Visual Interpretation: A Movie in the Mind ► Equal Dreams

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Schedule: November 2023 Intake

Total contact time: 6 hours (2 sessions, 3 hours each)

Dates:

Session 1: 18 November 2023, Saturday, 10AM to 1PM

Session 2: 25 November 2023, Saturday, 10AM to 1PM

Venue

ITE College Central, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, Enterprise Development Centre, Singapore 567720

Programme Description

For sighted people, much information in their daily lives is consumed without skipping a beat. When they interact, they watch for body language to know how they are being perceived. When they consume entertainment, they understand nuances through visual cues given to them by clever storytellers. 

Some of the vision-impaired access such information in the digital world through tools like audio description, which narrate visual information. Yet, what then of their daily lives?

Led by two heavily experienced trainers, this programme will delve into ways for the everyday person to bridge information access for the community, and to learn the fundamentals of creating audio description.

Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively with the vision-impaired, including the elderly with deteriorating vision.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be an ally of the vision-impaired community.
  • Know what is visually significant to provide effective visual interpretation in various settings.
  • Create inclusive and accessible digital content through audio description.

Target Audience

Everyone is welcome to join us for this course.

Basic knowledge of video editing is a plus, but not a must, as one of the activities will involve a video editing tool.

Accessibility

There will be a drawing activity with crayons. If needed, please bring your own writing/drawing assistive tool.

Please let us know through the registration form of any access requirements and we will do our best to provide them.

Programme Fee

Early bird registration (on and before 4 November 2023): SGD$180 per pax

Standard registration (after 4 November): SGD$220 per pax

Note: Your place will only be confirmed upon payment, on a first come first served basis. There’s no refund of programme fees once paid, unless the programme is cancelled.

Registration

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Trainers’ Profile

Muhammad Hidayat Mohamad Yaakob

Hidayat's Profile

Hidayat is a full-time theatre performer and guide at Dialogue in the Dark (DID). He is currently training in the Inclusive Young Company and was last seen in Kaite O’Reilly’s The 9 Fridas in 2022 and An Unapologetic cabaret in 2023, directed by Grace Lee-Khoo (Access Path) and produced by Singapore Repertory Theatre. 

He has been heavily involved in the accessibility space, as a tactile guide/access consultant for The Self-Compassion Lab under the Your Somerset Belt Project, and is an accessibility tester and consultant for Equal Dreams. As an audio describer consultant, he has been involved in shows including 2.22 A ghost story (Singapore Repertory Theatre) and G*d is a Woman (Wild Rice).

Hidayat is also a national para-athlete in goalball, a competitive ball sport for the blind. Next, he will tour 40 preschools as the lead in a stage adaptation of Clumsysaurus by Zed Yeo and Mister Mineko.

Tan Beng Tian

Beng Tian's Profile

Beng Tian is an accomplished theatre practitioner, having trained under the renowned puppet master Li Bofen. Her remarkable dedication and significant contributions to the arts industry have garnered recognition through prestigious awards and affiliations, including the JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Award and the Straits Times Life! Award.

As a co-founder of The Finger Players and a member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA), Beng Tian has collaborated with prominent theatre companies such as ArtsWok, Checkpoint Theatre, Drama Box, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, The Necessary Stage, and Wild Rice. Her expertise spans various artistic disciplines, including acting, audio describing, coaching, directing, and designing and building props and puppets.

Beng Tian is deeply passionate about promoting accessibility in the performing arts. She has actively partnered with organisations like Equal Dreams to advocate for genuine accessibility and inclusivity in the arts.

In her role as an instructor, Beng Tian imparts her knowledge and passion at ART:DIS, formerly Very Special Arts, where she empowers young individuals through her teachings.

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Contact

For further enquiries, please contact us at training@equaldreams.sg 

 

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