Moravian First Year Seminars in NYC
Thursday, September 22, 2011
MAAFA SUITE: An African American Celebration!
MAAFA Suite was an overwhelming, over-the-top experience! My FYS class went into Brooklyn, NYC into a church where this performance was being held. The performance was about the African American culture from pre-slavery all through the hardships of slavery and the celebration of honoring their ancestors.
Personally, I thought this production was extremely long, had political influence that could be offensive, had slow scene changes, a poor sound system (microphones didn't work), and the acting was weak. People in the audience constantly got up during the performance to use the bathroom and it was disrupting the flow of the show. The singing numbers were the powerhouse of the production. The voices were not the best I have heard, but the emotion was present in every note.
What I loved about this show was the dancing and the costuming. The choreography was strong and every dancer had their own interpretation and feel to the movements-- not everything was identical, but as the person felt it and beautiful moments happened. The costumes, especially in the beginning tribal scenes, were vibrant and loud, and the colors were exuberant. Even though this was not my favorite production I have been to, I understand the message they were trying to get across and what they were honoring. It had some special moments, but the overall production needs details to be worked out, such as talent, staging, the script etc., to take it to the next level. I was surprised these details weren't worked out too, because the staff and directors biography's showed so much experience and knowledge-- it was surprising that there professional experience didn't radiate through the show as much as I would have liked it to.
Posted by Lexis Petrella at 9:23 AM