The fourth lesson of My CP

This is the lesson where we started playing with the idea of having the money strangle me, and moving onto other characters that were overcome by money in different ways. We also started discussing the techno side of the project. We decided to use blackouts and a bit of stop motion, showing us going between stills to show my death. We also started discussing the types of backing tracks we would have and I told the group members about my idea for having a layering of voices speaking about the different topics as we wouldn’t speak during the actual performance. We also discussed projecting onto the screen or us different images pertaining to the issue.

Then we started talking about the need to have another cool visual. So, we played around and eventually got to the idea of this:

We played around with rippling the fabric and different positions but this was our favorite visual. As usual we’re not solid on what the meaning is. However, it’s an interesting visual. We then transitioned the visual by folding the sheet into a screen, and put Kate in the front. I then had the idea of putting someone behind the screen to be a sort of monster or “control” Kate. We ended up with this visual:

Kate and Andrea then worked on movements that transitioned from fear of the power of Andrea and the sheet, into a sort of curiosity and control. This also separates Andrea, and through the use of the sheet kind of can make her seem more part of the sheet as she embodies power and money. They continued and played with the idea of Kate taking the sheet from all of us like I had in the first practice. 

Of course Kate was doing this all while under the control of Andrea which upon reflection provokes some interesting thought processes. Are we ever really in control of our desires? We then wanted something striking to show Kate finally taking it from all of us, and given the silence we already had, Andrea had the idea of a clap which is simultaneous with Kate taking the sheet.



The third lesson of my CP

That lesson we didn’t have as much time as we had in other practices and mostly worked on an idea for how I would grow after my “death by sheet”. I had the idea that we could have me have breaths almost mimicking the heartbeat in the beginning, eventually coming out of the way I was buried, but instead getting put in “shackles” by the sheet.

We spent most of the lesson playing with a movement where Kate and Bailee would move in a circle around me, while holding the sheet, kind of like the hands of a clock. I would be dragged by the sheet in a circle.

Once again it was mostly about the aesthetic and the movement, but we figured it could be representative for the passage of time and how money or riches or greed had so much power over me that it controlled me for several cycles.

The Second practice of my CP

That lesson we played around a little more with the idea of walking on the sheet, and eventually decided to use the idea of actually using the the sheet as a screen and we played with idea of having shadows behind it.

We thought it had a good aesthetic. It’s very interesting but we didn’t really think of a strict meaning for it. However we did keep using the idea of columbian hypnosis, and we thought maybe it could somehow have some sort of meaning to do with how I’m drawn by money etc… However, eventually I get buried by money or riches, showing how it overcame me.

I get buried by the sheet, and Andrea controls the burying of me in said sheet. We then had an idea about how we could start off the performance keeping the idea of the sheet on the ground, and instead making movements like a heart beating behind it. Mostly we’ve been working on visuals and not so much meaning.

We also worked on the idea of having us all spread out into a line, once again more for aesthetics than much of a message. However, one time when we practiced the transition from heart into line, Kate accidentally ended up a bit farther from everyone else, and we decided to use that and separate me from the rest of us in a way of expressing how I’m different and I discover everything else first and exploit it and get overcome by it.

The Beginning of my CP

The first real practice of our CP (including a ten minute session at the end of the previous lesson where we brainstormed) was very productive. We walked in with a lot of ideas. We all knew we wanted to do something abstract, and we kind of wanted to play with lights and possibly an unconventional stage. For stimulus, Kate brought a poem, Andrea brought the idea of a diamond, and I brought the phrase “the grass is always greener on the other side”, from that we all came to the idea of inequality, or the idea of our relationship with stuff other people don’t have. I really wanted to play with the idea of using light as a barrier, so we got  spotlight and a block. I was in the spotlight with the block, and we tried to do some stuff with the idea of me having the light and the block. We played with sticks a bit to show this idea, but ultimately abandoned it. I suggested the use of a sheet as it’s more flexible and we can do a lot more things with it. We then played with the idea of having a diagonal line across the stage; me in the spotlight downstage right, with the other end upstage left. We played with the idea of them having the sheet and me taking it or wanting it and exploring it. Then Bailee had the idea of laying the sheet on the ground, kind of like a runway. We then played with the idea of all of us coming from nothing, and then going to discover it. But, the other girls couldn’t really touch it, while I walked on it. Then when I got to the middle I would try to touch it and Bailee would grab me, we’d freeze, and then I’d gather up the entire sheet and go back to the spotlight. Then they would keep trying to get it from me, eventually succeeding by getting Andrea to use Columbian hypnosis on me so they could steal it. The idea was that it would show how some people steal from the masses and how that results in inequality.

