Still photo from the video “Elastic Heart,” by Australian recording artist Sia. The song was produced in 2013 for the soundtrack to the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Many points of view were articulated during spirited conversation about the song, the video, and its meaning. Viewing the Sia video, how did the movements impact your interpretation of the piece? Feel free to watch it again, here. After a second viewing, what is a gesture you notice from the video and what is the impact or relevance of this gesture? How do the common place movements we use in every life become new and different in the context of this video? How does the casting choice of Shia LeBouf and Maddie Ziegler affect your interpretation of the piece? Feel free to incorporate any background information you have about these performers into your interpretation. How is the content in this piece connected to other works of art we have viewed this semester.
Instructor Melissa Sparks discussed the origins of theatre in Ancient Greece, and how Greece developed forms of spectacle including as well, athletic competitions. Spectacle was, as we’ve seen, perfected later on by the Romans. Lysistrata is one of many Greek plays, but one with special resonance today because of the powerful feminist message in the story. Lysistrata is a comedy with a message: an early look at how the sexes might interact with one another in a society largely controlled by men. The drawing above is a recent one used to advertise a production of this ancient play. You should not read into it anything about the Greeks of 2,500 years ago! In Ancient Greece, theatre and performance was an important part of their culture. Today, many do not attend the theatre. How and why has our culture changed? In your hometown, what has replaced theatre as the event that everyone attends or participates in? Be specific.
Still photo from the video Polianot. We had a brief visit with Adi Paz, talking from a cafe in Tel Aviv. What is your impression of Adi Paz and her work? What seems especially of interest to you in her video Polianot – and why? You may also comment on the quick look we had at her upcoming dance POST-IT, that takes on the issue of sexual harassment – a problem in Israel and throughout the Middle East, just as it is in the U.S.
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