Posts tagged theatre
Posts tagged theatre
Culture varies from door to door as you go down the very street you live in. You may live in the same community, but in your home, you may tend to live your life very differently as compared to many others. On a larger perspective of the whole cultural issue, we do own up to a national culture, even if its in a cosmopolitan, the majority of us have an idea of what it means to be proud of our respective nationalities.
This blog post stems from a recent practical exam that I had in my academic pursuit of the Performing Arts The course, Asian and African Theatre examined the various forms of Theatre that are not common to the Western World, but rather distinct in the various regions of Africa and Asia. While I do understand that with all theatrical studies, it is important to have a practical feel of the theory examined, I must admit that this was the first time I literally felt ashamed of what I was doing. Not because I was bare chested, or because I felt like a fool on stage. This was the first time I felt as if I should not have interfered with what I had learnt.
Our group was given the topic "Magic in Bali: Ritual vs Tourism." Bali is a small island in the Pacific ocean that boasts of a unique form of Hinduism known as Balinese Hinduism. Like with most who come across this tiny island, I fell in love with its environment, its people and their cultural practices. Apart from its economic hold on the ornamental fish industry, and the benefits of coral reefs that exist in the surrounding seas, Bali has a uniqueness that is incomparable to its neighbours. Even though Bali has been influenced by Java and Indonesia; from what we have learnt, Bali has remained unique in what it has to offer.
There are many secular dances that take place near temples around Bali. One in particular is known as the Legong which is usually danced by women. This form of dance takes extensive years to learn, with precise movements narrowed to the shifting of the eyeballs against the backdrop of traditional Balinese music. Males are known for the Kecak dance, that illustrates the story of the Ramayana. It speaks mostly of Lord Hanuman and the battle he faced when rescuing Sita from the Demon God that kidnapped her. This dance is normally done in a circle and involves a series of chants or “caks” alongside the bodily movements of the hands and fingers. With a group of 20 or more men, the ‘performance’ can be quite a spectacle.
Our group had decided to re create the Kecak dance as much as we could. However, it was known to us that we could NOT re create Bali. The truth of the matter is… no one can. In order to see Bali, you have to go there and experience the wonder of the country for yourself. We tired making ‘saputs’ which are loin cloths that are checkered black and white. We had to suffice using white tetrex cloth, stale black paint, an old paintbrush and a piece of paper to help smudge the material. We got woven baskets, and picked brightly coloured flowers. I was at least very proud that one of my colleagues and I were able to find hibiscus and frangi pani flowers that are customarily used in the Balinese traditions. For the kecak dance, also known as the monkey dance, we had Hanuman incense. We also had a lota, a taria, and a havan kund to help us recreate the central fire.
The kecak dance itself is physically exhausting. To begin with, it was difficult to lead the group and also to even learn the moves. It amazes me that in Bali the individuals who do these dances are people who have varied professions. The people who dance are the doctors, the lawyers, the construction workers etc. This is their daily life, and its a part of who they are. These rehearsals are done after work hours. Its a part of their culture and EVERYONE is involved. The manner in which our group approached this in my honest opinion, was not done in complete reverence. Everyone seem so pre occupied with attaining the highest mark. At the end of the day, I was more than satisfied with just passing.
I guess I feel this way mainly because of the readings that I was cramming for my final written exam for African and Asian Theatre. I read that Balinese people are very particular about their culture and traditions. In Bali there are different types of dances and some of them require masks. Topeng masks for example are extremely sacred and must be taken good care of. There are even some masks that must be kept covered at all times. In my readings I saw how lengthy the process is. From the moment that the wood is taken from a tree, prays and rituals must be said and done, in order to make the mask what it is. The specific wood used, is left to dry, before it can even be carved. The alkaloids in the wood can prove very toxic for the bearer of the mask, and as such the wood is left to dry for the alkaloids to become absent. Even during its carving and development various prays are said intermittently. Its painting is usually done by grinding various natural elements. Commercial paints are often used, but few mask makers paint it the traditional way, since the length of time it takes to use natural elements is much longer.
