A Semester of Relief and Inspiration Through FAA 110

Written by Kamani J Harris

 

I knew that the first semester of my last year at UIUC was bound to be stressful, but I thought joining this class would give me a fun way to get away from all my graduation requirements in the back of my head. I went to so many events with my classmates where we viewed the many forms of creativity and art that I have yet to explore. These events included:

 

Krannert’s Opening Night Party: 50th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff

Photo by Kamani Harris

Erica Gressman’s Limbs

photo by Kamani Harris

Cynthia Oliver/Coco. Dance Theatre Virago-Man Dem

The dancers silently begin to come out and go toward the stage, covered.
Taken by Kamani Harris

Leda Black’s perSISTERS

Reclaiming My Time
Taken by Kamani Harris

No Blue Memories – The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

picture of an actor performing with a puppet.
Taken by Kamani J Harris

Rolston String Quartet

Taken by Bo Huang Photography

Coming to these events allowed me to escape the many stressors in my day that included my other classes, my retail job, and internship. I enjoyed being around my teachers and classmates and discovering the many ways people are able to show their creativity and also unveil the creativity within myself. At a time where I could’ve just gave up on school, work, and the overall weight from being a college student, I still found a way to make it to all the events in this course. Each week I looked forward to meeting with my newfound friends, discuss our differing interpretations of the art, and being enlightened to continue my creativity in other outlets. This class gave me a break and the inspiration to not give up, to continue persisting, and to finish my last year at UIUC so I can one day accomplish my dreams.  

Nice, But I Don’t Enjoy Classical Music

Written by Kamani J Harris

Taken by Bo Huang Photography

Going to the see the Rolston String Quartet at Krannert, I went in wanting to enjoy it like every performance I go to see. I finally realized I’m not into Classical music.

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Ending the Semester Right With Gwendolyn Brooks

Written by Kamani J Harris

Taken by Kamani J Harris

This performance of No Blue Memories-The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks has to be my favorite of this entire semester. I love stories that outline the path of determination and success of people of color, but the jazz, R&B, and puppeteering is what drew me deeper in.

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Recognizing My PerSISTERS

Written by Kamani Harris

Reclaiming My Time
Taken by Kamani Harris

 

On November 29th I went to the art showing of perSISTERS by Leda Black at the UIUC campus YMCA. The art encompassed the many female figures who made an impact on society and persisted no matter the many obstacles they faced, along with many inspirational quotes by them or that represented them in a large way.

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Shape-Shifting of One’s Understanding: Virago-Man Dem

Written by Kamani J Harris

photo of the dancers in Virago-Man Dem by Cynthia Oliver.
Taken by Kamani Harris

In Cynthia Oliver’s Virago-Man Dem I found myself struggling to put together the changes and metamorphosis within the dance that represents finding oneself, race, and gender identity.

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Transformation Through the Loss of Limbs

Written by Kamani Harris

Limbs carry large meaning within your life, as a piece of you that makes life easier, connects you to the earth, and connects you with other beings. But they can also represent deeper meanings such as negative and positive attachments, parts of who you are, and ones emotional stability. Continue reading “Transformation Through the Loss of Limbs”

Happy 50th Anniversary Krannert!!!

Written by Kamani Harris

Photo by Kamani Harris

Walking into the Krannert Center for Performing Arts for the first time this semester brought back so many memories of going to Black Chorus practice and performances and also the awesome performances I saw during my theater classes. I reflected about how much I really admire and appreciate this place and why I feel so much excitement going to this celebration of there 50th year. I couldn’t wait to be in a place with many others who are also as grateful and adoring as I am.

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