Are you sure, it was here

March 2015
Frascati 4 • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
h. 20:00


but while defaults ended up in loneliness
to me it all rather looked like a bush.
Why lonely, why not alone?
Trying to connect when all you know is that 

you don't know, that you don't understand.
But leaving was no option, for bodies spoke
what words left empty.
What is we stay here?
We might pass into oblivion
and then we could explain.
I drifted off, the only thing left being a willow.
But where were the leaves?
"Are you sure, it was here"
 
The third year students at the Modern Theatre Dans Department of the Amsterdam School of the Arts have researched and worked together to create this performance. Subjects like lexical gaps, communication and misunderstanding have become the foundations of the work and a vision for the piece. The result is everything that came together in this performance, showing
all the facets of what the dancers encountered during this process.
 
choreography by MTD 3 Students
performers MTD 3
 

Music Deals with Emotions

Can music create a state of mind and is this for all ages the same or are there differences?

For this experiment I choose some of my friends and family members to listen  to different kinds of music styles. After each song they had to rate their emotion with an emoticon.
From the test I did on people in all age categories,
I can conclude there is a difference between fast and slow beats. Fast beats give the person energy and fun, but sometimes also a feeling of destress and confusion. This has partly to do with how fast the beats are and if they are regular or not. Irregularity has a very strong influence on the emotional rating of the music. Most of my candidates listen to music to relax and a regular beat goes along with that. It has a sense of recognition, compassion and tranquility. Irregular beats generate only restlessness, confusion, unpredictability and many questions. Some of the candidates react to irregular beats with a laugh. This mainly has to do with the fact they find this difficult to listen to. Also the pitch and the use of voice has a lot to do with the unrest that is generated by some songs. If shrill voices or tones are used with a very high frequency they are mostly linked to fights and argument what is unpleasant. In contrast to fast beats, slow beats generate more the feeling of boredom, calm and sleepless. Their thoughts are piece full and many of the candidates thought about other things listening to the songs. The state of mind changes to relaxation.
How the candidates reacted on the songs was also influenced by their own music preference. It is very obvious that everything went approximately  in the same direction. Already proven by Plato and Socrates we conclude slow beats give the listener peace and fast beats give them energy. 
From this study I can conclude kids are more expliciet with showing their emotions then the adolescents and grownups. Also kids around ten and younger have difficulties expressing their emotions in words. They mostly react with 'nice' and 'not nice. But this has to restore to development of their own opinion. Often they say the opposite of what they show, because they want tot do well for the test. While the test will always be done well in giving an honest opinion.'