Tag Archives: Performing Arts

Actions Speak Louder Than Words. Literally.

Written by: Benjamin Tan

Bringing the audience on a journey of past memories

The Nature of Forgetting is literally the best performance I have seen in my entire life. It was phenomenal. No words can describe how stupendous this performance is. But here is the best I can describe the entire performance in words.

In the beginning, the father was being reminded by the daughter to wear his purple coat with the red tie at the left side of the pocket. As the father approaches his wardrobe, his memory starts to get distorted. This was done by the amazing audio where it was distorted and was blurred by the daughter’s words.

Daughter reminding the father to wear his jacket

The father started to take many other clothes and each clothes brought a certain past memory of the father’s life. This was displayed by the different clothing that was used in each scene. Some examples will be back in the days where he was in high school as a student. The clothing was the high school uniform. As the memory progress, the clothing switch to the academical dress which was his graduation days and it switch to the father holding the long stick which signifies him being a high school teacher and the tuxedo that represents the wedding with his wife to be.

One thing that I really amazed is how all the father’s clothing was extremely similar but just adding an extra prop such as the stick and the flowers could change the entire outfit.

Apart from the clothing, the music! Oh, my goodness, the music was FANTASTIC. Firstly, it was only a 2-person live band. The instruments consist of just the drums, keyboard, and a violin. Just 3 instruments added so many dynamics and colors to the entire performance. How it transits from memory to present was when they use a synthesizer of the keyboard to make those whiny sounds from soft to loud and at its climax, the band will stop playing and the father is back to the present.

Highschool cycling scene. Chasing after the girl of his dreams

Unfortunately, I did not attend the performance for Home. Hence, I will focus on discussing the Nature of Forgetting.

Some of the distinctive ways the production represents the life event were how at the beginning, there is not much dialogue, and this puzzles the audience to want to know what is going on. This makes the audience want to lean in and focus on the entire performance to find out what is the whole performance about.

One of the most puzzling scenes was how the father was chasing after his wife to be and each scene from the cycling, the graduation and the wedding it all ends up with the both of them sitting to next each other and his wife to be is avoiding him and then there is a loud honk which brings the father back to the present. Only at the fourth repetition, I finally understood that scene which was his wife pass away due to a traffic accident and that accident could have been how the father got his dementia.

Puzzling repetitive scene. Father sits next to his wife to be and she is avoiding him.

My favorite scene was the ending scene. All his cherished memories came to life where his best friend, mother, and daughter came to celebrate his birthday. The favorite part of the scene was when all the lights slowly dimmed off and all that was left was the birthday candles and the father blew the candles away. What a remarkable way to end the performance.

Happy Birthday!

Overall, I will give the play 10/10! Definitely recommend everyone to go and watch the play!  

Whiff of Talent in the Air [makeup event]

Written by: Laura Chong

Global Talent Show – Illinois Homecoming was an eyeopening experience.

Marie Joe Noon, the last performer of the night really blew us off

This is the first-ever Homecoming talent show, performed by international students. There were 13 performers and they presented the different cultures and their art wonderfully. Through this talent show, I have increased my understanding of the different countries through their selection of songs and performing piece.

Diana Bikbaeva sang a beautiful russian poem song

Most of the performer chose a song from their country and there was a clear difference in the melody, rhythm and style of the songs. I could also feel their emotions as they sang the songs that reminded them of home. It was truly a touching and memorable moment.

To me, it takes a lot of courage to perform in front of a crowd and no matter the decisions of the judges, I felt that they are all winners. As for relationship with the audience, there is certainly that element for certain performances.

Magic performance by Alejandro Diaz

For example, the magic performance by Alejandro Diaz was very interactive. He used the projector as a prop to bring his magic closer to the audience. As for the singers, they used the mic as a prop to bring their voice closer to us.

Overall, it was an exciting experience which showcased many talents, such as yo-yo, beat-boxing, singing, dance and magic. I expected a more formal event performed by professionals, but these people on stage were genuinely just wanting to showcase their culture and talent. There were emotions in the theater and I left the theater with a warm feeling in my heart.

My Great Adventure in FAA 110!

Written by Alyssa Pappas

My transition into my new major of Atmospheric Sciences I knew would not be an easy one. With my schedule being increasingly difficult, I knew that I had wanted to add a class that would have nothing to do with my major and that could act as a breath of fresh air. That is when I discovered FAA 110!  Some of my friends had recommended it to me so I wanted to give it a shot. I could not have been happier with my decision! I got the chance to attend different events, involving the Arts, that I would never have been able to experience outside of taking this class.  Throughout the length of this course I learned so many things and got to see a whole new world away from my science one.  Here are the events that I attended that taught me so much, as well as pictures and links to my blogs to go along with them.

 

A New Perspective: Limbs Ligaments, Parts: My body is there Gallery

Photo by A.Pappas 

The Way We See Things: Erica Gressman: Limbs

Photo by A.Pappas

Making it Happen: Krannert’s Opening Night 

Photo by A.Pappas

Silence in a Crowded Room

Photo by A.Pappas

The Barriers Between Us: Kennedy Browne, The Special Relationship

Photo by A.Pappas

My life in Chicago

Photo by A.Pappas

Reminiscing Throughout the Opera

Photo by A.Pappas 

The Art of Taking Risks: Circa

Photo by A.Pappas

A Million Emotions with Zero Words: Perlman

Photo by A.Pappas

My experience with being in this class is one that can never be duplicated.  With many lessons learned involving: how many different forms of Art there is, how a class doesn’t need to be just lectures and tests, and how important it is to be courageous and attend events I have never been to before.  I plan on keeping up with this experience by continuously putting myself out there and going to events that I wouldn’t typically go to.  That even though my life is heavily based around math and science, I will still make time for myself and not let life pass me by without experiencing as many different performances as possible.