From participants of Seeding Lab 2016 Phase 1:
Chloe Seah, Tutor
We would not be doing justice to the course if we were to use any form of practical measures to evaluate the course. It was an invaluable experience of self-realisation; and rediscovering things that have always been around us, or within us, which we failed to acknowledge.
The course emphasized on developing your own thinking – no right or wrong in everything you do. In whichever perspective you choose to see, that is what makes you different from others. The course also emphasized on rediscovering your senses. The activities which asked us to make fuller use of our senses, serves as a reminder of my own weaknesses and to overcome my own mental obstacle.
Be free-spirited and open-minded. The course teaches everyone different things because it is how you view everything that you experience here. I am glad to have met Jalyn and a bunch of easy-going coursemates through this course.
Neo Hai Bin, Freelance theatre practitioner
As an actor, when I create, I am pressured to constantly ask myself: how best to present my work, how best to craft my characters, how best to hone my skills. Now I am reminded that I don’t have to be interesting– instead, as long as I am interested, the audience will be interested. Instead of presenting myself to the audience, share the story with the audience. Be generous, and appreciate the audience for our shared experience.
As a writer, visual is very important in my works. Through Seeding Lab, I am awaken to other elements: colours, movements, temperature, smell, humidity, touch, weight, sounds, vibrations, inner and outer monologues…. This awakening will definitely be important for my exploration in writing.
Seeding Lab does not attempt to teach. It serves instead to remind, and most importantly it is every participants’ responsibility to discover his/ her own habits, methods, and culture, and seek actively to not be bounded by them. In Seeding Lab, we are our own teachers and students.
Josephine Tan, Performer/writer
Seeding Lab was interesting because it was very supportive and nurturing even though different participants had different experience levels with different types of art. It’s good to be a in a supportive environment rather than being pressured towards (creating) a product. I would recommend Seeding Lab to performance artists.
Alvin Chai, Lighting designer
This workshop helped me more deeply as a person, but as theatre lighting designer, I am now more sensitive to the sensations and feeling that a story wants to portray and through the technical knowledge I have with lighting, I can help the director achieve a more desired atmosphere and scene.
This experience has been an important life lesson, as a person, also as an artist. Seeding Lab allows me to feel more, to appreciate those empty spaces in between. Instead of focusing on “doing”, now I realise that when I quiet down and take away all the distractions including my own thoughts, I can see clearer.
I believe anyone with an artist in them should participate in this course to reinvigorate their passion for whatever art they pursue. To be lost once again and to find their way through Seeding Lab.
This workshop has definitely impacted me a lot as a person, not just my own art practices. The basis for us to do well / improve ourselves in our own art forms is to first accept ourselves as who we are as a person, understanding our own feelings, senses and emotions.
It was really pleasant to work with participants from the various art forms, especially sharing the different knowledge and experiences that we have and learning from one another.
Loo Zihan, Part-time educator/artist
I met Jalyn in December 2011, on the production of bilingual play, A Language of Their Own 男男自语。Commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival 2012, Language was co-directed by Casey Lim and Jalyn Han.
Jalyn is a wonderful person, nurturing and caring. I am new to performing in theatre and her guidance and patience was essential. With her help and advice I was able to cope with the pressure and stress of ‘live’ performance. She helped to clarify various issues I have with the character and performance in front of a ‘live’ audience. Her years of experience in theatre and performance is evident in the way she gives out her generous advice.
It is difficult to discern between our personal and working relationship as Jalyn has always gone to extra lengths to ensure that my worries and needs were taken care of during the production period. She is a maternal figure to all in the production. She is a fantastic teacher and advisor.
I would like to thank her, without her help and advice; the pressure of performance would have overwhelmed me. It is with her help that I had the confidence to go onstage, because I know she will be there to advice me honestly if I falter.
Cindy Ng, Teacher
I met Jalyn during Chinese Drama practices at Anglican High School in 2002 and years later, met her during an audition for Sentosa Images of Singapore as a performing artiste. She was the director for the project.
As a working partner, she is really serious when it comes to work. She works effectively to get things done and will always strive for the best. A great and responsible partner to work with.
As a trainer, she has her own special methods to teach her students. From my experience with her during my secondary school days, I always remember her lessons to be enriching and at the same time, fun and interesting. She handles different students differently, catering to their different needs.
As a friend, she is a helpful and righteous person, rendering her help without hesitation. She never gives up once her mind is set on doing something. She is also a very talented lady who is humble and keeps upgrading herself. Jalyn is a role model that I want to learn from.
Peggy Ferroa, Freelance writer, director, actor
What touched me most about working with Jalyn was that she always seems to know when you’re lost and jumps in to help you. When I couldn’t manage dance steps, she came up to help me understand what I was doing wrong. Boosted my confidence no end. There is also no ego about her and she’s always ready to learn, experiment, and above all, help.
Johnny Tan Fong Wei, Student, Peking University
I first met Jalyn when we worked together for the Show segment of NDP 04. After which, I became a member of her initiative, Seeding Lab 2. The more recent project we worked together was the Singapore Buddhist Federation’s Vesak Celebrations and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery Vesak Day Concert, where I was a stage manager.
It has been most rewarding to have learned from her and worked with her. She is a mentor who believes in patiently guiding her students and this made us respect her because she is more than just a teacher, she is a friend who truly cares for your well-being and your dreams. People who have worked with her or have been mentored by her will gain confidence and learn more about themselves through performing arts, as she is very encouraging and her courses are designed in the perspective of the target audience.
In my opinion, this is not to her, just another mundane routine of work, it is the source of joy to her when she sees her students take baby steps in creating new masterpieces for the arts scene in Singapore. This is because she is always passionate in grooming youths to be future artists. I wish her all the very best in this noble and altruistic work!
Kok Siew, Professional in the Legal Service
Longhouse (Toy Factory Ensemble), Smell of Rain
Jalyn is everything good rolled into one compact unit. Humourous, inspiring and always professional. She’s ever willing to dispense advice and encouragement, and despite being one multi-talented individual with a wealth of experience, she never throws her weight around. I would jump at the chance to work with her again!