Movement is one of the elements used effectively within this performance, as the actors used all areas of the stage creatively to enhance the meaning of the play. Both abstract and realistic movement is used in the scenes. An example of abstract movement is seen when Romeo and Juliet first meet; in this scene they circled each other as they talked., Tthis in a way is abstract movement as it is not necessarily something people do in real life, but Zen Zen Zo used the circling to represent confronting an enemy and falling in love . Another example of movement is seen at the start of the performance, where the actors are getting ready for school. This element was used efficiently .to identify their actions.
Seeing the movie with a fresh perspective has served almost as reinforcement to me; I am “Seizing the Day”, pursuing the dreams I had as a young lady. I can personally identify with the characters of Neil and Todd’s characters in the movie because of the parallels within my own life as a rebellious teenager. Allow me to explain the correlations with my own life, maybe a different perspective that what you normally receive from your students. As a “troubled” teen, I was more concerned with living my life in the moment and partying to realize that the vision my father had for my life was for my own good. My father, like most parents, wanted so much for me in my life.
Often seen as the link between director and (living or dead) playwright, dramaturges can also directly help actors, depending upon the culture of the producing theatre. Their job is seen as clarifying the world of the play for the actors, in terms of references in the script—"What does this mean? "—as well as the actors' understanding of the time
Another thing we found challenging, was actually working in the group itself! Initially, it was fine because we had quickly established which one of us would be which character in the performance. However soon after there were problems with spacing, which meant we argued a lot with each other and with other groups! This is something a dancer must consider in order to improve in their group performance, because good co-operation with all the dancers means a smoother performance. Probably the easiest thing our group found, which overall really helped us improve in our performance, was lifts.
In the class, I have appreciated many dance compositions of different periods. Swan Lake was my favorite. Although I only saw the interesting version which were performed by all male dancers, the music and the movement attracted me deeply. Thus, I was eager to see the formal version. As a result, I rented the CD of Swan Lake from the library last Thursday and planned to watch it in a romantic atmosphere, even though Swan Lake was not written in the Romantic Period.
I have to say that it was something very different from what I had ever seen before, and I could tell it was the same for the people I went with because they were also very surprised of what we were watching and experiencing. After reading the dramaturg I tried to keep an open mind and tried to understand the theme of the play. The
Initially, I was very critical towards group work because of my prior experiences with bad groupmates. I always had a perception that members of the group would not be able to get along. However, being together with the seven friends I made from the LTB journey, I was blessed to have met such great team members. This group had allowed me to have a different perspective towards group work, and now I genuinely look forward to more group works in the future. I did the survey with this group in mind, and cohesiveness is in fact reflected in the results.
My personal experiences with drawing and painting are from previous folios, is that with drawing is more likely to turn out better than the painting. I prefer drawing because it’s easier to do once you have your idea in your head. My main artistic influence is a modern dancer and choreographer Martha Graham who also had been influenced by Picasso for the modern art, Stravinsky for the music and Frank Lloyd Wright for the architecture. Although my mother had influenced me to begin dancing at age 5, since then it’s been 12 years and thought that it will be a good thing to work on. My Mother inspired me to Dance because it was fun and enjoyable, every time I step foot on the stage or put on my costumes I am proud that I am a dancer and with that it will be really interesting to see what they would come out as within an artwork or piece.
Once, a play being performed had nothing more than actors on stage or in an amphitheatre performing for the audience on their own merit. Now there are microphones, speakers, automated lightning systems, projected images, and even pyrotechnics. Despite the many technological advances, they serve to only enhance the theatrical experience; they are not the heart. There are three essential components at the heart of theatre, the artist, the audience, and a message, and they work together to achieve a theatre performance. Many artists work to bring a play to life.
Dustin Hoffman played the character of Willy and he really captured Willy’s passion and relationships with everyone he encountered. I liked how Willy and Linda’s (played by Kate Reid) relationship was shown through the film. From watching the movie I was able to see how naïve Linda was and how she always made excuses for him. I was also able to see how aggressive Willy was towards Linda. My favorite scene of both the play and film was where Linda kept getting cut off by Willy and I felt it was very humorous.