Discuss the Undiscussable
What I saw:
Life, death, and every emotion in between. These people used their bodies as a vessel to carry an emotional spectrum in Still/Here. I watched as Bill. T. Jones planted a direction in the heads of the people attending his workshop yet the raw emotions of each individual was truly personal. I saw as the once group of strangers found a level of comfort in one another as they exposed their bodies to these raw emotions. As Jones asked this group to express themselves through movement and speech, he drove them to be in touch with their emotions, which was shared within the group of strangers.
Jones uses these emotional bodies to create a show, enhancing the vitality of life, death, sickness, and health.
Diversity, unity, complexity
I see the people around me
And I know they see me too
One story aligns with another,
And creates a familiar connection
They see me, I see them
Sadness, remorse, death
We share these traits
Mere humans in a mortal realm
The inevitable has become unpredictable
We now ask the question: When?
What I felt
All I could think of was how brave these individuals are. To be so exposed to a group of strangers and create a sense belonging and establish a comfortable environment is no easy task. This is something that I am not accustomed to, especially through virtual learning and hiding emotions behind masks. In addition, the shear amount of pain that one individual felt, amplified by the pain that the others felt, was truly overwhelming and almost impossible to comprehend. As a teenager about to enter adulthood, we are ignorant to the world around us. Personally, I do not know the gravity of pain and suffering that comes with sickness and death. To see a secondhand account of the emotional impact of these traumatic events is a lot to take in.
This reading expands on the U.S.-Mexican border as a physical means of separation with historical undertones that shape the modern climate of this separation. Focuses on the patterns of immigration, violence, integration, and societal dynamic through personal stories in history enhanced by poetry and symbolism. This forced immigration created generations of mestizaje, or “mixed” races due to interracial reproduction. It is important to notice the silenced and repressed narratives of those who lost and consider how and why historical accounts are very eurocentric. “The Gringo, locked into the fiction of white superiority, seized complete political power, stripping Indians and Mexicans of their land while their feet were still rooted in it.” These people were disproportionately “separated from our [their] identity and our [their] history.” Taking into consideration the marginalization of the already disadvantageous peoples, it is important to notice an unbiased account of the people on the other side of the border, no matter how unsettling the narrative is.
-Is there a justification for violence? Murder? How did the RAF justify their actions?
-Taking a more passive vs an aggressive approach when protesting and an organization attempting to try to get a point across.
-Violent but not murdering…?
-In the case of war, in the case of the RAF they were fighting imperialism and lasting oppression (which is very different from the Vietnam war)
-Rhetorical parallels in those who are facilitating the war vs those who are propogating genocide
-Who decides who lives and dies? → tying to eugenics: sterilizing to prevent MORE poverty but who gets to decide that? Playing God? Who (or what) puts value on life? Aggressive self defense…
-Would you sacrifice yourself to save another person?
-Murdering one’s enemies is the way to promote political vision
-Frustration in entitlement, frustration in privilege, frustration with power (Jordan concentration camps)
-Distinguishing the contrast between people under the influence of colonialism (and their sense of self in fighting colonial rule) vs the motives of the RAF