Because these people are so particular about their culture. It was very hard to accept my meager attempt at the Kecak dance. During our presentation we talked to each other, trying to sort out last minute details and even at the very last minute, changed our concept. It indeed was a very frustrating day.
Have you guys ever had a presentation go wrong? Or never felt that comfortable with it? Have you ever had to dance in loin cloth and nothing else? Let me know what are your thoughts on the Balinese culture… It truly is amazing!!!
Always looking at life,
Shahad the Sentinel
Wow is the only word that I could use to describe by schedule for November. I think its generally understood by my peers that I have a relatively active life. For the month of November it seems very overwhelming, but I would be lying if I said I hated it. The next 7 days in particular its going to be very hectic, but honestly they are all activities that I want to be a part of. If I do not live my life, who on earth is going to live it for me. Recently I got an email from a colleague who is warped in his studies. At the end of the day I would not oppose your wishes to delve in your books, but my advice is to get out there and breathe the living air. Get the experience that you need in order to have that competitive edge over someone else.
The youth of Trinidad and Tobago need to realize that we are not competing with just ourselves. We are competing with the world. I have had the privilege of meeting some of the most outstanding youths of the Commonwealth nation, and no one that I knew in Trinidad and Tobago could even begin to measure up to their expansive successes. They have built their lives on sacrifices and dedication and worked towards what they believe in. I can’t deny that I had such a deep admiration for each of them, and I think the reason why November is about to be a beast to me, is primarily because of the impact these refined successful individuals had on me.
In just a few hours, I would be walking into the Hyatt Regency Hotel to cover an event for giemagazine. This event is hosted by Anime Caribe, a festival that is held every year in Trinidad and Tobago celebrating our local animation. This festival brings together some of the brightest mind in the international industry, from individuals who were involved in Harry Potter and animators from cartoon network as well as Nickelodeon. They would be discussing the business of animation. I would imagine that the economic side of animation needs to be developed and budding students need to have the foresight to market their future products. I would love nothing more than to be a part of this, the 11th edition of this festival. Its something that is new and fresh and I have been following it for 3 years. I have had the pleasure of meeting the CEO of the company, Ms Camille Abrahams. I always remember her name well, mainly because of how well she answered my questions the first time I interviewed her. One of those questions circulated around the craze of Japanese Anime in this country. She told me it was of her belief that it was okay to be influenced by something else. Every since she told me that, its hard to ever see something that is 100% original. There is either always a source of inspiration or an envelope of what was before. That statement really opened up my eyes.
Apart from event coverage, which by the way I have a lot of this week. I also have the usual assignments to complete for school. I have a 1500 word essay to do that I am completely ecstatic about. I am currently doing a course called African and Asian Theatre. Within this course we were able to study Balinese Theatre Forms. In Bali there is somewhat of a debate between ritual and tradition against sustainable development and tourism. I guess I’m overly enthusiastic about this essay, because it crosses over my three main interests. Journalism, Theatre and Environment. I went to the library today and sourced some books to support my essay. The material I found just gave me chills. There is no reason why I should not get total in this essay. There is actually a sustainable development plan for Bali as it relates to their cultural traditions that has become so globally popular. I cannot wait to get started, but sadly there are other assignments that are due sooner than this one.
This week I also have to do a photoshoot. I would refrain from saying why I have to do this photoshoot. Let’s just leave it as a surprise. Some may say this whole idea is a huge conflict of interest, but at the end of the day, this idea did not come from me, it came from someone who was above me. Who am I to disagree? I would go along with the idea, and we would see how it turns out.
