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Gracey’s 2: Art as Imitation

We learned in class that we are to study art and beauty. We then started ourselves on the question, “what is a good theater?”. Plato said that “art”is three times removed from the truth since art is an “imitation” of something, and because of the meaning of the word, art losses its truth value as it is not absolutely the same as where it is originally taken from. Theater, is but an art, and how we judge theater, whether it is good or bad, is guided by the understanding that theather, is an imitation of life and experiences, of nature and environment, and of everything.

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What is then a good theater? Maybe because theater is a process of imitation, the more nicer and better you copy from something and put it on stage, the more beautiful the theater becomes. Or maybe, the more convincing you get, and the more realistic your art becomes, the more it should be appreciated. Theater has been famous in almost all parts of the world, and every one has his or her way to create a good one. Everything we place on stage should be good and beautiful.

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BUt as I observe it today, I realize that “imitation” as a fundamental aspect in theater, changes and upgrades through time. From the yesteryears where the nobles are the basis for imitation (that was the time theater was a bit serious), to the years where there was political struggle (satiric plays and spoofs were staged), and up to these days, where even the things we consider “taboo” and “morbid” are made into theater (classic examples:sex, heinous crimes, etc.), theater changes up to now, as it chooses a lot more to imitate.

In this case, I’m a little bit confused, is there any universal rule on what is a good theater, and where should we base it? Since art imitates, and the subject of imitation changes, I guess the judgement on this matter change also through time. The manner, the object, the medium changes also through time. What more can we get also? Of course, an art, an imitaion, and a theater that changes through time, that can be appreciated and condemned at the same time.

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January 11, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

gracey’s 1: The beauty in me

All my life I never felt that beautiful. Though, I am always assured by my parents that I am, and that all my friends were saying that too, and many times did I have admirers (Ows?!). I think all of them were fair enough to tell me the truth, since many were agreeable then. I just hope that not so many in this world are that liar enough to make me believe.

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True beauty has been a mystery for me since the time I got a glimpse of a person they told to be beautiful. Ever since, it tried to compare myself to that person, and that was the time I felt I am not like her. Then I believed that I am not beautiful, since no matter how I tried to be, I will forever be not like her. From the color of the skin, the shape of the nose and the redness of her cheeks, I felt I was totally different. There are things that my mother cannot trully explain to me. Tha’ts why until now, I consider the beauty in me, a mystery.

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I went to school and I learned so many things. I even already got an idea of what’s beauty in life and at the what is life without beauty. I learned as moments go by, without being sure about what I learned, but being able to understand it. Now I know that in all aspects in life, there is a mystery- and that’s where beauty comes in. Beauty is in any person, and from yourself, you could only find out.

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Beauty is every where yet it seems that not all people see it. I believe that beauty is not only relative but also not absolute. Since I believe that no one still has defined truly what, where, who and where beauty is,I also then believe that seeing beauty is but a choice. A choice that has reasons that are only for us to find out. I believe that the beauty in me, is more than what you see, but what is inside me, that makes me appreciate everything that I have, and everything that is around me.
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