GOOD LIFE PERFORMANCE THE DIVINE: A PLAY FOR SARA BERNHARDT BY julia goetz

The Spatial Experience: This was the first time I had ever been to the Constans theater, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it. I sat front and center, which made it easy to feel encapsulated by the performers. When the lights dimmed and the audience quieted I was ready for the play to start. I enjoy watching plays, so when the lights finally dimmed I was super excited! The size of stage was perfect and there were enough seats to make it feel personal. Part of attaining the Good Life is feeling safe where you are and being able to not have to think about anything negative. It is extremely important to be comfortable being yourself regardless of who is around you.
The Social Experience: I went to the play with a large group of friends that are also taking Good Life. Going to the play with my friends enhanced my experience because I was able to share the experience with people I am close to and we were able to talk about everything afterward. Shared experiences is an important part of the Good Life because I believe it is necessary to have strong relationships with others in order to reach The Good Life. The Good Life is about being happy and I think that a big part of being happy is having special people in your life to share enjoyable experiences with.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: This performance in particular helped me develop a new understanding of the different views of the social classes in Quebec a little over a century ago. The play was placed in December of 1905 and the main issue addressed in the performance was the division between church and state as well as the lack of understanding between the poor and the wealthy. Before the performance, I knew that in the early 20th century there was a great division between the working class and the rich. I also knew the power that the church had in peoples everyday lives. The play did not change my perspective on these views, rather it reinforced what I knew about the class system. The subject of the play did not have a direct relationship with something in my life, however, it is pertinent to how I view social classes. In my opinion whether a person is rich or poor they should be treated as equals.
The Emotional Experience: The Devine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt gives us an opportunity for katharsis, or "coming clean", because it allows us to better see the flaws of society. This play brought to mind how the church and state should be separate entities. The play portrayed the issue of the combination of Church and State. Throughout the play, the actors portrayed parts that demonstrated how one should not act. For example, the "most enlightened" people acted corrupt by not following their rules and trying to manipulate people. This performance conveyed the social and cultural dilemmas that occurred during the early 1900s and how corrupt society can be.
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