I am also showing my support for my alma mata. They are staging the production of Ti Jean and His Brothers at Little Carib Theatre, this Friday 2nd November and Saturday 3rd November, Showtime 8pm. If you guys are interested in attending, you can get tickets at the administration desk at Trinity College in Moka, Maraval. I would admit that apart from supporting my school in this venture, there is one other reason why I am going to this show. There was this young boy by the name of Lindon, who was apart of the class that was assigned to as a prefect in Trinity College. To this day I remembered wringing his ears for being a bit unruly with me. Today he is a young man, and is taking on the role of the devil in this production. For anyone who is familiar with the devil role in Ti Jean and his Brothers, its a role that fits an actor who has the capacity to change into many forms or characters quickly. In other words, its one of the more challenging roles in the play. I give Lindon loads of advice on life, I am not sure how much of it he takes though. At the end of the day, I cannot describe how extremely proud of him I am that he took an interest in the performing arts. I have not even seen him perform on stage, but I just have a strong feeling he would be dynamic and explosive.
I was also invited to attend a Youth Advisory Forum that is going to be hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Yes I know the name is a bit to swallow, and trust me when I say a bit technical to spell when you are up at 1:30am in the morning. It more or less focuses on the transparent usage of extractive industries in Trinidad and Tobago such as Oil and Gas as well as Mining. The Youth Advisory Forum is to hear our thoughts and how we could possibly contribute. I honestly think that this is a great initiative for our voices to be heard on such a pertinent issue. Trinidad and Tobago is the fossil fuel hub of the small island Caribbean states. It is a forum that I am looking forward to, and you can bet that I would be blogging about the outcomes of this event.
In the mean time, The EMA Youth Ambassadors have been so active. It amazes me how many invitations we get to work alongside many organizations as well as attend conferences, meetings and forums. Its been so much, that its not at all possible for us to entertain everyone, even though we would love to. After wining the national award for best community group 2012, it seems that for a group of 58 individuals we have been making massive milestones. We work towards all our goals and we have the backing of a formal organization to make sure all our goals and objectives come to pass.
Yes I am very excited about all of the above, but I do not think anything can really compare to the invitation that I got from Cropper Foundation to attend an EcoServ Workshop that would be based on the Caura Valley. My heart nearly skipped a beat when I saw my favourite lectures name at the bottom of the document. Yes I am talking about non other than Dr. John Agard. A man who has a passion for teaching and making everyone understand things on such a comparable level. He is nothing short of amazing. The EcoServ workshop is meant to equip journalists to better report on Ecosystem Services etc using Caura Valley as an example. I remember reading the Northern Range Assessment 2006 that fully evaluated the ecosystem services of the Northern Range. I also remembered Dr. John Agard who gave me the conceptual background on ecosystem services. As such it was natural for me to be driven to attend this workshop. Its something that I cannot wait to be a part of. Did I mention that this is going to be done interactively and also includes a field trip in the Caura Valley… What more could I possibly ask for?
I beg of you not to worry. this is all happening in the space of 7 days. I haven’t even begin to talk about the rest of November, which is as just as ram pack as the first week. At the end of the day I am going to disappoint a few people and I am not even sure how they would take it. I love this life. I really do. I am loving what I am doing! I am tired. I am exhausted. I just want to drop. But God knows that I love it so much. I always tell people to do what they love. Do what you love and all the opportunities would follow you.
These days there is nothing that is going to stand in the way of my happiness, even if November wants to be a beast to me… I’m so ready to battle u…
Always looking at life,
Shahad the Sentienl
My first impression of the Islamic class was that they were very young; ages between 3-14. As a person in Theatre Arts its always a joy to work with older kids who would understand concepts a lot better. However, I am always shocked when I work with younger kids. Their ability to grasp concepts always astound me. I was not seeking much, because my only purpose was to give back to the community and help inspire these kids with their upcoming performance.
What amazed me the most, was their ability to learn the spaces of the stage so quickly. I only had to show them a few of the spots and they all figured out the rest on their own. Children really do pick up a lot more than you would expect. If its one thing that I learnt today is to never underestimate the power of a child’s mind. I would openly admit though that most of them were very shy, and they all need to be brought out of their shells. Hopefully with my planned exercises they would be able to blossom :)
The thing is though, I probably only have less than 2 hours to work with them before they take to the stage in mid July. So my plan is to simplify, but yet still make it as effective as possible. They have about two songs and three skits to do. The skits more than likely would be narrated as the kids take on the actions. I honestly would have liked to push that boundary a little further, however with such limited time, I think its the best plan of action.
