Of your presence
In my soul
Of your presence
In my soul
Time consu-me(s) the lag between our eyes.
I am riding home. The same armadillo I saw two days before was still on the side of the street, lying dead. Flies were still devouring the muddy meat. I wait for the light. My windows are always wide open. I don’t like when my hair covers part of my glasses, but I love the wind blowing in my face. I had one earphone on, and automaticaly turned the mp3 player off when the smell invaded the car. I made the turn the same way I always do, stepping the accelerator to get to the comfortable 40 mph in the least amount of time. I already know the timing of all the lights, and although I should be able to go through all of them without stopping untill I’m home, as it is noon, I’ll have to use my breaks. The sun is perfectly warm. I long for this familiar, known path. I long for the same things I see everyday and the novelties that show up. I feel home when I’m going. Around me, from behind tinted windows, a red-haired girl is doing her make-up, an old guy is slowly talking to his grandson, a couple is fighting, and a teen is talking on the cell phone with tears in his eyes. None of them would notice the armadillo. Or the sun. Or the wind. Yet, I look at them, my ephemeral neighbors, and truly enjoy their unconscious company. I only wish I could tell them about the poor animal. And the sun. And the wind.
On July 24th, at 7:30pm, the Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble was beginning its 5th performance, and there were no more seats available for a reason: the dedication and enthusiasm were palpable and contagious. The group, which embraced students from different grades, interpreted Two Gentlemen of Verona, a play by Shakespeare, in a very creative and innovative way. The director, Amy Waguespack, warned the spectators of their involvement, from the posters to the set, they’ve lent themselves to the whole creative process of the play. Exploring different qualities of theatre together with a global and dynamic culture resulted in a play that didn’t simply read Shakespeare, but re-wrote it. The music being played by an ipod, the girl with a camera following the characters, Launce’s iphone, and the film projections were some of the elements that added a contemporary ambiance. Although most of the original lines and language were used, the contrast it created between those and the outfits and setting gave a fresh aura to Shakespeare.
The duality of the script, which privileges dialogues between two characters, was treated in a picturesque manner by the young group. The main themes, namely friendship versus love, pinning love versus romantic love, and reason versus love, were made into a visual feature. The actors used two entrances; the right hand side was Julia’s, and the left hand side was Silvia’s; the middle embraced both the tension between the extremities and the final resolution. The scenario and the dynamics of the play built the tension between the themes through the contrasting colors on the stage and the outfits, the repeating spots scenes alluding to specific topics took place, and the division of the stage in two separate platforms. This created a pattern for the themes that gave freedom to the performance to add insights of personality traits.
The cast was organized in a way each character had echoes of its own desires, thoughts and whims reflected by the accompanying crews. Valentine’s colors were lighter, and he wore read paints that mingled with the red floor, whereas Proteus, all in black, didn’t seem to belong anywhere. When Julia dresses as Sebastian, her outfit matches those of Proteus’ followers. Silvia had a high positioned chamber, and looked very secure and comfortable in her flat shoes. On the other hand, Julia had a hard time with her extremely high heel shoes and her outfit was somewhere between chique and misfashioned. These details created a depth to the plot, sketching Valentine as a down to earth, just and honorable man; Silvia as a court lady, elegant and stand-offish; Proteus as inconstant and somewhat rebel; and, finally, Julia as an instable and passionate woman. The first couple was a picture of love, the second, of passion.
The switching between performance and video also contributed to this construction of layers. While the video addressed an almost blunt reading of the script, its addition as an interactive media allowed new meanings and dialogues with the English culture of the 21st century to be raised. Along with that, the talent show and the final musical performance with the whole cast added an American flavor. This collage of influences and values is of the utmost importance to reading literary works, what turns texts into works of art is the constant dialogue with readers. The Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble went further and rewrote it; in doing so, they created a new story, a new source of inspiration.
Trying to survive the end of summer school and packing.
Packing is an art… all you need in 70 pounds.
I have to sit down and figure out better and cheaper ways to transport stuff. This airplane-one-luggage-per-costumer is totally insane.
My brain is totally melting, I want to be a vegetable for a while, but I just can’t – or shouldn’t.
I packed and re-packed my carry-on, my luggage, my back pack and my extra luggage several times, but things insist in not fitting. Studying takes up a lot of space… I’m longing for the day they will have all books online. One of my bags is all books and shoes. I want to take presents to everybody, and that’s half an extra bag… I’ll end up taking just one dress, one underwear and a pair of socks. Who needs clothes?
I’m going to a play, maybe after that I can make more sense, and write something decent.
I’m writing a final project for one of my classes and it is already 17 pages long…
Miss you readers! Love you much! Sorry for being a nerd-vegetable lately!