cast, where all roles were played by members of the opposite sex. This was a small attempt at trying to overcome centuries of male dominance in the theatre and to allow the young women who attend Saint Maur to experience more complex and varied roles. These strategies allowed the audience to see this mid-twentieth century story from a modern and fresh perspective.

Commentary by Yuka S. in the Saint Maur Magazine:

The play “After 1984”, based on the novel “1984” by George Orwell, sets itself aside from a typical high school play - the heavy connotations in every scene serves to give the audience a feeling of unsettlement. Indeed, that is exactly the purpose. The play addresses many issues relevant not only to Orwell’s time, but also to many aspects of society today. With the rise of AI (Artificial Intelligence), we are forced to watch the characters, similar to ourselves, be succumbed by the overwhelming surveillance of an oppressive government. With the play addressing many ethical concerns of AI surveillance, the concept of a totalitarian government, and the emotions and personalities of the human race, the audience can only watch as the world of Orwell’s 1984 unfolds before our eyes.

The play also attacks the concept of gender reverse casts, where females play male roles, and males play female roles. Indeed, the play has two sets of casts (excluding the ensemble) - an original and gender reverse cast.

The concept of gender-reversing, although more important now than ever before, has been around since Shakespearean times. There seems to be an unaddressed allure to the telling of tales in different lights, prominent in the depiction of Julia- In the original gender cast, Julia, (played by Julia Turner) shows Julia as she is in the books; a beautiful woman, empty in the head and only “a rebel from the waist down”. In the gender reverse cast, Julian, (played by Louis Hyuma Hagenbucher) shows a suave, passionate young man, free of troubles and single-minded. The same shallowness is depicted in both genders, as the unfortunate Julia was written in a very single-dimensioned manner. But, seeing a young man in the same position, with an ambitious woman at his side, unsettles some of us, and inspires others.

With such heavy atmosphere, it seems the play tells us nothing but failure and confinement. However, like that of Orwell’s intentions, we can view the play from a more optimistic view - we must act as ourselves, answer to reason and logic, and most of all, as Winston implores of us in the play,

“Rise up!
Rise up!
Rise up!”

 

 
 

Saint Maur's Senior Band at the Fall Festival

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Senior Band competed with International schools at Fall Band Festival held at Christian Academy in Japan and I couldn't be prouder of our students. 

We performed last on the concert, which was a great honor, and the judges mentioned after the performance that we "looked like professionals" and were "clearly the best band of the day".  Please join me in congratulating them on their hard work and effort as I honestly have never been more impressed in an ensemble.

Lastly, please come to see them perform as well as all of our other bands on December 6th at 6 pm! 

 

 
 

 

IB Visual Arts students present their final exhibitions

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Saint Maur Art department would like to invite you to the final exhibitions of the Grade 12 IB Visual Arts students.

The students have prepared for these exhibitions over the course of the past two years. The exhibitions contain a large variety of media, including animation, oil painting, digital art, photography, sculptures and architectural models.

Each student will present their work on a different day from 8.10 am until 3.30 pm.
A list of students, dates and venues can be found on the poster.

Please contact Ms. Littani should you have any questions about these exhibitions.
klittani@stmaur.ac.jp

Love You to Death: A Year of Domestic Violence

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

November is both Child Abuse Prevention and Domestic Violence Awareness month. With the support from TELL (Tokyo English Life Line), we will be showing a documentary movie (60 minutes) on Friday 8th December 2017 from 17:30 to 18:30 at the Saint Maur International School Auditorium.

You can read a synopsis on the BBC and a review of the film HERE.

Please join us on Friday 8th December 2017 from 17:30 !

If possible, please RSVP to films@telljp.com

A short Q&A session will follow from 18:30 to 19:00 if interested.