Working with kids can be so difficult at times. Its always hard to gain their attention. They are easily drawn away from what you are trying to teach them. During their break, they were like little ants running around with not a care in the world. Oh how I envy them! Today also made me realize how old I am getting and how time quickly passes by. I felt as if it was just yesterday I use to attend Islamic classes at the Mosque. I stopped because my life became so much more hectic.
Giving back to your community does wonder to your spirits. Makes you feel that you are actually doing something that is worth your time and energy. Inspiring these kids to help them with their confidence on stage is more satisfying than anything that I have done in a long while. Even though I have a very short time to work with them. Whatever we come up with to perform for the congregation, I am very sure all of them would make me proud.
Always looking at life,
Shahad the Sentinel
I had it all planned out. A nice planned picture perfect day coming back from my vacation. I got all my outstanding giemagazine assignments out of the way, since I had to attend Lilliput’s 2012 theatrical production for media coverage. I do not know who fooled me into thinking that I could get from Santa Cruz to St. Ann’s in about an hour. I need to keep reminding myself that I am living in a developing country that is congested by constant traffic, with no prescribed peak hours.
I have another issue. Is there no one living in St Anns? I completely forgot that people would be heading home at this late hour after work, so surely I was expecting rel ketch ass for taxi to get to Queens Hall. To my surprise there was a string of taxi’s lined up going to St Ann’s on a late Thursday evening. My issue then became getting the taxi to be filled quickly, as oppose to running down taxis to get to Queen’s Hall. In the end I paid for the trip, because when it comes to Theatre Arts, I spare no expense. I reached 5 minutes late, and I nearly died because of it. One must always have respect for the arts, and reaching late is clear example of utter disrespect.
I thoroughly enjoyed the private media viewing of the performance. Lillliput Theatre is known as the flagship for Children’s Theatre in Trinidad and Tobago, and last night they lived up to that reputation. If you guys would like to see the show. It’s being held at Queens Hall for the next three days.
Friday May 18th, 2012 7:30pm
Saturday May 19th, 2012 5:30pm
Sunday May 20th, 2012 5:30pm
Children $85.00 Adults $95.00
The show is entitled “anansi and the world wide web” and features social and political commentary through the voice and stories of Anansi the spider. Make sure to look out for the young thespians Christopher, Kenya, Shermake and Asia who I had the pleasure of interviewing for giemagazine. I would post the story on tumblr once its published. These kids were inspiring :D
After the show one of my friends called me to go out. Frankly I was very excited because I have been dying just to lime with one of meh ‘padnas’. However I must always remind myself, that some people are just born set ups! What amazed me though is that I was ready to put everything out just to have a good time last night with anyone! My finances went straight down to plan Z, and everything else that I had to do, just got pushed aside, all just to lime and hang out with a friend who I look up too so much.
I realized that sometimes I have to pull myself back and take a look at the situation and appreciate what you have. Last night I got a private viewing of a leading theatrical company in Trinidad and Tobago. Hello Shahad… in case you did not realize you have a life! It is with this life you should make the best of it! I eventually came home and sent out emails till 2 am in the morning. Since I got up I wrote up the article and continued sending out emails for our eco carnival pre band launch, which is really beginning to take shape. Even though I take d lil set up in good stride, I rel doh like it. I fed up get brace by people when I was younger, I could do without that feeling of worthlessness these days, since so many things seem to be going my way.
I love all my friends deeply, and I understand that inconveniences can occur from time to time. But jed less talk and more action. That’s d game I play!
