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Short Response for Jabbawockez Performance   Leave a comment

Acting or performing arts on the stage is not merely a play, because dancing, I think, is a kind of acting. A dance or a play performance has many similarities, so that it can be analyzed in the same way. Like the performance of Jabbawockez, a dancing band who win the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew, there are some aspects of dance performance which is also included on the play.

Different with play, dance sends its message by the choreography. Jabbawockez has many variations of choreography, including the collective movement and the individual movement. Generally, they dance in hip-hop style. Because they performance are purposed to get a heavy support from the audience, they need to make the crowd astonished. So, mostly on their performance they need to make a fast choreography to get rid of boredom. Also, they create much unique choreography, like performing one of the members as a stage property. In addition, they sometimes add a narrative story on their choreography and it is usually wrapped with a funny movement.

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Posted 14 September 2012 by Rizal in Essays

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Short Response for “Dutchman”   Leave a comment

When I first read Baraka’s play entitled Dutchman, the first thing I emphasized was the Clay character. Clay is characterized as a young, colored person from America. The name itself symbolizes the stereotyped name of slave in America, because it reminds me about Muhammad Ali who changed his name from its former name: Cassius Clay. He doesn’t want to be named ‘Clay’ because it is “a symbol of his ancestor’s enslavement” (Wikipedia, 2012). The name and the appearance of the person are so related with enslavement in America historically. Furthermore, the age of the character Clay which still young shows the stereotype of the slave which never grow old because they never get their civil right. The civil right, however, is given by the government or private organization to let the people participate in the civil and political activities.

However, the domination of Lula in the dialog represents the domination of the white people toward the colored people. The domination which hugely appears in the Scene I is presented by the innocence of Clay when he talked with Lula. Lula claims that Clay was staring at him through the window although Clay never did that. Also, the domination is presented by the number of times Lula makes lies to Clay. For example, when Clay asks her name, she answers it with “Lena the Hyena” which is not true. Also, Lula usually mocks Clay which shows that Lula is more powerful than clay in the dialogue. She utters the mocking by mentioning that “[y]our grandfather was a slave, he didn’t go to Harvard” (Baraka, 1980, p. 1901), for example.

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Posted 14 September 2012 by Rizal in Essays

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