Monday, May 29, 2017

A Theatre Festival Reflection...

Decisions Devising, and Rehearsal
     When I first heard that I was going to perform our devised piece in the theatre festival this May, I was a little confused. My initial thoughts included questions like will people understand it? , what does this even mean? and is this even theatre?, but I soon realized that the interpretative-ness of the piece is what made it fit perfectly into the theatre festival– it's what made it work for the audience.
     We started the process really simple: we each picked an abstract image that we liked, and we brought that to class. The point of the abstract image was so that we were left wondering what the image is telling us. In class, we analysed them all and showed what it could mean to us and what questions arose from the images, and then we went ahead and started to reenact the images. Gradually we added transition movements and sounds. Right about the middle of the process, we were each tasked to come up with a fitting story to our movements and sounds. Finishing touches like background music was added, and finally we decided on the order and practiced the piece.
Some of the strengths that the team had, was that we each put ourselves into the story; we each added our only little toch to the piece so that it would become diverse, interesting, and "our own". As an actor in it and (probably) as an audience member, the variation that each person brought to the unified piece shone through and enhanced the piece.
     A problem that the team encountered, was being on the same page with things. Some members would be on the story writing process while others were forgetting movements. Although it didn't impact the process that much, it was still something that was unnecessary, as it took away from practice time. The way it was solved was that if you didn't finish something, you had to do it at home. If it still wasn't done, then it was done in class, and the team waited by practicing individually. I think that that would be something that I would change in the process; just making sure we're all ready to move on to the next step.

Your Performance
     I think the performance went quite well; there weren't any major slip ups or people forgetting things. I think everyone felt prepared and confident in doing it. I know that when I perform, I don't really think about it that much, as if I'm floating between my movements and sounds, and it was nice to perform something again. The group did great as well, and I think that the performance was one of our best ones yet, due to our concentration and readiness.
     When I did my moves, I did them exactly how I practiced them, but I think I could have added more energy to them. Perhaps I could have been more jerky and sharp so that the movements stand out and are clear to the audience.
     Something that I think I did well, was that my sounds and movements were diverse, which I think caused a story to form. I started with simple but bold movements, then I became louder and more energised, and then I calmed down and returned to the 'beginning'. I also think that the movements and sounds were clear and audible to the audience, which is always important in theatre.

Festival Reflection Understanding and Realisations
     As a whole, the festival was really interesting. There were pieces showed from a wide range of ages, type, and skill, which was great to see.
     An act that stood out to me, was Why? by Sofia and a few other sophomore girls. It was about this girl who was going through simple actions, and these three ghosts from her mind kept asking her questions and critiquing her on her decisions. The issues present in the piece were body image, societal standards, our insecurities and negativity that we direct towards ourselves. When I was watching the piece, it really hit me. As as spectator, I can easily say that it was well crafted and that it really made me think about myself and the people around me. As an actor, the strongest and most powerful parts were aspects like tone of voice and facial expressions. I could see that exaggeration and being very dramatic really strengthens the piece. Overall, the piece was very well done, and it even made me cry while watching it.
     Some realisations that I came away with from the festival, is that theatre is so vast and everything can be interpreted in completely different ways. Like the 3 Truths piece by the IB Theatre class, you could conclude that the same dialogue can be completely different simply depending on the way it is acted out. All in all, the festival was really great to watch and be a part of, and I'm looking forward to next year!

Monday, May 15, 2017

French Revolution Mini-Essay Tips

What do you need to do in order to be successful with your French Revolution mini-essay?

In order to be successful with my French Revolution mini-essay, in each paragraph, I need to start with a strong claim that is clear to the reader and will tell them what I'm going to talk about and what my stance is on the question. Then I wil use my background knowledge as well as direct information from the sources I receive. The information I use is purposeful and acts as evidence to support my claims. Then, I'm going to explain the evidence, going beyond surface thinking to describe what it means and how it is important to the claim. The next step is to think SO WHAT? Why does the evidence and the analysing I just did matter to my question? To the world? To history? I'm going to push myself to go even further in my analysation. Once that has been complete, I will write a short conclusion to wrap up and conclude my thoughts on the question.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Menina ou Menino?

O artigo.
Por isso, discutir gênero nas escolas é importante e urgente: afinal, o papel do ambiente escolar não é somente preparar os alunos para provas e vestibulares, mas também promover a cidadania e a responsabilidade social para professores, coordenadores, funcionários, alunos e suas famílias.
Sem dados, sem estatisticas, eu sei por certeza que meninas são iguais com meninos. Por isso que eu concordo completamente com o perspetivo do autor. Ele escreveu sobre igualdade e unidade entre gêneros, e como que a gente pode chegar até lá. No passado, o mundo social era muito differente. Hoje, algumas pessoas não querem esquecer o machismo do passado, mas com essas ideas de machismo, a gente nunca vai combater o desigualdade de gênero. Tem divisões desigual de tarefas domésticas, tem machismo na educação que afeta o desenvolvimento das meninas, e tantos outras coisas que deixam meninas abaixo de meninos. E, mesmo como que o autor acha, eu acho que isso é ridículo. E como o título do artigo, a gente tem que discutir mais sobre gênero e o que isso significa no mundo. Sem discutir, as problemas vão continuar no mundo, e meninas vão perder chances e oportunidades no mundo. Sem discutir, os conservadores, os machismos, nunca vão entender outros perspectivas sobre gênero. Educar-se sobre este conceito fundamental, a igualdade de gênero, é uma das coisas mais importante no mundo.
Então, escolas, vamos discutir?