Always looking at life,
Shahad the Sentinel
One of the major reasons that I have not been blogging as much is because I have been involved in a national theatrical production called Nation Dance: The Pilgrimage. It is being done by the Department of Creative and Festival Arts at the University of the West Indies. I am involved in the production because currently doing a course that makes up my minor in Theatre Arts, and as such I am required to be apart of it.
Nation Dance: The Pilgrimage focuses on one primary objective, that is to discover what it means to be Trinbagonian. It also incorporates a literal and figurative journey to discover a sense of nationhood and nation building. The production also takes a very close look at our social and political context of yesterday, today and the future.
Like the title says, we are on a pilgrimage and thus the show has been traveling to many places across Trinidad and Tobago. For each show we visit a different community that would share with us the values that they brought to this land. Each community has taken up the responsibility of dramatically representing their history and traditions that melds with the 1 hour production that we have created.
In this production there are four individuals that go by the name of pyong. Each one of them represent an ill of the society that is “Mauvais Langue”. After being accused and sent a way to discover their mother, who they say is the roots of the land, they set out on a journey to different communities in search of their mother. At each community they are set with real life challenges, that the pyongs have no idea what they would be. At our recent show in Waterloo, “Shooter Pyong” had to eat a red hot pepper with roti, in order to cleanse his body of beef, pork and other impurities to be accepted by the community that runs the Temple by the Sea. He of course, was sweating beads after he consumed it. These traditions presented by the communities show different values of Trinidad and Tobago, and in this quest to find what i really means, we would present them on our final shows at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts at the University of the West Indies.
PLEASE SAVE THE REMAINING DATES…. 8 shows… and 2 have already gone!
March 16 - Naparima Hill, San Fernando - 7 pm
March 18 - Temple in the Sea Grounds, Waterloo - 5 pm
March 23 - Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, Laventille - 7 pm
March 24 - Golden Lane, Tobago - 7 pm
March 25 - Pembroke Heritage Park, Tobago - 5 pm
March 30 - Calvary Hill, Arima - 7 pm
March 31 - DCFA, UWI - 7 pm
April 1 - DCFA, UWI - 5 pm
NO COST for performances March 16 - March 30.
The DCFA venue admission is Adults $50, UWI students/ NDATT MEMBERS $30, children $20
The role that I have in this production is the character Mamaguy. Mamaguy is considered the Big Fish of Mauvais Langue. He is without a doubt well aware of the happenings on all levels of the country. He is a thief, channeling money from the treasury through very close friends in the royal court. His hands are clean but is very well connected. Oddly enough Mamaguy enjoys dressing up as a woman. He prides himself because he looks sexy and enjoys the comfort that no one can tell him anything about it. He is the primary reason as to why Mauvais Langue is in a serious sense of despair.
Here are a few shots of the production at Naparima Hill where we visited the Warao community.
"Break a leg" is what they all say. I could have broken mine today. I have two productions coming up. One of which I am guaranteed to perform and the other I am still unsure of my role. The demands of theatrical work requires one’s will to execute full cardio work outs. I started training with one of my friends who is practically a shorter version of the blue beast from X-Men when it comes to exercising.
Today I busted my ass because of my utter blindness. There I was jogging around the field to the beats of Kes pulsating through my ears from my headphones. This was me:
"Baby wine up nah…..*pant pant pant*…. flex with precision…..*pant pant pant*"
Despite seeing the IRON small goal post that was pracitcally 2 and a half feet tall. I completely forgot that the damn thing was there after my first lap. I saw “the beast” came up next to me, not knowing that he was edging me to jump over the post while jogging. I was so occupied with kes at the moment, and before I knew it I toppled over and almost tangled myself like a contortionist between the small metal bars.
I did not get cut or anything, thank god, but I got a lash that I obviously would not forget. I am now nursing a blue and black mark along my shin bone. I have a towel wrapped around my leg, with a plastic bag of ice packaged in between. I am praying that I am not limping tomorrow, because limping is forbidden. I want to perform at my best in any of the theatrical roles given to me. Whether it be offstage or onstage.
