Good Life Performance Mallika Bhatta - IUF1000 Section 0843

Myself in the front of the Audience

The Spatial Experience: My experience of the physical setting of the theatre was great. When I entered the building or auditorium, my feelings were impressed. The auditorium looked beautiful. My seat location was the second row and right in the middle, which made my experience amazing. Being so close felt like I was in the show. I could hear and see everything perfectly fine. When the lights dimmed and the audience quieted at the beginning of the show, I was excited to see the story and what will happen. Since I was sitting in the very front, I couldn't see the exact size of the auditorium, but there were a lot of people. The role of place in the Good Life is to go with the flow and enjoy the show. This show had many themes that go with the good life and was hard to follow. Also, based on where one is sitting in the audience, he/she gets a different experience of the show and the themes of Good Life. For example, I was sitting so close that I could understand the story-line, dialogues, and themes much better than someone sitting all the way in the back.

My Friend and I waiting in line

The Social Experience: My experience of attending the performance with friends and strangers was a lot of fun. I attended the performance with my roommate. To get ready for the performance, I took a nap ahead of time so I can enjoy the show well enough. We also dressed up decently for the show. Attending with friends enhanced my experience as we get to watch the show and talk about it together and analyze it together. The role of shared experiences in the Good Life is enhanced by going to the performance with friends. All of us are on the same page together and watching the show for the same reason. After and throughout the show, my friends and I tried to analyze the theme and symbolism in the show as well. In the end, it was a fun show and experience.

Me Waiting for the Show to Start

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The performance helps me develop a new way of seeing and understanding our own culture after watching and analyzing the themes of the show. The time and place of the story is 1905 in Quebec City. The central issues addressed in the performance were human rights, poverty, feminism, child labor, religion, etc. Before attending the performance, I knew about the subject matter that it is based on a true story about social oppression, media, moral and ethical obligations, the truth, etc. This performance changed my views about all these issues described in the performance. We should definitely help out those in poverty and not just take their work for granted. Also, children do not deserve to be working in factories. Many people have various rights and obligations that are not respected or understood and we must do something to change that. The subject matter does have a relationship to my mother country India as there are many that suffer poverty, child labor, human rights, and social oppression there as well.

My Friends and I after the Show

The Emotional Experience: "As Dr. Pagán explains in her online lectures on the Antigone, theatre presents “topics that are socially uncomfortable, politically contentious, religiously irreverent, or culturally radical.” Theatre “gives the audience an opportunity to look at itself to examine its less-than-noble qualities and in the process to ‘come clean’ about what it means to be human and to be happy.” Katharsis is the Greek word for process of “coming clean.”" "The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt" provides us an opportunity for katharsis by clearly introducing us to cultural and intellectual social topics that have occurred during the 20th century and also occur now. After watching the show and understanding the topics and the lives that many people face, it makes us want to make a change in the world. We see what others face and enhances us to do something to change or fix the oppression, poverty, human rights, etc. We also realize that even though many face these issues, they know how to be happy, so we should be grateful for what we have.

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The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt

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