Arty much?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 18:04
Posted in category Academia, Connexions, Randomness

EDIT// Changed the layout because I was getting fed up with the cross-compatibility biz. Additionally, coding seems to like screwing with my head – I can design, yes; but coding (for WP) is a pain. -_- I’ll relearn, of course; but I’ve got other fish to fry. //END EDIT

First off, I’ll start by saying this – I would never agree to meet someone online unless I’ve been great friends with them for aeons. More so if that someone’s posing as a stranger and begging for a meeting, when he/she is in fact just a dorm mate mucking about. “Infatuation” just won’t cut it either.

That aside, let’s move on. The annual Queen’s Visual Arts (Quartz) festival has just ended for the year 2008. It’s my 2nd one since I’ve been at this school, and I must say that while the last one was a bit “bleh” (nothing THAT stand-out-ish), this year’s Quartz festival was well interesting – needless to say, I went to a lot more of the shows on display!

I’ll summarize it so you know – the Quartz festival is a 2-week (somewhat) long period where an art-related show is given at my school every evening – it could be a comedian today, a dance troupe tomorrow, an orchestra the day after, yada yada. Last year, I only went to 1) a poetry recital by Matt Harvey and 2) a 5-man act taking on Thomas Hardy’s “Far From The Madding Crowd”. And that’s only because they were tutor/class trips; the other events didn’t catch my eye.

This year? I was at – uh, let’s see…
1) Dyin 2 B Drunk (an urban-dance theatre piece about the effects on alcohol on teens),
2) Orchestra West (need I say more?),
3) Rock Night (self-explanatory too),
4) Tom Poster (a piano recital – the guy is AMAZING!),
and finally, 5) Potted Potter (seven potter books in seventy minutes with a bunch of humour!)

I won’t bore you to death, so I’ll just give you a quick review of what happened.

Dyin 2 B Drunk// This was done by a small dance company called Pretty Good Girl; 4 performers with a couple’o other stage/tech hands, and mostly female. The dance was, er, pretty good on the whole; but as it is, I usually find modern dance a bit of a toughie to digest. However, I thought they did really good trying to portray the whole “this is your brain on alcohol…!” thing. But that’s just me. :P

Orchestra West// Kinda “forced” to attend by Mr Quick, our Music Director, since I was in the GCSE Music class (yes, all 10+ of us HAD to attend…he even booked our tickets and said “right, YOU’RE turning UP!” 0_0) It wasn’t too bad, though – the soloist in the Samuel Barber violin concerto just made our jaws drop (in a good way!) Literally.

Rock Night// Now I’m no fan of rock; J-rock being the only exception. But I thought I’d go to it this year as it’s a highly-popular event since Quartz started about 3-4 years ago. Well, it was nothing to scream about (no pun intended), but two out of the three bands that played were actually really good – they were our school’s band fronted by some guy named John Neil (I know the other 3 members better, ehe. xD), and an upcoming band called Cassie and the Cassettes. The latter (CATC) weren’t exactly rockin-out rock, more like alternative, feel-good iPod material; so it’s a shame that quite a few walked out of the hall then – but I thought they were great. In fact, their manager (read: my friend’s brother) told us that they’re releasing something soon – fingers crossed!

Tom Poster// Word was that this pianist was at Quartz 2 years ago, and now he’s back with a new repertoire for his Quartz 08 recital. Well, again, it was another “MUST COME” order by Mr Quick, but I won’t deny that they guy was AMAZING. Especially during his end piece, which, although a bunch of atonality (I don’t like atonal music 0_0), showed just how much of a virtuoso he is. I also realised that one of the songs he played was in our GSCE Music syllabus – one of the songs we were supposed to have learnt about. :P

Potted Potter// Oh. Hot. Damn. (No, this isn’t my jam…:P) These guys – Dan and Jeff – are actually the win; seven Potter books in 70 minutes, and the gags are to die for! There’s a lot of variety – dance, song, parody (“no, not WARTHOGS!” “Oh, you can’t have Harry Potter without his magical wardrobe!”) and hey, there’s even a Quidditch game for the audience to join along! If you do go and see these guys, you will absolutely LOVE it. Last I checked, they’re still touring England. Dan and Jeff also have a new show called Potted Pirates – I’d love to see what they’ve done with the tales of Blackbeard and Jack Sparrow. Believe me, I was wetting myself with laughter when I was watching the show with my friends. THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH. :P


And there you have it. My view on the school’s Visual Arts Festival this year – let’s hope next year will have some good (if not better) events!

P.S.// Stay tuned for the next post – teaser clues include “what if”, “football”, “Beckham”, and “mix up”. :P

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4 Responses to “Arty much?”

  1. Nelson says:

    October 30th, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Whoa, Ariane! Can’t believe it took me this long to find your blog. You didn’t leave any URL when you left a comment in my blog y’know. Hehe.

    Darn, Design Disease did another great work of art in this theme. I agree! Coding a WordPress theme can totally twitch your head inside out. I had many giving-ups then… T_T

  2. Michael says:

    November 4th, 2008 at 2:04 am

    That sounds like a lot of fun! I wish one of my schools would have orchestrated such an event!

    P.S. I like the new look.

  3. Rachel says:

    November 11th, 2008 at 2:02 am

    This layout is awesome :)
    I wish I could use WordPress for my blog, it seems great – but it totally confuses me (installation at least) and i don’t think my host would allow it.

    Quartz Festival sounds fun! Enjoy!!

  4. Azreen says:

    November 21st, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Wow! Quartz sounds so awesome I wish I could’ve been there! I like the new look, it’s really cute and lively.