I complained about this… so I guess the beast is gonna call me a pussy…. but say wah….. I complain about everything…. but then again say wah……is tumblr…..
Always looking at life,
Shahad the Sentinel
2012 is not getting off to much of an exciting start as I had originally anticipated. Its basically starting with overcast clouds and the chance of an isolated thunder shower.
I got results for two of my Theatre Arts courses. The grades do not really matter, because all I am concerned about is my GPA standing. The grades that I got for these two courses dropped my gpa by 0.1 points. I know its a little, but at the same time, its quite daunting for me as I await results for my environmental courses. I know to myself that I always put in much more work for my major as oppose to my minor, and after some predictive calculations I can assume it would raise by 0.2 points for the better, or 0.1 point for the worse. In the end I am finding peace in knowing that it would raise before the new semester beings.
The new semester beings this Wednesday, even though the university classes begin on the 23rd. I am to report for classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2pm-5pm. Its horrible I know. I would be honest I am not ready to go back to classes. These are the classes for production 2 for my theatre arts minor. After suffering from the least impressive grades in the department, the last thing I want to do is walk back in so soon. They really did not give me a sufficient period of time to fully catch myself from this small downfall.
I would have really appreciated if I had known about this before. They may have sent a verbal memo, but this department doesn’t use emails or online learning for anything. Its always word of mouth or notices on boards. Because I have to go to school early in the new year, I have to take time off from my part time job. Thus I would be losing $112.50 every week. Who the hell is going to reimburse me? There is no choice in the matter, because to be honest I cannot afford to not have a job right now. I have to get books, as well as pay for at least 3 carnival fetes that I MUST go to. I can’t afford to play Carnival on the road…. but I could very well afford to go at least one all inclusive :D
Ugghhhh…. Okay the upside to this is that these classes are rehearsals for our production in March. Next year marks the 50th Independence Anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago, and the production would be based upon this theme. We haven’t decided what our exact roles are, but I am hoping that I do not have to perform. I prefer to work on the production, rather than be on stage. The only reason that I want to work backstage, is because everyone wants to be an actor. Everyone wants to be a star. I personally am not for that. I would be just as proud to invite all my peers and tell them that I helped build this production and I would like them to come and see.
So yes next week is gonna be all about rehearsals and all that fun stuff… but $112.50? Dread I aint go lie… that go relll hut meh! Every cent counts with me. I am contemplating to only attend two classes per week to get the gist of everything. If all three classes are mandatory, then I would have to kiss that money goodbye.
I know part of my resolution is to have respect for the Arts, but having respect for the Arts is costing me dollars. I guess its a sacrifice that I would have to make….. bye bye vacation :(
Always looking at life,
Shahad the Sentinel
My award from the National Youth Action Committee for Theatre Production 2011…… yay me…. :)
To be named as one of the top 20 achievers/artists of Tomorrow by the National Youth Action Committee is indeed a humble honour. My day started off with a courtesy call to the Office of the President of Trinidad and Tobago, his excellency George Maxwell Richards.
I won the award for Theatre Arts Production stemming from the Theatre in Education work that I have been doing with EMA Youth Ambassadors. The recommendation was given by my affiliate, Trinidad Theatre Workshop. Of course, getting the congratulatory email was a shock, and definitely unexpected.
The awards ceremony does not take place till early December, however it seems that things are already happening with the courtesy call we had with the President of Trinidad and Tobago this morning.
To be absolutely truthful, I cannot believe that I have gotten an award that is fully endorsed by the head of state. It feels comforting to know that there is a youth organization recognizing the efforts that youths have been making in different fields. Among some of the more notable youths earning awards, include soca chutney star K.I Persad, Reggae artist Orlando Octave and Digicel Rising Star, Neval Chatelal.
Apart from the obvious honour, I am being awarded on the level as some of my most favourite musicians in the arts. It was actually quite odd, having Orlando Octave sit right next to me, visibly nervous with subtle laboured breathing. I thought I was nervous, but Orlando took the cake and the cake stand. K.I was actually coaxing him to say something. In the end all awardess did give their thanks and appreciation for the opportunities given to them.
