A little girls perception of the world forces her to wear a mask concealing away her true self. Underneath is someone who is scared and lonely because the “fear of being judged is so powerful many leave their true selves in hiding forever” (JAJAvankova) and she is not an exception. Leaving a void that yearns for friends, “not friends with the same mask but those with the same reason to hide under them...”(JAJAvankova). Artistically based on a true story, 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 fear that roots itself in the mind of the little girls head as a result of other peoples actions. Successfully telling the story through the different styles of dances, the technical embodiment of the dramatic tale, and how the overall piece was preformed best to the tragicness of the story. The little girl looking for expectance and fearing for that expectance 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. The feeling of despair fills the atmosphere when all seems lost to the darkness that plagues the little girl. Until all of the sudden her world begins to come alive with the presents of new friends that alleviate that atmosphere of despair. They wear masks as well because they to have the same reasons to hide
under them. This group begins to dance as one as if they have always been together. The little
girl was included to be part of something more than being alone. More friends start to emerge from the background and they perform different styles of dance then the group to display the emotions that have been locked away inside her. These emotions are carried out though contemporary, poppin’, ballet, and krumping dance styles. As they finish the original group gets back together and completes their piece. As if everything is how she always imagined it would be, to be accepted by others that have been through slimier situations as her. Interpreting the true story through the technical aspects that made up the dance.
This artistic interoperation has no gimmicks such as props or added sounds but it has what it needs to successfully showcase the performance in its entirety with no distractions in respect to the true story. The narrator, lighting, choreography, costumes, and the masks bring out the emotion needed to convey this piece. The Edward...