El Infinito Silencio: I Attended a Play in Complete Darkness

Apr 30, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Claire Shrader_Buenos Aires_Headshot.jpgClaire Shrader is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Pre-Occupational Therapy major at Mississippi College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

\In this week's post, Claire attends a one-of-a-kind, comedic drama experience in complete darkness to celebrate her 21st birthday in Buenos Aires.

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This past week was my birthday. I could write a whole post about the experience of celebrating a birthday abroad, but in summary: it’s sad because you miss your family and weird because all of your normal birthday things like the vanilla sheet cake from the grocery store or normal sized birthday cards don’t exist here, and also wonderful because people still gather around you and sing “Feliz Cumple” over you and pull your ears 21 times for the 21 years you’ve been on this earth and dulce de leche covered cake is possibly an equal rival for the grocery store kind I love.

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Basically, it was different, as most things are when you spend a semester in another continent, but it was beautiful nonetheless. My U.S. friends Sophie and Ali decided to celebrate with me on Thursday night, and we went to see El Infinito Silencio, a comedic drama that tells the story of an Argentine family through the lens of one of the daughters, who is now an author and is writing out her family’s story. The plot was hilarious and moving, but what made this show really stand out wasn’t the family’s story or the fact that it was my first ever all-Spanish play.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Theater, Activities Abroad

Chasing Lecoq in Paris

Dec 6, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Thaddeus talks about the theater approaches formed by Jacques Lecoq and further explores its movement.

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I decided this week to expound a bit on my time exploring the old stomping grounds of Jacques Lecoq, the infamous teacher and movement philosopher in the world of theater. Lecoq's teachings are based on the idea of the poetic body, challenging you to let go of your analytical brain and follow the impulses of movement based on where your body takes you.

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That in itself sounds very poetical, and Lecoq's method attempts to take lyrical quality and put those ideas and metaphors into something with physical architecture.

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Examining Shakespeare in a U.S. Drama School and on London's Stages

Nov 22, 2017 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Thaddeus combines his theater training from the U.S. with his program in London and brings his performance to life at the Globe Theatre.

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My program at the University of Minnesota is a classical training program with a heavy focus on the works of Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Shaw.

One of the reasons we came to London is the opportunity to work with the Globe Theatre, and further examine the practices of bringing Shakespeare's text to an understandable performance on stage. Our sophomore year focused heavily on technique with Shakespeare's text. Now in our junior year, the Globe's education program has been giving us the opportunity to bend and stretch those techniques to make the text more interpersonal and simple on stage, while still holding on to the core techniques that allow us to break down Shakespeare's logic.

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Posted in: London, England, Theater, Classes in London

My Experience as a Theater Student in London

Nov 20, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Maureen is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Maureen gets interviewed by her CAPA professor of theater Mike Punter on how this London experience will impact her art form.

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Thanks Maureen!

Maureen's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA London Program

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Posted in: London, England, Theater, London Interview

My Route to See Ink at West End

Oct 25, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Thaddeus attends James Graham's "Ink" in London's West End and shares his analysis of the play.

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Since I have the opportunity in London to see so much great theater, I thought I would share my thoughts on the recent production of James Graham's "Ink" playing at the Duke of York's Theater on the West End.

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Now of course before you set out on your West End adventure, you have to take in some of the local sights and spots for pre-show strolling and more importantly, eating!

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Posted in: London, England, Theater

Getting Out of London to Greater England

Oct 18, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Thaddeus is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A BFA major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Thaddeus explores cities and towns outside of London and visits William Shakespeare's childhood home and grave.

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I have had the opportunity to travel a bit more outside of London to the greater parts of the U.K. such as Bath, Brighton, Stratford Upon Avon, and Oxford—both through CAPA and my own interest!

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Getting to explore greater England has been a very interesting way to experience U.K. culture and the less fast-paced urban life. These areas are also deeply rich with history that dates back to monumental eras of human cultural heritage.

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Posted in: London, England, History Abroad, Theater

Theater in the City: An Interview with My Professor

Jul 28, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_CorissaWurth_London_Headshot.pngCorissa is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Psychology major at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Corissa interviews the professor for her Theater in the City Class, Michael Punter.

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Thanks Corissa!

Corissa's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: London, England, Theater

A Review of London Theater Productions

Mar 15, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Courtney Manning Profile Square.jpgCourtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Courtney talks about theater culture in London and they plays she's gotten to see thus far on her program.

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One of my favorite things about London is the rich theatre and arts culture here. I’ve already seen a lot of famous plays here including The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’m also seeing Phantom of the Opera very soon, as CAPA offered us very cheap tickets for this play.

For one of our classes, we got to see an incredible production called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and through an event that I worked for my internship I was able to see an amazing and controversial excerpt from a play called Homegrown, which is about a friendship between a terrorist suspect and a writer and was cancelled two weeks before its opening night due to external pressures such as local authorities and police getting involved.

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