Residential Director’s Workshop 2014

From Friday, 11 April 2014 till Sunday,13 April 2014 was held the Residential Director’s Workshop organised by the Ministry of Arts and Culture. Last time, it was at Mahebourg that I had the opportunity to attend the Beginner Actor’s workshop. This year, it was in the beautiful Pointe Aux Sables Retreat Centre that many to-be directors were trained by the staff of the Drama Unit, Ministry of Arts and Culture.

Friday, 11 April 2014

After the written test in Cinematography at RTI, it was time to check in at Point Aux Sable around 6.30pm (the official registration process was scheduled from 3.30pm till 6pm). I arrived during the briefing session about the rules and regulations and programme of activities. Had the opportunity to see faces of  many familiar theatre lovers and also lots of other theatre passionates with whom I was not acquainted yet. Pleasantly surprised to meet again participants from the previous workshop, and also  Mauritian film actors. And last but not the list, 2 cool talented musician Rodriguan artists who came specially to attend the workshop with the help of arts officer/champion Slam artist – Stelio J.P. Louis.

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After registration, I got my folder and room allocation. Then came the time for grouping. 6 groups were formed and I got a group comprising of 2 directors having won the previous National Best Director Award. Our mentors were Dass J. and Vishal A.

After dinner (the Retreat Centre catering section – famous for being STRICT on time in the dining room), the group got to meet for a first working session – on stage geography.

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After some theory, we got our script on Robin Hood and Allan-a-Dale -a story about Robin Hood and his assistant – Little John conversing with elegantly dressed Allan a Dale who is passing by the forest in order to go to the city to get married with Mary. Allan a Dale unfortunatley finds that the father of Mary is organising the marriage of his lover with an Old but Rich man. After being beaten up, Allan a Dale seeks the help of Robin Hood in order to be re-united with his love. Same occurs as Robin Hood intervenes and there is a happy ending of the 2 lovers.

After a first reading, the group decided to translate the script into ‘Kreole’ to facilitate comprehension with the audience. There was the election of the Director of the play – Ritesh M. MBC Radio Jockey.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

The next day, after a nuit blanche, the bell rang at 5.00am to awaken us as the first warm up session was scheduled at 6.00 am. We started with very head-to-toe warming up and some very interesting theatre games. We made a scenario where I was being shot by a bullet and the many other group members had to enact something as this action is being taken place.

After breakfast, the group met to continue the script translation.

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Then our next theory class started on play analysis. A very interesting session during which I had inputted my experience of seeing a paid theatre audience at NSD’s flagship Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the International Theatre Festival of India. Then we finalised the casting and techinical team.

Jeckel Colet (from Rodrigues) – Robin Hood, me as his assistant – Little John (‘ti zean’ in Kreole) and Akilesh as Allan a Dale.

By the ringing of the ‘Lunch Time’ bell, we were able to do the blocking of the First team. A milestone achieved.

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Enjoying Nice Riz Frite

After that, around 13.00 we had a lecturer demonstration by Ashish B. Lecturer and theatre actor/director from MIE. It was with great honour and pleasure to meet Ashish, the last time having met him for his production/performance at Alliance Francaise for All my Sons.

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As expected, it was a very informative session, specially on composing positions on stage. The last 20 minutes of Questions/Answers session were also very interesting as directors/actors raised their voice on issues affecting them in their ‘theatre work’. I seized the opportunity to ask 2 questions about whether directors should equally play the role  of main actor?

After the tea time of 15:00 hr, it was time to continue the rehearsals on stage for the Scene 2 and Scene 3 of Allan-A-Dale.

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For me personally, it was really exhaustive and intensive theatre sessions. All my battery was drained, as such had to visit the nursing officer of the establishment.

Around 9pm, there was a cultural programme, which was a Huge success!

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Many performances were done by different participants in the cultural programme:

  • Slam – Ein, slam abstrait by Stelio
  • Songs
  • Short plays
  • Dances
  • Jokes

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were all very very much appreciated by the audience. After very well entertained, I badly needed a good rest in order to be ready for the final performance day on Sunday, 13 April.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

The D-Day, had trouble to wake up early nevertheless did an effort. Was nice to have the warming up exercises, specially ones on Voice work and on Trusting the Director. Then we focused on polishing the final scene, as well as working out the costume and sound effects. The technical team, under the leadership of the group leader and director was at work.

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After a final run-through, there was a pack lunch offered and we were instructed to pack up in order to check out at 13.00 pm.

Had the opportunity to do makeup..

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The ceremony started with the welcome address by my father.

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It was a pleasure to see reprentatives of the different organising committee of the National Drama Festival present at the presentation and closing ceremony. Even more pleasant surprise (or unexpected for me) was the presence of Hon. Mukeshwar Choonee!

We were waiting for our turn in the audience and enjoying the performance of other plays meanwhile..

