While most people are caught up in some show on their viewing screen, Leonard is recognizing how the huge city suddenly dies at the evening. The suddenly quiet city seems like it should be strange, but to this society, Leonard’s actions are what is truly odd. This society would
One night after a party, the mansion reveals a feeling of emptiness, a stark contrast to the chaotic, energetic mood of the parties. “A sudden emptiness seemed to flow now from the windows and the great doors, endowing with complete isolation the figure of the host who stood on the porch” (Fitzgerald, 55). Just as the mansion feels empty despite being full of lavish decoration and copious servants, the people of the upper class feel empty even though their lives are filled with material wealth and many acquaintances. The mansion symbolizes the theme of the chronic, emotional emptiness of the upper class. The rich exhibit no depth in any of the relationships they make.
People who work at the theater say toilet flush by themselves, lights go off and on without anyone flipping the switch. Emily, who works at the theater, says that “the theater is full of spirits” She claims to have heard voice and a scream from a small child, she fled the theater quickly. The theater has lots of old energy and the community loves it. Movies are played on weekends, tickets are five dollars and popcorn are one dollar, and the ghost are
The same story, whether fictional or not can be told and retold in a multitude of ways. One such story is the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and its film adaptation “2081”. Though the general plotline, the characters and most of the dialogue prevails through the changes the adaptation makes, The perspective on the events that transpire and the symbolic value of certain characters is completely different. The vastly different tones between the short film and short story can be seen clearly during and after the title character’s last moments, as he dances with his partner in front of a terrified and captivated audience. The effect (or lack thereof) of his actions and what he as a character means to the world are drastically
Edgar Allen Poe's short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” tells of the horrifying death of Prince Prospero and his many guests. Aiming to show off his wealth by throwing a party, the Prince lights his palace with fire as he and his guests dance the night away in seven colored rooms. However, no one dares to enter the seventh room towards the west. Using dramatic changes in color and limited yet deliberate lighting, Poe successfully creates an impression of horror and fear of mortality in his readers. East to west the seven rooms are arranged.
Once the lights dimmed and the theater went quiet, a man, hanging from a noose, fell to his death. When more characters begin to appear on stage, the scene seems chaotic and confusing. However, once the audience figures out who is voicing the characters and who is acting in sign language, the confusion began to fade. The ensemble did an amazing job portraying their emotions through their body language and using American Sign Language confidently and fluently. The two speakers for the show, otherwise known as Voices of the Unheard were also phenomenal.
The C Above C Above High C written by Ishmael Reed and published in 1999 sets an attention-grabbing play that takes place in the controversial period of the 1950’s. The use of unrealistic elements has been used in plays for hundreds of years and has been proven useful in tying scenes and characters together, with the intent of keeping the audience knowledgeable of what is occurring, in crucial turning points of a play. Unrealistic elements are portrayed as the key element that makes a play become art in Modern Japanese Literature (Haruo Shirane). Reed uses elements such as this throughout the entire play. This type of element is best seen when people in the play are talking and discussing topics that the audience is unable to see or do not happen at the same time.
The lives of a twenty first century audience are substantially different to those of a Shakespearean time but the themes of love, hate and death are timeless. Iago’s determination to destroy both Othello and Cassio represent gossip and rumour in everyday life. That being said the complication and lack of communication is simple yet brilliant. Lastly the role of women plays a big part in the appeal of the play as it shows how Desdemona enforces the idea of
Walking into the art gallery felt like a total mood change. Upon walking into the gallery, it was quiet, the lighting had dimmed and all you heard was footwork. Theme dictates the placement of all artwork in the gallery. There were rooms with abstract art with artists such as Sonia Gechtoff and in another room there
This sudden empowering of the female characters is the main reason why I have chosen to examine this comedy. The analysis will be focused on the figure of the women in the play and the contentious ideology of the author. The instruments used to explain the women’s political and social position and the unique linguistic choices made by Aristophanes will be the feminist theory and the social factors that influence a language. Summary of the plot The Peloponnesian war (431 b.C. – 408 b.C), fought between the two main Greek cities of Athens and Sparta, appears endless to the eyes of the Greek citizens.
Wheeldon accomplished with dance what most directors do with text. The one time this was not successful was in the song "Fidgety Feet" during a ballet reception; it is completely out-of-the-blue and adds no actual value to the story. It felt like Wheeldon just wanted another big dance number; however, it was completely unnecessary and it actually contradicted the dramatic action. The lead character was in a bind and all of a sudden, we have one of the most upbeat numbers in the show where everyone’s feet cannot be controlled. I would have cut that song or at least made it more about the lead character’s nervousness and difficult decision instead of everyone joining in
Bill T. Jones’s Still/Here is about the human feelings and they are expressed through high formal structures. I think this choreography is abstract and it focuses on the gestures that Jones’s is dancing to. One of the examples is when one of the dancers strikes up and uses a “game-playing” technique in the workshops. When the singer Odeta is heard on the tape she filters some selective texts from the workshop that the composer Frazelle has set into the art songs with a “spiritual” feeling. For most of classical dance lovers these songs have their own beauty and they can feel the movements and feeling about these dancers something I can not feel because I do not like these type of songs/dance but I can say that it gave me some type of idea about what was going on thanks to Jones’s when he was asking them what they were feeling even thought there was no music just movements but I was able to recognize some feelings.
This may be a reason the dancers roll their eyes into the back of their head sometimes. The movements reminded me of an abstract painting; the performers are able to interpret the dance in their own way. The video states confronting negative feelings aren’t really living. The way our culture is set up may be why Butoh could seem uncomfortable for us because we are focused on our surface presentation. Butoh is mean to be completely raw and vulnerable; it represents sadness in its purest
The tides of townspeople, dressed to the nines with only a scaffold to support their boisterous japery bind the crowd, their purposes ultimately served in total. The stage is lowered and in its place is the dirty steps of clowns and acrobats. Tents coil and breathe with the act, a complex web of ropes and steeled
Petersburg, Petrouchka is brought to life by the Showman, and although he is only a puppet, he is burdened with human emotions. As a result, a love triangle spawns between three puppets: Petrouchka, The Moor and The Ballerina. Although, The Moor and The Ballerina are regarded as significant to the Showman who brought them to life, it is evident from Act II that Petrouchka is not treated with the same dignity. From the outset of the act, Petrouchka is immediately pushed to the floor by the Showman, this highlights that he is that discriminated against. To reinforce this, the Showman purposely shows extra scorn by raising his fist and aggressively shaking it towards him.