ACS 200 Cultural Event #102/05/02 Scissors, Paper, Rock! For my first cultural event of this semester, I attended the University Performing Dancers rendition of "Scissors, Paper, Rock!" . This dance performance took place in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre in University Hall here on campus. This performance is considered a cultural event because the game Rock, Paper, Scissors is an ancient game that many different cultures have claimed to invent. According to the program handed out at the performance, Japan has claimed its origins in Jan ken or Roe, Sham, Boe (Rock, Paper, Scissors). The game is called Mud-chee Bah in Korea. Renditions of the hand game are also played in Indonesia, Austria, France, Canada, Yugoslavia, and elsewhere.
All these different cultures have claims to have invented the game, and it is such a popular game, somebody made a modern dance performance related to the certain aspects that Scissors, Paper, and Rock have. Scissors, cold, cutting, slicing. Paper, light, soft, airy. Rock, pebble, hard, stone. These are some of the adjectives the narrator used in the performance. There were six different dances in the performance, each one different in their own cultural way.
Dances like "Oshun, Goddess of Love" were based on actual beliefs. Oshun is the goddess of the rivers, fertility, abundance, and love among the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The dance is a creative exploration of the meaning of Oshun as a force of nature. Other dances performed such as "Paper Moon" are attempts to shape the timelessness found in play, such as ritual, and performance. Different dances came from different cultures in this performance. As I had said before, "Oshun, Goddess of Love", came from Africa.
It arrived in America during the slave trade and has been here ever since. "Paper Moon" came from Japan. The text from the dance came from an adaptation from "Omoiyari", which is an ancient Japanese dance ritual. Dance is a part of every culture.
Whether it is the fire dances of the native Hawaiians, or the Tango from Spain, dance is a part of every culture. This event is not an event I would usually attend. I am not into art of any kind except music. At first, there were two reasons I went to this performance.
First, my girlfriend was in the University Performing Dancers for two years and she has danced most of her life. She still enjoys attending the performances. Second, one of the performers, Arthur Ross, was an old roommate of mine, and I promised him I would come see him perform. I actually became interested in the concert; I didn't even fall asleep once! I think next time I will go to a performance under my own will, not just because I have to.