My First “Page de Journal Intime”

When I first submitted it, I misunderstood the prompt, thinking I was supposed to do a slightly different assignment, so I lost points on the message. This is the edited version.

La Question: Vos parents reprochent de sortir trop et de négliger vos devoirs. Ils vous font constamment des reproches à ce sujet. Ecrivez une page de votre journal intime, dans laquelle vous exprimez vos sentiments face à cette sentiments face à cette  situation. Ecrivez 250 mots minimum.


Mardi, 5 Septembre 2017


Cher Journal,


Aujourd’hui, je suis retournée un peu tard apres une soiree, et ma mere etait en colere. Tu sais que mes parents m’imposent trop de limites. Ils crois que je négliger mes devoirs. Ils se trompes! Je gagne de meilleures notes que mes amis. En plus, ils sont toujours en train de me faire des remarques sur mes copains. Pourquoi ne pourraient ils pas se mêler de leurs oignons! Je me sens embêtée.


Je sais que je ne se suis pas ce que j’aurais dû être. Cependant, ils sont toujours sur mon dos. Ils pense que je ne travaille pas assez, mais ils ne réalisent pas que je veux sortir avec mes amis. Ils attendent beaucoup de moi, et je ne veux pas les décevoir. Toutefois, ce n’est pas juste, et j’en ai marre! C’est toujours la même chose avec eux! A mon avis, je suis une bonne adolescent. En fait, je ne sors pas très souvent. Je n’ai pas assez de copains et de copines pour sors tous les temps. D’habitude, je suis à la maison, et ils pense que je suis toujours devant la télé. Ils ne sont jamais heureux.


Quand je suis plus agée, mon père veut que je devienne ingénieur, mais moi ne sais pas encore ce que je veux être. Est-ce que ca importe? Si j’ai de la chance, la semaine prochaine quelque chose de bon aura lieu, et ma mère sera heureuse comme un poisson dans l’eau.


Bon, il est tard, il faut que j’aille me coucher. Merci de m’avoir écouté!




The First MUN Meeting (LO1)

Yesterday we had the first MUN meeting and I’m in advanced now so I’m a bit apprehensive as I feel like everyone else is better than me at debate. However, I’m very excited as this is the year they’ll start grooming us to run the club. I’m also very excited as the first conference this year I’ll be debating on Trump’s first 100 days in office, and if as a committee we can create a viable solution that would be wonderful. However due to the issues of sovereignty and so on, most likely our resolutions will not be as great as I hoped. By the end of the year I hope to be confident in debate and better at formulating well worded arguments.  Learning outcome one is to “Identify their own strengths and develop areas for growth.”. I know that I’m in advanced now, and that got me to thinking about what my strengths are. In this reflection I realized that I tend to have a good grasp of the issues we debate. I’m good at writing resolutions that tackle the issues, and I’m good at writing speeches. I also have a lot of experience with MUN, and as a result know procedure rather well. However, there are some areas for growth. I’m extremely insecure in MUN which is why it took me a while to figure out why I’m in advanced. This insecurity makes me stutter when making speeches and blank in the middle of debate. This never happens when I’m speaking in front of crowds or debating someone outside of MUN. It only happens when I have to debate in MUN form. I also don’t have very extensive knowledge of random UN treaties and statistics. On top of that, I don’t read the news as much as I could and should. However, these are all things I can improve over the course of the MUN year.

The Beginning of Cross Country (LO1)

At this point in the year, I’ve been to only three cross country practices. To be honest they’ve been kind of intimidating. I’ve been running to get ready, but this is my first time really doing cross country and I’m very far outside of my comfort zone. It can be kind of discouraging because everyone’s a lot faster than me, but I think I can start keeping up better. In the future, I hope to be more confident in myself and my ability to face challenges. Maybe I’ll even be excited about doing sport next year. In the first learning outcome students are supposed to “Identify their own strengths and develop areas for growth”. I definitely know that I have areas for growth here. My track record in sport isn’t necessarily a great one. Not only do I need to develop my confidence, but also my perseverance. My general pattern is that I get really into a sport, I get really committed, and I work really hard, challenging myself a lot. That is a strength. However, those periods tend not to last for more than a couple weeks. Sometimes they last a couple months. So, a strength would be my ability to challenge myself and really do a sport to the best of my ability. However, one area for growth is my perseverance. If I’m still going to two practices a week by the end of the season it would be a nice change. An even better thing would be if I could continue exercising after the season. Lastly, even if I’m nowhere as good as the other kids on the team, I’m a lot better than I was in ninth grade, and I think that is also a strength because I was able to work on exercising on my own. I exercised without a team, even if it wasn’t as regular as possible.

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