Trashin’ the Union: a 2 Hour Process

Two hours to shoot and edit a film, go: Not much else to say about this. Bring a dancer to class was the only instruction. Immediately upon entering we were told to make a dance film. No prep, just do. Of course given the circumstances it isn’t a masterpiece, but here’s what we have! Film:…

Oslo – Four Days and No Nights

Oslo, Norway. We learned about the strategic positions of Norway in our World War II classes. We as children at heart learn about the mystical aura surrounding Norway through fantasy like Disney’s Frozen. But it is entirely another thing to visit the place. Oslo is an incredibly down to earth place. It’s hardly a city,…

“I Am a Jelly Donut” – Exploring Berlin

Berlin is not Germany, but Berlin is Berlin. This summer, I visited a lot of places, but I took the opportunity to live in Berlin. After five fulfilling, final days with the World War II Study Tour, the rest of my comrades departed and I spent an extra week on my own exploring Berlin. The…

Cats, Complications, and Krakow

Great perogies, cheap market goods, and a complicated history all categorize Krakow, Poland. My first thought when I entered the city? “Wow, how the hell did this place survive the war”. Although, by the end of the study tour I found myself thinking that about all historic European landmarks. Regardless, Poland took us all by…

Paris in the Rain

Have you ever seen Midnight in Paris? It’s the romantic manifesto to the magic of Paris and its rich artistic history. A key part of Owen Wilson’s ethereal dream of Parisian beauty is that Paris is best in the rain. Well, perhaps for all his brow furrowing, there is some truth to Mr. Wilson’s ramblings.…

Normandy Beaches’ Ghosts and Skeletons

On June 6th, 1944, Angelo Paradiso crossed the English Channel at twenty-one years old to fight valiantly for the Allied cause with the 90th infantry on Utah beach. On May 14th, 2018, I crossed the English Channel at twenty-one years old under very different circumstances to remember the sacrifices made by men and women of…

Pina Bausch and the Complex Inheritance of the Tanztheater

I wrote this paper for Hannah Kosstrin’s Dance History, Theory, and Literature II class. As I travel through Europe studying the Second World War, with the knowledge that tomorrow we will be entering Berlin, I found that the dialogue about the inheritance of this modern German culture is becoming more and more relevant.  Pina Bausch and…

London Through a Comedian’s Newsreel

I came to the United Kingdom learn about the Blitz, and I left with a new appreciation for London. I came in expecting nothing, if anything looking forward to having set plans after a week of moseying about Europe on my own dime and agenda. I left thinking, “hey, this is like a European version…