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Play: The Show must go on…

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Finally came our turn…

Here are some snapshots of my performance in our much awaited play by the the Groupe ‘Ein’ in the role of ‘ti zean’:

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And the full team on stage is here:

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It was a nice experience being trained in directing and also performing with a new cast.

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The closing speech was performed by Hon. M. Choonee, Minister of Arts and Culture. The final play – ‘A Christmas Carol’ was presented.

After which there were some refreshments and final goodbye time. I will carry with me great souvenirs of this residential workshop where had the opportunity to meet new friends and learn new things in the field of Theatre Directing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Mauritius – Windows Azure Bootcamp 2014

Microsoft Mauritius

 

Welcome to Global Windows Azure Bootcamp! On Saturday, March 29, 2014 we are out to make some records!

 

With over 130 confirmed locations around the globe, the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp is going to be a truly memorable event – and now here’s your chance to take part!

 

In April of 2013 we held the first Global Windows Azure Bootcamp at more than 90 locations around the globe! This year we want to again offer up a one day deep dive class to help thousands of people get up to speed on discovering Cloud Computing Applications for Windows Azure. In addition to this great learning opportunity the hands on labs will feature pooling a huge global compute farm to perform diabetes research!

 

In Mauritius, the event will be organised by Microsoft Indian Ocean Islands & French Pacific in partnership with The Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community (MSCC) and sponsored by Ceridian, Emtel & Microsoft

 

Venue: Cyber Tower I, Ebene, 1st Floor, Auditorium

Date : 29th March 2014

Time: 09:30 – 17:00

 
Want to attend?

Register at http://aka.ms/gwabmru

 

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your own computer which can run Visual Studio 2012 or 2013 (i.e. Windows, OSX, Ubuntu with virtualization, etc.) and have it preloaded with the following:

  1.      Visual Studio 2012 or 2013 – trial http://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs
  2.      The Windows Azure SDK from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/net/

 

Optionally (or if you will not be doing just .NET labs), the following can also be installed:

  1.      Node.js SDK - http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/nodejs/
  2.      JAVA SDK - http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/java/
  3.       Doing mobile? Android? iOS? Windows Phone or Windows 8? - http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/mobile/
  4.      PHP - http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/php/

 

More info here: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/documentation

Please do the installation upfront as there will be very little time to troubleshoot installations during the day.

Team Building at Domaine de Letoile

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It was great fun and joy that we had our team building at Domaine de Letoile yesterday, the domaine which is ‘the most beautiful and natural parc to explore in Mauritius’. I still recall some sweet memories of my first teambuilding, back in 2011.
The Different activities proposed by the Domaine are:

  • 2 seated Buggy
  • Horse Riding (with South African horses)
  • A Walking tour
  • by Quad (A Natural circuit through unique landscapes of Mauritius)
  • Mini Quad (for children above 6 years old)
  • Tyroliennes

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We had a meeting point at Kendra Shopping Mall, St Pierre and the we all set out for Sebastopol, Flacq. We had a quick glimpse of the new 5 Start High Security Melrose prison, which was on our way. Arriving at Domaine de Letoile around 10.00am, it started raining!

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We had a nice welcome at the Reception…and had some nice hot coffee whilst waiting for our ‘guide’.

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Then came Mr. Andy, our guide who kicked off the first activity of the day which is ‘Treasure Hunt’.  This is in fact Hiking but mixed with some questions that we need to answer whilst on the track. It adds to the fun!

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We were distributed into 3 teams and the winning team would be the one who had properly answered the bonus question ‘How many mirrador are present in the Domaine?’ (Mirradors are used by hunters to observe their prey deer / wild pig before shooting them. The hunt period opened between June – Aug for a period of 6 days maximum). Also the most beautiful painting of the viewpoint would be declared as the winner.

So the Adventure started! 2 teams went before us and we were ready to win the ‘Treasure’..

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Carefully reading the details in order to be able to answer the question..

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One of the Mirrador, which were were carefully noticing and counting.

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The circuit was of 2 hours and we enjoyed lots of ‘goyave de chines’ on the way and the beautiful views as were were climbing up were simply a delight to the eyes. However there were mosquitos and the sun scorching our skin.

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Here, we’ve reached the viewpoint and each ‘artist’ in the team had to draw something they see in this view:

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Time for Food, we all were very hungry. The Mauritian Buffet, proposed by the ‘Restaurant Anahita’ was simply delicious.

Then came time for the most-awaited adventure : Quad.

We met a new ‘guide’ who started giving instructions about how to drive a Quad and also the safety instructions.

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Then, time for a Test Drive for the 2 persons in one quad

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After the Test Drive, I became a bit confident driving quad and I admit the control are really not flexible and you get your thumb tired pressing the accelerator.

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Nevertheless, its an awesome experience on the quad, after one gets used to it..

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Awesome view at the top of the mountain…

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Then the final trekking down was awesome and we could see deers in the nature…An incredible experience..