I am extremely grateful that I was able to be in this class. I was able to reunite with my love for the arts in full force. It was amazing to have a performance to look forward to every single week and I am going to continue going to performances at Krannert more often because I have realized how healing it is to experience art and how much it has helped me deal with stress this semester. I was disappointed that I was not able to enjoy this class to its full capacity due to COVID-19…I was really looking forward to the remaining performances. However, I am still extremely happy with the experiences I took from the first half of the semester and I also really enjoyed the Digital performances and I am also happy that I now know that a website like that exists so I can enjoy more performances online this summer if I want to.
I had a very fruitful semester with Dr. Collins, Dr. Robinson, and my fellow classmates. This class gave me a lot of great opportunities to see a wide range of performances and artists in Krannert Center and Spurlock Museum. It made me widen my horizons and stimulate my curiosity and creativity in modern society with different forms of arts.
Reflecting back on the classes I have taken from freshman year until graduation, it amuses me that the two most impactful classes I have taken throughout my college experience were two that I decided to take on a whim, not for the extra credit hours or any major requirement. FAA 110, one of such classes, has forced me to sit back and spend time appreciating the creativity in the arts, which I have very rarely done due only focusing on STEM subjects most of my life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overall, I will
give the play 10/10! Definitely recommend everyone to go and watch the play!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.