There were also an avid film maker by the name of Nicholas Attin who is actually the first individual to create a feature film coming out of Trinidad and Tobago. Of course like any other artist in Trinidad and Tobago, he is struggling, but have a look at his trailer…. it is beyond impressive. Its a psychological thriller :)
I know I haven’t been myself lately, but today was really an uplifting experience, Even though I knew about this weeks before. I recently told my dean of Trinity College. The excitement and support was overwhelming, but he always means well.
Despite all the glamour of this upcoming awards show…. I am still stuck with exams…… time to get my head between the pages of a text book, and my hands on colourful flash cards :S
Always looking at life,
Shahad the Sentinel
Theatre History scares the hell out of me. Apart from the reason that I tend to do terrible in midterms and final exams, the philosophical theories tend to get overly exaggerated at times.
My last midterm was in Western Theatre History that covered such a wider range of philosophical topics that ultimately made me fail the midterm, but thankfully I was able to cram really hard and pass the final examination. I was able to suffice a C+ and to be completely honest…. I was extremely proud. :D
This semester I have undertaken the grueling task of doing Modern Theatre History. I like a challenge, a challenge that I can overcome. However my midterm is on Thursday and in essence ”my ass rel dark”. Not that I am completely unaware of what has happened in class, its just that their are finer details that can potentially tie me up.
We mostly focused on Realism and Naturalism and the dates span between 1850-1950. I’m honestly giving up on remembering too many dates. My dyslexic self would more than likely mix them up. I would however admit that we have looked at some extremely interesting authors, such as Anton Chekov, Henrik Isben and August Strienberg. All of them are brilliant writers in their own sense and I would admit I have varying levels of appreciation for each of them. What I can’t handle is the theorists.
Adolphe Appia and Gordon Craig essentially started experimenting with symbols and light, however they themselves have their own wide range of opinions. Looking at Eugene Scribe and the construct of a well made play with careful exposition seriously causes personal hibernation while revising their archaic time period.
I am about to attempt the impossible right now. I am going to try and recall Stanislavski’s 10 principles in the construct of his plays. Let’s go:
10.) Steuppppssss u does never remember d last one… let me check my book…ohhh Evaluations……
Now seriously do not ask me to define and explain in full length what each of these means. This is the University of the West Indies…. We are like birds that feed their young…. we regurgitate information to get marks…. We are at a lost when it comes to application, Ask me to put on a play using this system, and I have no idea where to start. Its the horrible but honest truth.
I hope to God I can suffice a passing grade. I honestly need an A for this course.
Always looking at life,
Shahad the Sentinel
Tis’was the definition of how my life should be. I was so ecstatic that all my tasks were centered around creative and artistic learning. I was happy. No labs, no numbers, just pure expressions. It was wonderful, and I wish I could relive today all over again.
Today I had a meeting with a volunteer group that I chose not to attend. Apart from the reasons of academic commitments, their monthly agenda has become generic and repetitive. Why must I subject myself to such monotony? Why must I put myself in a place where people do not want to progress, or for that matter have the discipline to progress. Attending that meeting would have disrupted all the happiness and glory that is filled within me now :)
I started my external Direction for one of my courses. I am directing scenes from Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie”. It is a very difficult play to direct, needless to say I am a bit worried, since it is my first try at any form of directing. It is also my first try at anything outside of environmental theatre, and as such I am intimidated quite a bit.
I must thank Stacy and Alexander who attached themselves quickly to the script, and they both seem rather comfortable with their roles. Before today I was in need of another actress, and that problem was resolved. Things flowed well at the first table read, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.
After rehearsals, I set my sights on my home, my sense of place… the place that made me realize that I could grace a stage if I wanted to…. Trinidad Theatre Workshop. My lecturer for Modern Theatre, Miss Belinda Barnes was acting as Nat in a Rabbit Hole. A play written by David Lindsay-Abarie.
