Moves and Music(als) by Emad T. '14
Illustrated with tons of images and a video, and not *as* many words
Fun fact number 1: I’m a drummer. You probably knew that, but you most definitely didn’t have a gratuitously-added picture – in which I pretend to twirl a drum stick – to prove it. So let me fix that:
Because Elizabeth ’13 has a good point: we all need some way to show you we’re not robots.
But let’s get to the heart of the matter. Let’s say you’re a student who’s interested in MIT, and you want to continue doing artistic things – be it performing, singing, acting, dancing, even going to open mic sessions and symphony hall performances – if you end up going here.
Your biggest concern is that MIT, which doesn’t stand for Music and Incredible Theatre, is going to leave you no opportunity to pursue the arts any further. Sure, the admissions website has a whole spiel dedicated to the arts at MIT, but you know that spiels are spiels, not actual testimonies.
What’s worse, maybe the facilities provided for the arts are in bad shape, and maybe the clubs to which MIT refers have only a nominal presence. It’d be sort of like, I don’t know, being a drummer, and going to a music room somewhere and expecting to find a drum set that someone told you about, only to find it’s actually an electric drum set for which there is no power supply.* You’d be justifiably (not to mention, in this purely hypothetical scenario, quite) disappointed.
Since I haven’t yet carved out a good niche for my artistic inclinations to speak from personal experience, I’ll be drawing the following from a few events that I’ve attended. (I’m splurging on the pictures and video, since my last two posts had absolutely no media in them.)
If you’re the type of person who knows of Brahms, Bach, Vivaldi, or Mozart, meet your new best friend: the BSO College Card.
These things exist!
Given that these tickets are free, you might think the BSO gives students shoddy seats. Not so, jaded reader; my friend and I scored some serious nosebleed seats when we saw Manuel de Falla’s Atlàntida being performed.
Good thing your nose can’t actually be bloodied from sitting that far up front.
You can’t accuse MIT of false advertisement.
Some of that includes small details: rolling a six-sided die to determine how much you’ll pay for the show; being notified that any confiscated items of yours will be returned at the end of the show; getting free pizza if the show is sold out, as my showing was; and forcing the entire cast to stay alert, as different members may need to replicate the two minute play that was just performed. But none of that holds a candle to the cast’s level of interaction with the audience and the utter disregard for the fourth wall.
Let’s just say that I was literally yanked from the audience and covered in bubble wrap. (I’d show some photos and/or video of this, but unfortunately, copyright agreements forbade the use of any cameras during these performances…)
If you’re in the mood for musicals, MIT has those. MIT’s Musical Theater Guild put on a performance of Guys and Dolls, presumably because MIT felt like reminding me of my senior year in high school. They made good use of their limited space in the Student Center, and the entire show was well-choreographed. Incredibly, the entire show, as is the case with the MTG itself, was also student-run.
So basically, they had a huge role in constructing this set. Think about that:
If it weren’t for my urge to make up for lots of copyright agreements, I wouldn’t have used nearly this many pictures in this post.
Thankfully, several people from MIT actually know how to dance, which may or may not be what you expected. Here’s a video of three MIT dance groups: Ridonkulous (who took 2nd place in the competition), Fixation, and Mocha Moves. (Also at the beginning is another dance troupe, Weapons of Mass, which consists of three MIT alum, but otherwise has no affiliation with MIT. So whoops. Ignore my false subtitling.)
To give you an idea of how artistically involved MIT can be, those last three things that I listed (TMLMTBGB, Guys and Dolls, and Ring the Alarm) happened in the same weekend. As it is with seemingly anything at this school, doing what you love – and making something of it – is just a matter of carving out a niche. Try not to work too hard at doing all the work yourself, though, as the odds are good that someone, at least in part, shares that very same passion and the desire to build upon it.
* = That means you, Macgregor house >:- But it’s kind of cool…you still have Macgregor Convenience.