Outside of their content, most theater productions are predictable. The thick, wine-red curtain emits enormous quantities of dust, illuminated by glaring spotlights and glittering costumes. Stage managers hide the cast behind smoke and mirrors; stiff, immaculately applied makeup and a delicately structured set and plot. The performers have a purpose: to provide audience members with an escape from reality by immersing them in a more thrilling realm of time and space. Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (TML), created in 1988 Chicago by Greg Allen, is an attempt to treat theater as a blunt, satirical, and heartbreaking interpretation of the here and now. The performers are themselves, genuine and blatantly honest. [click to continue….]
Since Africa was an amazing play that I recommend to everyone. It’s a very thoughtful play that speaks on the topics of love, heritage, religious views, and American and African culture. [click to continue….]
The staff at ArtsConnection is taking its day job into evenings of theater! Check out Diane Exavier, Teen Reviewers and Critics Program Manager, share her thoughts on TYSON vs. ALI, currently playing at 3-Legged Dog.
TYSON vs. ALI, a new media production playing right now at 3-Legged Dog, is a physical, multi-sensory experience that takes the audience through a fight for the ages.
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We’re highlighting some of our most interesting events, reviews, and projects from last fall’s Teen Reviewers and Critics Program. Check out one of Media TRaC’s projects from December 2013. And don’t forget, applications for the Spring 2014 semester of TRaC are due FEBRUARY 16. Apply online HERE and check out our website for more details.
This past fall, our first ever Media TRaC, in partnership with Sony Wonder Technology Lab, spent the semester experiencing and experimenting with multimedia and digital art. Somewhere along the way, they realized they had a few important questions to ask. Using Zeega, a new interactive web platform that enables users to combine media from the “cloud,” members of Media TRaC collected their thoughts on art, artists, and audiences in a cool and exciting visual way. [click to continue….]
As we get ready for the Spring 2014 Teen Reviewers and Critics Program, we’re taking a look back at some of the fall’s most interesting reviews and events. Here’s Pedro on Mellow High at the Gramercy Theatre. Don’t forget to check out the TRaC website for more information on this spring’s upcoming program!
Mellow High. The name alone might give you some indication of what this hip-hop trio is known for. Waiting in line for this concert, I really didn’t know what to expect. Considering it was my first time viewing a live hip-hop performance, I was filled with skeptical interest. Skeptical because I’ve never heard of this group before, which is composed of Odd Future member rappers Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats and producer Left Brain. Yet, I was enticed by the promise of a weird and fun experience.
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Last fall, Dance TRaC saw a number of spectacular performances, including the Houston Ballet at the Joyce Theater. Check out Treasure’s review and visit the TRaC website for more information about applying this spring!
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The Brooklyn Museum displays an extensive show of Jean Paul Gautier’s work. This breathtaking exhibition lasts until February 3rd and is undoubtedly worth the small price one must pay. The show thrills and enthralls by creating a space and feeling of energy. Each room tells a story of a different time period and effectively portrays Gautier’s message and style. Gautier has a genuine and blithe nature to him that many other high-end designers lack. His sincere disposition is made evident when you see a tiny paper cone bra adorning a darling, small teddy bear. Gautier sweetly crafted the bear’s bra at an early age illustrating his innate sense of fashion. The cone bra would later become a monumental image for pop culture. [click to continue….]
Has anyone been punched in the stomach recently? If you have, there’s a good chance you attended the Mellowhigh concert in December at Irving Plaza. For those of you who don’t follow Odd Future’s every move, you’ve probably never heard of Mellowhigh. A small group of Odd Future members, it consists of Left Brain, Hodgy Beats, and Domo23. Relatively new, this is their first tour and they are performing their first album, released this Halloween. Less of an eff-the-world attitude than their work with Odd Future, Mellowhigh songs still maintain a relaxed adolescent view on the world. [click to continue….]