The Dorrance dance on Thursday was fantastic, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. My favourite piece of the three, was the Three to One. It was very dramatic and magnetic. I loved the three dancers as they tapped away on stage, moving effortlessly. Although, the two other dancers were not wearing their shoes, I felt it magnified the performance even more. It was empowering to see the piece somehow, maybe partly due to the energy of every move and remained on edge as I wanted to dance along to it too. I did not feel bad about swaying in my seat though, since we were told we could in the beginning of the performance.
Highlighting the artworks from Chicago-based artists, the exhibition, Between the buildings, unfolds the stories and spirits buried in history. The historical background of Between the buildings is interesting. In last century Chicago, many artists working in isolation, producing creativity, diversity, and personal aesthetics. However, the artists could hardly find opportunities to exhibit their works. Thus they collectively exhibit with students in art schools, forming the idea of Chicago School.
The guitar player, Marcus Tardelli, came to the city of Champaign-Urbana for the first time and performed a variety of phenomenal guitar pieces. He was a natural talent, and played upbeat, emotional, and calming music so gracefully with his smooth fingers. The atmosphere was different than anything I had been to before. The guitar and the music streaming from it had the eyes and attention of every audience member. The public was mesmerized by the notes, the performance, and the passion of the musician. It was a giant, elegant hall filled with eager crowds, however, there was no chit chatting. Just fascinated eyes and open ears. It was unique and varied from music within my home because of the radiating high energy and passion. If I were to listen music at home, I’d most likely multitask and listen to the music, but mostly keep my focus on the activity at hand. However, in this engaging environment the sounds were the focus. Everyone was engulfed in the emotion and the culture of the music opposed to daily tasks and distractions. Also, in my household I tend to listen to the most popular hits or what’s trending, whereas at this event I got the opportunity to listen to a lot of different cultural music that was popular in other countries. I enjoyed that because I wouldn’t normally be exposed to much diversity in the musical world. It was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t have had access to in the comfort of my own, I’m glad I had the opportunity to take part in this performance at Krannert.