#Stage: De tijd vliegt…

Ik kan niet geloven dat er nu al een maand voorbij is. De tijd vliegt. Maar het is echt zoals ze zeggen:

“Time flies when you’re having fun.”

Bij Stadspodia Leiden werk ik op de marketing afdeling. Mijn primaire doel was vooral om geïntroduceerd te worden in de echte marketing en communicatie wereld binnen de cultuursector. Daarnaast wou ik zoveel mogelijk praktische dingen leren: PR-plannen opstellen, persberichten schrijven, contact onderhouden en onderhandelen met impresariaten.

We zijn een maand verder sinds ik deze “doelen” heb gesteld. Ik heb nu al gemerkt dat er veel meer te leren valt dan dit. Elke dag word ik opnieuw verrast door een nieuwe uitdaging.

Zoals vele studenten had ik in het begin van mijn Master de angst voor “de dagelijkse sleur” van een vaste baan. Nu ik gestart ben met een vaste baan (weliswaar een stage) ben ik vrolijker dan ooit. Tijdens mijn academische loopbaan heb ik meer dan eens getwijfeld over waar ik mij bezig was en of ik wel de juiste beslissing had gemaakt. Sinds ik gestart ben met werken word ik elke dag zekerder (als dat een woord is) over waar ik heen wil, wat ik wil doen en wat ik wil worden.

I’m a happy bird.

Hieronder wat impressies van mijn eerste stage maand:

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Short review: NBCollection in Theater Kikker (11 – 13 december 2014)

by Allison Van Spaendonk

“After five years of intensive productivity, it’s time for a retrospective” (NBprojects).

In light of ‘5 years of Nicole Beutler’ Theater Kikker in Utrecht organized three special nights in Beutler’s honour. Four of Beutler’s pieces were presented during these three days in different combinations. Songs, Dialogue with Lucinda, The Garden and Still Life were presented at this mini festival. The ones that caught my attention were Songs and Dialogue with Lucinda. Two almost opposite performances when they’re compared to one another, but seeing them right after each other created a beautiful dialogue.

Choreographer and theatre director Nicole Beutler is known for her genre-busting, multi-medial performances. This mini festival is the perfect celebration of her work. Not only does it show her diversity, but it also shows the connections between different pieces that weren’t visible before. Songs is a performance that celebrates “words of heroines from classical literature brought back to life in a wild pop concert” (NBprojects). In comparison to Dialogue With Lucinda, Songs can be seen as a more chaotic and bold performance. There’s one actress on stage and she presents the words of eleven different well-known literary characters. The words of these literary characters are presented in a kind of rock-and-roll performance. So they’re put in an entirely different context. A bold way of presenting these different characters but it works really well. The talented actress is able to jump from one song to the other presenting all these women in a very passionate way. It is mesmerizing to look at.

Dialogue with Lucinda is structurally the opposite of Songs. Dialogue with Lucinda is based on some pieces of the minimalist choreographer Lucinda Childs. This performance focused on “the collective body in symmetrical patterns” (NBprojects). Structurally it might be the opposite of Songs, but in another way it is in perfect dialogue with it. Dialogue with Lucinda celebrates another strong woman, Lucinda Childs. Not in her words but in her movements and way of choreographing. The piece by Beutler is based on Radial Courses and Interior Drama by Lucinda Childs, two pieces that are dominated by complexity and an undecipherable structure. Because of the undecipherable structure of this performance it is in contrast with Songs. Songs has a more chaotic but recognisable structure. Because they are so in contrast with each other, the diversity of Beutler is emphasized.

Flirting with #Photography

They often say that “one picture is worth a thousand words”; and on that note, I bought a camera. A Canon 1100D, I fell in love with it from the moment I got it out of the box. Even though most of my experience with photography is in front of the camera and not behind it, I was still very excited to start taking pictures myself.

I’ve always loved photographs. To capture a moment, to be able to record a memory for an eternity. I’ve seen a lot of people work with cameras so I sort of have a general knowledge of how they work, but the details are mine to figure out. I’ve already been taking a lot of pictures, and capturing something beautiful is easier than I thought.
Below you’ll find some pictures that I’ve been taking since I got the camera. Please let me know what you think. If you have some tips or comments about things that I could do better PLEASE let me know, I really want to improve my picture taking technique.
(If you want to use any of the photographs please let me know first by commenting on this post)

Nature things:

 

Beautiful animals:

 

Feel free to let me know what you think, every comment or handy tips are welcome!

Love,

Allison

 

Hope.

Hope.

My first tattoo.
I had known for 2 years what I wanted and where I wanted it. Finally I turned 18 and was able to get it. But when I was 16 I had no idea that the meaning of it would grow and grow.

Hope is the thing that broke me. Hope is also the thing that made me get up again.
When I was dancing and I had auditions I would always get my hopes up, I would get overconfident. On the one hand that’s what you have to do at auditions so they can see that you know exactly what you’re doing, but on the other hand if you don’t get picked the disappointment is even bigger. Before every audition I would get my hopes up and convince myself that I would get this one, that I would get the part, or get into this or that school but I never did. In the end I went from being a very big hopeful person to someone with no confidence at all.
For months I didn’t know what to do with myself, even as I picked a new study I never got my hopes up again. The first 6 months were hard but after my first round of exams (and a couple of total break downs) I saw that I had passed them all and I thought “I can be good at something other then dancing.” And a little confidence came back.
3 years later, I’m still not overconfident, I still don’t get my hopes up very easily but I have learned to live with disappointments (or at least I try). I do have hope, I always hope for the best but I’m expecting the worst. In that way I try to protect myself from getting that hurt again.

H.O.P.E.
Hold On Pain Ends

The writing process

The writing process

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. When I was younger and got upset or really mad I would write a letter to my parents explaining why. I just always thought it was easier expressing myself in writing. Even when I went to boarding school when I was 14, the first thing my mom gave me was a little book so I could write down anything that was bothering me. I always felt out of place when I was there so I ended up filling the pages with thoughts, comments, happy moments, sad moments, things I was confused about or ideas that popped into my head.
Right now I’m preparing to start a minor in Journalism & New Media and I’m reading about all these techniques to write, it’s getting me all excited.
I can’t wait to start writing and exploring and learning.
My goal is to find my own writing style, to find something I’m really passionate about, to find my own specialty.
I have an exciting year ahead of me, let’s go for it.