Master Classes in Media and Performing Arts

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Master Classes in Media and Performing Arts

Curator: Kakim Goh

Master Classes
October 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm

September 7 – October 20

Cost for professional artists
$30 for 1 individual master class (lunch included)
$100 for a value package of 4 master classes (lunch included)

coproduced by OBORO and Festival Accès Asie


OBORO, in collaboration with Festival Accès Asie, present Master Classes in Media and Performing Arts, a series of 4 master classes instructed by world-renowned Montreal-based artists of Asian heritage who are recognized as key leaders in the arts on the national and international level: actress Mylène Dinh-Robic, filmmaker Yung Chang, musician Kid Koala and puppetry artist Annie Rollins.

The full-day intensive Master Classes are offered to professional artists and students in the arts specializing in cinema, television, theatre, puppetry, performing arts, visual arts, music and new media. They will held at the OBORO New Media Lab on October 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2016 (lunch included).

Curated by Kakim Goh, the purpose of the Master Classes is to provide professional artists and students in the arts with a forum to gain invaluable industry knowledge, develop specialized skills and network through classes given by experts in their respective artistic fields.

The Master Classes are offered in English with occasional French oral translation, as needed.

Mylène Dinh-Robic (actress)
Acting, In and Out of Depth
- Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm

This Master Class will delve into what an actor can experience when building, creating and delivering a given performance as well as the many differences that exist between acting for the stage, acting for the camera and finally acting for motion capture and voice work in the video game industry.

« My own training and professional acting journey will serve as an example for participants to better understand the actor’s place in storytelling and show business in general. Geographic film and television production cultures in Canada, namely, in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, will be highlighted and examined. My experiences acting in English and French will also be shared. Photos, videos and sound clips of various stage, screen and video game performances will be shown and discussed throughout the class and specific times are scheduled to answer any questions you may have. Discussion and debate during class time are very welcome and highly encouraged. »

Yung Chang (fiction and non-fiction feature filmmaker)
International Documentary Filmmaking: China Heavyweight - A Case Study on Creating Cinematic Documentary
- Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm

This Master Class is intended to inform participants about the many stages, from conception to completion, involved in making a documentary film.

Presented as a case study on creating cinematic documentary, the class consists of a screening of the documentary film China Heavyweight followed by a break-down of the stages of filmmaking including a detailed discussion about the processes of making a documentary from development to production to post and marketing / festival release.

Kid Koala (scratch DJ, musician and graphic novelist)
Learning to Roll with Inspiration
- Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm

In this Master Class, Kid Koala shares his take on life and experiences as an artist through anecdotes, photos, videos and musical demonstrations. Subjects explored include how inspiration can take many forms, the significance of multidisciplinary arts in today’s world and how making mistakes in art can often lead to the opening of many new doors.

Kid Koala will discuss how storytelling has remained at the core of his work from his early DIY recordings in music to larger productions, ranging from film scores, animation, theatre and video games to special touring events. The class will include live demonstrations of his turntable skills as well as selections of photos and video clips from numerous live events and film projects. Other topics include escaping writers’ block, the benefits of making mistakes, how to build a team of artists and the beauty of collaboration. Discussion and debate are highly recommended.

Annie Rollins (puppetry artist and leading researcher on Chinese shadow puppetry)
Chinese Shadow Puppetry
- Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm

This Master Class will acquaint participants with traditional Chinese shadow puppet history and an array of DIY Chinese shadow puppet-making techniques.

With a complex and rich past of more than 1500 years, the brilliantly coloured leather Chinese shadow puppets carry their history with them. This intensive master class aims to acquaint participants with traditional Chinese shadow puppet history and practices as well and equipping them with an array of adapted do-it-yourself Chinese shadow puppet-making techniques. Part lecture, part living museum, and part hands-on workshop; this session is all you need to contextualize and utilize this incredible puppet form.

The Master Classes are offered in English with occasional French oral translation, as needed. Early reservation is strongly recommended, as each master class is limited to 20 participants.

- Participants must be professional artists or students pursuing a specialization in an artistic discipline;
- Participants are expected to have experience and knowledge in their artistic domain;
- Participants will be asked to provide information (website, LinkedIn) on their artistic profession or specialization which will be made available (with consent) to master class instructors.

Registration period
From September 6 to October 20, 2016
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514-844-3250, ext. 230 or

Number of participants (limited places available)
Maximum 20 for each master class

Cost for professional artists
$30 for 1 individual master class (lunch included)
$100 for a value package of 4 master classes (lunch included)

October 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm (lunch included)

Reservation / Payment
Reservations can be made by phone or e-mail. Full payment must be made for reservations to be valid. Payments can be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), cheque or in cash. Registration to a master class is not transferable.

Cancellation / Refund
OBORO does not refund registration fees except in case of illness (with a medical note) or of absolute necessity. In such cases, registration fees are transferable to another master class or service offered by the New Media Lab.

Master Class Cancellation
OBORO reserves the right to cancel master classes at any time and without advance notice. In this case, registration fees are completely refunded.

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Mylène Dinh-Robic

A francophone of Vietnamese and Quebecois heritage, Mylène Dinh-Robic was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. An actress now for over fifteen years, she has worked on stage, on camera and in video games. She first played opposite actor Nicholas Campbell as Rita Mah, one of the main characters in the Vancouver produced television series Da Vinci's City Hall (CBC). Later, she worked in Toronto on 3 seasons of The listener (CTV) in the role of Dr. Olivia Fawcett.

Yung Chang

Yung Chang is the award-winning director of Up the Yangtze《沿江而上》(2007), China Heavyweight《千錘百鍊》(2012), and The Fruit Hunters (2012). Chang’s films have screened in cinemas world-wide and at international film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, and IDFA. His critically acclaimed films have won awards in Paris, Milan, Vancouver, San Francisco, the Canadian Genie, Taiwan Golden Horse, Cinema Eye Honors and have been nominated at Sundance, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Emmys.

Kid Koala

Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ who has published two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall (ECW Press, 2003) and Space Cadet (Uni Books, 2011) and released four solo albums on Ninja Tune: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2001), Some of My Best Friends Are DJs (2003), Your Mom's Favorite DJ (2006) and 12 bit Blues (2012). Kid Koala has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Money Mark, John Medeski, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, Jack Johnson, DJ Shadow, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Annie Rollins

Annie Rollins is multi-racial artist from the United States who works primarily as researcher and practitioner of traditional Chinese Shadow Puppetry. She has been a shadow puppet apprentice in Mainland China since 2008 and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2011 to continue the work. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Concordia University in Montreal on the transmission of traditional Chinese shadow puppet making methods.

Kakim Goh

Kakim Goh was born in Singapore and lives in Montreal. He serves as Curator of the Visual Arts Program and Vice-President of the Board of Directors at Festival Accès Asie, where he is responsible for organizing visual arts exhibitions, professional development programs and cultural mediation activities. He is also in charge of developing special project collaborations with business, cultural and government institutions such as the Embassy of Mongolia to Canada. He holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University.

Festival Accès Asie

Festival Accès Asie is a Montreal-based arts festival that promotes Asian arts, histories and cultures in Quebec and Canada through various artistic disciplines including film, visual arts, dance, theatre, video, music, comedy, poetry, literature, culinary arts, performance and new media. Established in 1995, Festival Accès Asie is Canada’s longest continuously running Asian heritage arts festival.