Despite my lack of experience with the performing arts, I decided to take this class to step out of my comfort zone and I’m glad I did. I had a grand time watching these performances and trying to form my own opinions about the message of each show and their purpose. Through this course, I’ve found the type of performances I like the most and I definitely want to be visiting the Krannert Center and local performing arts theatres in the future.
This production of Virago-Man Dem was an intriguing display of various movements and vibrant colors, blending light and dance for a single product. -By Daniel Holley
Created by University of Illinois dance professor Cynthia Oliver, Virago-Man Dem is filled with simple movements and dance patterns. The four cast members dance fluidly around one another, and are often not in-sync. This style of dance is impressive to me because each member must keep track of their own specific movements and position on the stage floor. Although the choreography did not appear especially tricky, the cast was able to execute the simple movements in a way that kept the audience’s attention.
The performers of Virago-Man Dem did an amazing job at depicting the layers of masculinity, however, they were constrained by their medium of communication: video. Of course, when their performance was filmed, they were dancing for a live audience but for everyone else who wants to watch the show, the audience loses a lot of the experience just because they are viewing through a screen.
The Shanghai Ballet comes to town with their show The Butterfly Lovers!
Written by Moises Sedano
The show took place at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in the Tryon Festival Theatre as the Shanghai Ballet wowed us with their movements and passion. These group of ballet dancers did an excellent job of bringing to life the story of two lovers who are denied of being together.
I went into the performance knowing little about the story of “The Butterfly Lovers” and I purposefully did not look at the provided summary so I would be surprised by the performers. It turned out to be a great learning experience in trying to create my own interpretation of the dancers’ message.
The Shanghai Ballet, which was brought to life in 1979, brings Chinese culture into dance on an international stage.
Written by Willa Wu
The Shanghai Ballet performed “The Butterfly Lovers” in the Tryon Festival Theater of the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on January 29, 2020. This brilliant group of performers make up the leading company in the ballet world, and performed the tragic yet beautiful love story in an elegant manner.
The ticket stub and program for the ballet, which included the context for the story and helped me understand.
This week we saw Andersson dance which is an alternating constellation of artists and was founded in 1996. Andersson Dance combined live performance with dancing, with rearranging stage spaces and movements of composers and dancers, which in my opinion, is an interesting way to performance arts.