Voice

The voice spoke on very deep subjects. Poetry filled with hatred and confusion. Speaking of neglect and denial from a mother. Growing up hating your mother, your creator, because of the way you were brought up. The performance started with the poet playing his guitar. Drawing the audience into a piece that I personally really wasn’t expecting. A person feeling suicidal because the lack of love received from their parent.

There was more than one poem, but they mostly consisted of the same subject. Blaming the world for how life works. Despising your mother for bringing you into the world. The readers emotions were at rage. The poem emphasized the emotion. Everyone has disagreements with their parents once in a while, but personally I could not relate. I love my mother through the good and the bad. Respect should always be a part of a relationship.

Illinois Modern Ensemble

The Illinois Modern Ensemble was a dramatic symphony. There weren’t much soft and slow tones throughout the performance. It seemed as if it was a thriller or a dramatic contemporary music. The performers used synced movements to certain beats such as a head drop, jerking forward, and making expression. I can see the passion for their art in their face and in their performance. It was very interesting to see that the performance was mostly face paced. Contemporary performances that I have seen are more mellow and slow. This performance made me think of scenes such as someone chasing someone, something crazy was revealed, etc. Contemporary music is not one of my favorite things to listen to or watch. This specific performance was bit more interesting because of how live it was.  These 3 performers made a very strong and detailed musical piece.

Erica Gressman: Limbs

Limbs was a very interesting piece. The way the performer used its body with using multiple techniques. Hanging from a string I didn’t think much was possible. The performer used its emotions through their body. In a blue suit, the performer was completely covered. Spinning into a ball, yanking and pulling with force. Then begin to hang as if the performer was tired or feeling free.

To me, it seemed as if the storyline was based on breaking free. The performer was zipped inside a suit hanging. Moving, pulling, and leaning as if it wants to break free. At some point the performer does break free. The performer begins to unzip out of the suit and walk away from the hanging equipment.  It could be related to life. Some people tend to struggle at times with juggling life and school, hanging on to dead relationships, letting their fear take over them, or letting their failures define them. It’s better to outbreak from those habits and find a balance.

 

No Blue Memories


No Blue Memories is one of my favorite performances. From the live band and singer to the puppets and the background story. As soon as the show begin, I was astonished with the set up. There were maybe 2 or 3 people that were playing actual roles in the performance, but the rest were puppets. A live band and the singer were set up in the middle corner of the stage playing amazingly. Her voice was so gracious and was perfect for this performance. Being an African American woman, it was nice to see such a creative show built to present an iconic Black woman named Gwendolyn Brooks.

This was my first time seeing a puppet show. I started to wonder how were they switching the puppets and background so fast? It’s incredible. I know that it may have took a lot of practice to and time to set up this show. Multiple people around the projector changing the scene, making the background music, and moving the puppets. The energy from the characters made it even more engaging. I was drawn into the storyline as if I haven’t heard of Gwendolyn Brooks before. This is something that I would love to see again.

My New Experiences with the Arts

Written by Bill Xun

I had an awesome experience with FAA110 this semester. I had previously only seen one show at Krannert before, and it was a symphony orchestra. Though this class, I found out and got to experience so many different types of the arts, from puppets to quartets to different art exhibits across campus. I went to nine events in total:

Krannert’s 50th Anniversary!! 

Photo by Bill Xun

Breaking Limbs at the Krannert Art Museum

Photo by Bill Xun

Marcus Tardelli: Master Guitarist

Photo by Bill Xun

Describing A City With Art

Taken by Bill Xun

Comedy at the Krannert Center

Taken by Bill Xun

A Night at the Opera — La Bohème

Taken by Bill Xun

Emotions through Strings

Taken by Bill Xun

A Fully Immersive Puppet Show

Taken by Bill Xun

An Afternoon of Strings

This semester definitely opened my eyes to new types of art that I’ve never even thought about seeing before. I found out so many cool types of events that I’d never thought I would enjoy, like puppets, and even some performance art. I will definitely be on the lookout for new events on campus and off campus in the future. There are already lots of events at the Krannert Center that I  am for sure going to next semester. I loved the discussions we had in class, about some background info on the performance we were going to see, or talking about our opinions and hearing everyone’s unique thoughts and creative thinking. Thanks to Dr. Collins and Dr. Robinson for an amazing semester and guiding the class towards a huge variety of different arts.

FAA 110 Final Blog: A Fine Arts reflection

Written by Syed Ali

Before I joined FAA 110, I thought I wanted to take theater or drama classes. I enjoyed the expressive, abstract search for truth that is the fine arts. After I took this class, however, I learned that there is much more than theater in the world of art. I went to an opera, a musical, dance, orchestras, and various other forms of applied art. Because of this class, I went to an art museum for the first time and I truly loved it. I’m glad I took Fine & Applied Arts this semester; I learned not only about music/expression, but also about multimedia and how blogs are written. Continue reading “FAA 110 Final Blog: A Fine Arts reflection”

Too Fast, Too Soon

When registering for classes, I was a little confused as to why my advisor would advise me to take such a class. I then realized that it was more than that. After the first event, I became incredibly interested.

Written by Maty Patino

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My Journey Through FAA 110

Written by Yining Wei

This semester, I enrolled in the FAA110: Art in Motion. The class is fun and explores art through our different senses, and offered excellent opportunities to explore art on campus. Here are the eight events that I went to:

Krannert-A Magical Night

Krannert-A Magical Night

The Power of One Glance-LAGRIME DI SAN PIETRO

The Power of One Glance-LAGRIME DI SAN PIETRO

Comedy & Musical: A funny thing happened on the way to the forum

Comedy & Musical: A funny thing happened on the way to the forum

Solo Guitarist: Marcus Tardelli

Solo Guitarist: Marcus Tardelli

La Boheme: Tragic yet beautiful

La Boheme: Tragic yet beautiful

The Rush, the Changes and the Innerself

The Rush, the Changes and the Innerself

Virago-Man Dem: Fighting Cultural Conventions with Dance

Virago-Man Dem: Fighting Cultural Conventions with Dance

Light Seeker: Photo exhibition at Illini Union Art Gallery

Light Seeker: Photo exhibition at Illini Union Art Gallery

 

I really enjoyed the FAA course because it explores different forms of art with our sensations. We listened to music which explores our listening, discussed and went to a modern dance performance that expresses art in physical motion, and also appreciated paintings that explores colors and forms. I would recommend this class to my friends who are looking for an easy and fun gen-ed that they can actually learn from. Thank you both for teaching us this semester!