Epic Encounters by Rachel Sugrim
Today we worked with Epic Encounters. It has been 6 years since some of us exchanged letters and video messages with them.
In the morning we learnt our sign language names. We would spell out our name and then they would create a sign name for us. It is usually an extension of one letter with a feature they notice about you. Then we watched some of the video messages and looked at photos. After this introduction we played some drama games.
- The name game (with sign this time) – Audrey
- The thank you game – James
Then RUCKUS came back to the hotel and had lunch. While in the morning workshop I was not feeling my best again as I was thinking about the people here in Cambodia. Some people are poor with little money to spend, the transportation, motorbikes, carts, cars and trucks speeding around the corner and people crossing the road trying not to get hit. I was also thinking about my dad back home in Australia, I really miss my dad so badly as my dad recently got sick and I can’t stop thinking and dreaming about that so I guess that’s why I feel sick every day and night.
So to compare Australia to Cambodia is different. The rules and the laws to follow, to challenge yourself and to experience what people in Cambodia in performing arts can do.
In the afternoon RUCKUS worked with the Epic Encounters group again. We talked about time, how and why some things are fast and others slow. We compared Australia to Cambodia. We went around the room and everybody spoke or signed about what they thought about time in their life. At the same time Martin took people up to record their sign name in video.
Epic Encounters by Audrey O’Connor
We all learned signs for our Names which was cool. We asked questions about time.
When meeting Epic Encounters for the first time, I felt just a little bit nervous because I didn’t know what it was going to feel like to meet someone like us but different.
I think it was easy to be with the EE guys in most ways but hard in some ways, like we had an interpreter to sign to them because most of them are deaf. I was hard to teach them the Name Game because I had to learn all their names by signing but I got better at it each day.
I am looking forward to what they can show us and what we can show them and to exchange our ideas and their ideas.
About Kampot; It is a place I don’t mind seeing, but not to live in with the heat or the dogs but I liked going there.
Epic Encounters by Chris Bunton
Q1 How do you feel when you met Epic Encounters for the first time?
When I met the Epic Encounters group I felt happy, enthusiastic and excited. I also felt a positive vibe when I was communicating with them.
Q2 Did you find it easy or hard communicating with the Epic Encounters Group?
Communicating with Epic Encounters is a new challenge because we need to rely on the interpreters to get the message across using sign language.
Q3 Was it hard to learn your sign name? Do you think you could learn their whole language to communicate with them.
Learning my sign name was different, interesting and short. But learning a whole new language would be a difficult task and it would take a long time.
Q4 What am I looking forward to be doing this week?
During this week I am looking forward to Learn:
• New ideas for Speed of Life
• New tips to polish our show
• New moves and sign language
I would also like to share our ideas and end our workshops with a small performance.
Q5 Is Kampot a place you could live in? Why?
I could not imagine myself living here because of the:
• Language barrier
• Disability support
• Health Care and
• The Socioeconomic status