Syncretic Art is the fusion of disparate elements - visual art, music, theatre, and dance.
Amanta directs Syncretic Art workshops for people of all ages — arts academies, universities, high schools, private schools, primary and secondary schools; special interest and community groups of all cultures.
Participants explore creative expression through many different outlets: drawing, painting, sculpting, singing, speaking, playing, performing and dancing.
Learn to "sing" a painting or "dance" a sculpture — responding to colour, shape and texture through sound and movement. Discover graphic scoring - expressing sound and choreographic ideas through drawing — using line, shape and colour. Collaborate with others to create innovative performances expressing relevant issues through the integration of sound and movement, visual art, voice, percussion, theatre, dance and performance.
Amanta also offers private sessions tailored specifically to individual needs — whether it be preparation for arts school entrance auditions or working with professional dancers to enhance musicianship skills and develop greater connection with diverse artistic disciplines.
A 6 month Syncretic Art project commissioned by HRDC - Human Resources Development Canada - for 16 youth deemed to be "at risk" in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
Through daily workshops in a wide range of artistic disciplines the youth developed a series of performances — integrating sound, voice, movement and sculpture —which toured to over 25 seniors' homes, festivals, fairs and art galleries across Central Ontario.
Syncretic Art workshops following exhibitions of Arising Phoenix at Art Gallery of Algoma, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Art Gallery of Peterborough introduced 19,475 students and the general public to the fundamentals of Syncretic Art.
Workshops — conducted throughout Central Ontario from 2002 - 2005 — were made possible through the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Arts Council.
Augmenting the exhibition of Lockdown and 15 Minutes of Fame at Art Gallery of Algoma — this workshop series — offered to the public twice daily throughout a 3-week period — empowered participants to develop their own interpretations of the artworks; create their personal responses to them through art, sound and movement; and to use the art exhibition as a catalyst for presentations integrating voice, percussion, sound, movement and visual arts.
Syncretic Art workshops offered following performances of Arising Phoenix in the schools and art galleries introduced audiences of up to 19,475 students to the fundamentals of Syncretic Art.
Workshops were conducted in primary and secondary high schools throughout the Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay areas in 2004 and 2005.
This tour was made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Arts Council.
Syncretic Art workshops were offered following performances of Arising Phoenix and Dragon Tango in theatres — including Yilan Cultural Centre Theatre, Taiwan; Academy Theatre, Lindsay; and Market Hall, Peterborough.
To the delight of the audience and performers alike, the performance of Arising Phoenix at the Yilan Cultural Centre Theatre culminated in an impromptu jam-session with members of the Taiwanese National Orchestra.
Syncretic Art workshops were offered twice daily over a six-week period for school groups and the general public following exhibitions of Dragon Tango at the Edmonton Art Gallery, and Royal Ontario Museum.
Students also participated in the initial stages of Glove Forest, donating single gloves accompanied by messages of hope and pledges to protect the environment.
These workshops invited people of all ages and cultural backgrounds to get involved in art — to contribute to the initial stages of Glove Forest by donating single gloves accompanied by messages of hope and pledges to protect the environment; and — share their stories by participating in audio/video interviews which were edited into the resulting surround sound audio score and video for Glove Forest.
A series of workshops introducing the fundamentals of Syncretic Art — empowering students to explore creative expression through many different outlets: drawing, painting, sculpting, singing, speaking, playing, performing and dancing. Using graphic scoring as a starting point, students collaborate to create innovative performances expressing issues relevant to themselves through the integration of sound and movement, visual art, music, theatre and dance.
• Cadarackque Public School
• Dunsford District Elementary School
At the request of William Crane, Arts Consultant for the Peterborough Board of Education, Dragon Tango was imported from Japan to Canada. The PTBO hosted two weeks of performances and engaged artists Amanta Scott and David Tomlinson to conduct Syncretic Art workshops for 7000 students of the Peterborough Board of Education.
Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation an on-line Curriculum Links Document was commissioned: outlining a series of activities connecting Dragon Tango and Amanta's work to all aspects of the school curriculum. This document is still in use today.
While in Taipei for the exhibition of Oh . . . Canada, Syncretic Art workshops and on-site studio tours were conducted with students of Kaiping High School.
Students participated in creating sound sculptures, and explored the integration of music, visual art, theatre and dance.
Staff and students, as well as the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, were very pleased with the experience.
Amanta's syncretic art installation Arising Phoenix featured at the Yilan County Cultual Centre Theatre in Yilan, Taiwan. While in Taiwan Amanta conducted a workshop on graphic scoring and syncretic art for 200 students at the GuangFu School.
During the workshop invited students leapt onto the stage, each of them eager to draw graphic scores - lines, shapes, contours and colours to which which their colleagues enthusiastically gave voice. Students learned to conduct the entire assembly leading them in dance choreography inspired by the scores.
While in living in Japan Amanta conduced a series of Syncretic Art workshops and presented the first stages of Dragon Tango to locals and students at schools and community centres in Hino Hara Mura, and Musashi Itsukaichi, towns in the mountains, 80 km west of Tokyo; and also in Shikoku, Japan.
Participants created their own percussion music upon the sound sculptures and discussed the varying and contrasting significance of the dragon in Japanese and World mythology and in contemporary culture.
In 1996, Amanta directed a 6-week syncretic art workshop resulting in an opera, created and performed by the students, entitled Gaggle Goes to Canada. This project was funded by the Canadian Opera Company "Create-an-Opera-in-the-Schools" program which partnered professional composers and artists with local schools.
Students were largely new Canadians just learning to speak English. The theme of the opera was a gaggle of geese flying across Canada, discovering each region through its geography and history - all of which was expressed through sound and movement and costumes created by the students. The resulting opera was so adorable it was featured on the local Toronto news.