It was such a moving play, that simply made my eyes wet. To see the pain that this family was going through, and the plethora of issues they had deal with. My heart when out deeply to Becca who had to deal with the lost of her 4 year old son, Danny. Her son was killed by a 17 year old boy by the name of Jason. You could imagine how laboured my breathing became, when I saw Jason and Becca coming face to face. It was touching, yet heart-wrenching to see the individual problems they both had to deal with, while still trying their best to maintain a very calm and collective social situation.
I ended the night with one drink of scotch, and I am now back home with numbers and scientific calculations related to toxicology. I know that I am suppose to be balanced, trying to become this Sciatarian (Scientist and Humanitarian)…… but I could not help but feel that this is where my heart and passion lies……. I really did live it today…….. and it was wonderful
Always looking at life,
Shahad the Sentinel
Nothing happens in Natural Sciences and Agriculture, but all of the sweet bachanal and drama happens under the Humanities faculty. Its not our fault that we do not have any kind of “rowdy” behaviour. We operate on fact, and being subjective with opinions is disallowed. As a matter of fact assumptions or anything of that nature, has no place in the world of science unless it is documented.
I walked into one of my theatre classes only to find myself in a very uncomfortable situation. Apparently those who are pursuing the major in Theatre Arts had gone on a field excursion to visit a festival of the Orisha faith. It was a feast of some sought, so all the students were highly exposed to different rituals, practices and beliefs. Of course all of them were prepped as to what to expect.
Understanding different cultures, and moving across those boundaries is what would make a great theatre arts student. I do not think its about compromising one’s own standards, but its about relieving yourself from ignorance and educating yourself to understand’s someone else’s view.
When I had walked into my theatre class, one of my fellow students was under heavy scrutiny by her classmates. She was being chastised for having utter disrespect during the festival. Most of the other students participated in some form or the other, whether it be clapping their hands or taking it upon themselves, to participate more actively in the festival. According to what the other students were saying, this particular classmate of ours, had a screwed face during the entire proceeding.
It was really disheartening, for the student was pushed to tears. My initial impression that this was girl was showing some subtle signs of xenophobia. I actually wanted to sympathize with her.
During the course of the class however, I had no intention of sympathizing with her, when I realized that she really is out to offend everyone.
Our class was discussing the concept that Trinidad and Tobago is dominated by an Afro Creole perspective. The class was more or less in agreement to the statement. We hold close to kaiso, calypso, the steelpan even African drums. They play crucial roles in the vibrant lifestyle that we live in Trinidad and Tobago. Our task was to discuss this concept in length and trying to determine our identity in our country that clearly has a multi-faceted background.
I was flabbergasted when this student stood up and disrespectfully stated that Africans have embraced Trinidad and Tobago as their home. The student went on to say that other ethnic groups associate themselves with their homeland, example east Indians to India. She then went on to state that she honestly thinks that all other ethnic groups in Trinidad and Tobago are renting space here in her opinion.
…… This was the part where I went WHAT THE FUCK? I doh want to go back to India! Trinidad and Tobago is my home.
Of course I did not say that. I simply raised up my hand and stated that she is ripping away my identity by making such a statement. Yes Trinidad and Tobago is dominated by an Afro Creole perspective, but that does that give you the right to say that no one else has a place here. I was even more so flabbergasted that she was unaware that there are some people of her own ethnic background with the intention of heading back to Africa. Hello… have you ever heard of Pan Africanism…. there is a reason why we do Caribbean Studies, so that people like you cannot boast of such utter ignorance.
I cannot help but say that I was deeply offended. Was she not in the same class last week when I as a Trinidadian of East Indian decent, raised my legs and danced to the sounds of African Drums. It is something that I conform to and something that I love to hear. It is a part of my culture and I do embrace it. I just cannot come to terms with how someone could be so closed minded. Its horrific!
I am not an Indian, I am a Trinidadian…… get with d ethnic programme!
Always looking at life,
Shahad the Sentinel