A little girl hides in the shadows because the fear of being judged is so immense that it leaves her scared to the world surrounding her. This perception of the outside world forces the girl to wear a mask concealing away her true self. Leaving a void that yearns for friends, “not friends with the same mask but those with the same reason to hide under them...”(JAJAvankova). A true story based on the concept by Jaja Vankova and assisted by Phillip Chbeeb told this tragic story through the soundtrack of Edward Scissorhands main theme. The performance was filmed on location at the Movement Lifestyle Dance Studio on North Hollywood, Ca in Los Angeles and uploaded to the Youtube channel “Jajavankova” on January 1, 2013. Portraying the emotional toll that other peoples perceptions can have on the mind of a young girl, fearing for every movement is being judged. Successfully telling the story through different styles of dance by the emotions that one goes through as a result of these actions. The way Jaja, along with the other characters, embodies the theme and how the overall piece was preformed best to the true story’s tale also contributed to success of this piece. The main theme, of a little girl looking for friends with the same reasons to hide, brought this story to life.
Phillip Chbeeb begins the tale with a monolog introducing Jaja’s character as lonely and companionless with only painted stick people on her hands for company. An air of hopelessness darkens her surrounding until all of the sudden her world begins to come alive with the presents of masked friends surrounding her with a comfort and warmth. All with the same reasons for hiding under their masks as she is hiding under hers. As they dance cohesively as one, the g...
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...ed this piece with respect to not only the story but the technical and dramatic side as well. From the opening frame to the last frame each movement had a purpose. However, even though the story line had been all that she imagined this is a tragic story with no happy ending. “As she approached the edge of insanity she realized her new friends were nothing more than reflections of her emotions within...” (JAJAvankova). The success lied in the visual layout of the true story, the technical aspects of the monolog and masks, and the pieces technical and dramatic elements that brought out the tragedy of what fear can have on a little girl. In the end after all of her “new friends” left her “she was still alone... Waiting to be accepted... to be loved” (JAJAvankova).
JAJAvankova. "OUTCAST | Jaja Vankova." YouTube. YouTube, 01 Jan. 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.
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