It was in the time spent waiting

By: Nancy Ibarra Medrano

Lagos De Moreno, Jalisco.

I’m thankful for this opportunity to share my words. This space is something that I’ve become drawn to. I’m enticed by the artistry and liberty to express my opinions. A place where I’m communicating with you – and you are just interested enough to continue reading. This will delve deeper than it needs to, but still, thank you for being here. I hope you hear my poetry.

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Heidi in the University of Illinois’ Philharmonic Orchestra

By: Nancy Ibarra Medrano

An extra piece. A favor to me.

I wanted to see, but these words are for you.

I have notes to look back on, but I’m still not sure. Niether of us know what is expected of her.

My lack of awareness compares nothing to the lack of compassion for her.

I missed the reading aloud, but I heard it on sight.

Their feet were rumbling – the night.

The observed state of peace.

The total charity – your voice in the speech.

This was a recording of the Illini Strings. Sorry, it really shouldn’t be included, but it was my favorite shot of the night.
Heidi.
Towards the balcony.

School of Jazz First Combos

By: Nancy Ibarra Medrano

The variation in performance and the expounded exposure left me convinced of the potential in the instrumentalists in this genre. There was growth in each combos presentation. Growth that I could see at both the individual and collective level.

A combo named after a combo.
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A 15 minute Excursion in the Lobby of the KCPA

By: Nancy Ibarra Medrano

The full moon occurred in the early hours of April 19th. I knew the day would be jam packed with sentiment and opportunity.

The DJ had the people moving.
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Jupiter String Quartet: ‘Alice in Quantumland’ at Beckman Institute

By: Nancy Ibarra Medrano

The tall ceilings of the Beckman atrium made sure there was room to spare in the lively performance space make-shifted for Jupiter String Quartet. The echos that reached the sixth floor muffled the voices of the introduction, but the touch of the strings still fulfilled the message quite completely.

Jupiter String Quartet from above

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Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble: Goldberg Variations – Ternary Patterns for Insomnia

By: Nancy Ibarra Medrano

The complicated construction and thrill of a new experience charmed my Tuesday evening in front of Anderrsson Dance and Scottish Ensemble. I believe the relativity to Spring beginnings and open ventures is what elevated the performance to another level. Orjan Andersson was walking towards the stage as I was leaving and I am glad to have sputtered at least a few words of commendation.

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Dorrance Dance: An Appeal to the roots and fruition of America

By Nancy Ibarra Medrano

This past Thursday night was filled with taps and thoughtfulness that clenched the attention of the widely receptive audience. The three performances gave each member of the audience a complete understanding of what the company does. The tribute to its ties with American history, expressionism for those most deserving, and newfound positioning in performative arts.

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Latrelle Bright’s Direction of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

By Nancy Ibarra Medrano

My evening began with a haste to the theatre. The for-shadowing of this play by its director, Latrelle Bright, instilled my own curiosity in its ever-present themes of motion and space. Space being interpreted as both the outer universe and the creativity in placement of props and people on stage. The movement was lively. The unorthodox nature of the corps presence on stage continued to expand upon the totality of what can be interpreted from this performance. Thankfully, I was greeted at the door by Dr. Collins with the spare tickets in hand.

A pair, a play.

The title of the play was my first signal of just how different this performance would be. The elongated name and thoughtful preface led me to believe the story would follow a strict mystery plot. I was happily surprised by a novel perspective on the coming of age tale of a young boy triumph over autism. Not only was the storyline engaging, the craft of the set design and movement also brought the audience that much closer to the main character, Christopher. The attention to detail in the integrated communications of all design aspects was evident in how closely each aspect of the play followed the themes of Christopher’s mind. An example of this was evident in the geometric shapes that were used to showcase and populate the stage. The lights were also an example of the transport the audience went through when Christopher spoke about his love for space. The stage was filled with stars and color to accommodate Christopher’s meticulous imagination. These details allowed for the complete immersion into the mind of Christopher. These connection engulfed the audience in the internal battle and aspirations of the protagonist.

An unkept feeling.

My familiarity with this disorder gave me an even better understanding of the livelihood of Christopher and his parents. The portrayal of Christopher’s struggles paralleled the experiences that close family friends of mine have also faced. The message of endless opportunity for people of the spectrum was prominent, but there were also mirror images in the way a person could relate to the emotions that a person with ASD has. Christopher’s father reactions often embodied the clutch to bad habits and bursts of rage. I believe this allowed the audience to relate more closely with Christopher and develop a deeper understanding of his condition.

To be closer.

The entire production invoked an emotional adventure to me and to many of its audience members. The thoughtfulness in direction was evident and innovative. I believe this performance has a consistent ability to impact its audience. The creative decisions facilitated a captivating experience that I believe will always resonate with audience members.

Intermission.

Renee Baker: Everything Influences Everything

By Nancy Ibarra Medrano

This week, the Exploring Creativity in the Arts class had guest speaker, Renee Baker come in to share her story as a renowned composer creating a platform for women and people of color in the world of fine arts.

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