Video Posting as part of Course blogging

We’ve been asked by Vanderbilt Communications to video document our trip for potential used in promotional materials around the new Immersion initiative.  So, consider using video for your blog posts (we will talk more about this in London).  Here are some tips from Amy Wolf, the senior video producer in that office:

  • Hold your phone horizontally; that way it will fill up the video screen.
  • Hold your shot for several seconds without moving around too much; too much movement can be disorienting.
  • Ask each other questions about one of our performances or experiences, or turn the camera to selfie mode to capture your own experience. Some possible questions:
    • Why did you decide to join the Maymester?
    • What are your goals for the trip?
    • What’s been your favorite experience so far?
  • Don’t feel like you have to be a professional; just shoot things that inspire you (they will edit the material). The more the better!
  • Also post photographs; again, the more the better!

Theatre and the Global Economy

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In a little over two weeks, our group departs for London to begin a month studying contemporary performance in the U.K., and I’m struck by the number of new works we’ll be seeing that ask audiences to reflect on questions of globalization and the global economy.

Witness The Lehman Trilogy, currently running in New York, but returning to the London stage in time for us to see it on May 27th.  Today’s New York Times finds the irony in a play about “money and decline” fetching such large ticket prices, such that only the wealthy can comfortably attend: see “‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and the Theater of the Absurdly Rich.”

As we will be well into our discussions about nationality and spectatorship by this point in our Maymester, it will be interesting to think about our own identifications as Americans watching this story amidst the global, but largely British, spectatorship at the National Theatre.

-C.E.

(another interesting take on the New York production from FORBES, and another from Judith Miller, writing from TABLET)