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This is the imaginary beast I created.

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Romeo & Julia

Op woensdag 4 oktober zijn we met z’n allen naar de Bogaard in Sint-Truiden gegaan om de toneelvoorstelling ‘Romeo & Julia te gaan kijken.

Productie door Theater de Toekomst

Regie, vertaling en scenografie door Dirk De Keyzer

Soundtrack door Stefan Wellens

Joren Seldeslachts als Romeo en Graaf Capulet

Astrid Annicaert als Julia

Jonas Van Thielen als broeder Lorenzo, Mercutio, Gravin Capulet en de apotheker

Reinhilde Van Driel als de Min, Graaf Paris, Tybalt, Balthazar en Broeder John

Het verhaal was net zoals ieder ander Romeo & Julia-verhaal, vol passie, eeuwenoude vetes, ruige zwaardgevechten, verboden en vooral grenzeloze liefde. Hier en daar waren er een paar pikante uitspraken en vulgaire opmerkingen, dat vond ik jammer want dat maakte het voor mij een beetje onprofessioneel.

In het begin kon ik niet goed volgen, de verscheidene personages die aanbod kwamen werden namelijk gespeeld door dezelfde acteurs, en dat was zeer ingewikkeld. Er werd ook voortdurend in een soort dichterstaal gesproken, iedere zin werd op een mooie en verbloemde manier verteld. In het begin had ik daar bewondering voor omdat het een hele klus is om al die zinnen en uitspraken te onthouden, maar na een tijd werd het heel vermoeiend om naar te luisteren.

De vierde muur werd zeer expliciet doorbroken doordat wij, als publiek, op het podium plaats mochten nemen. Dat gaf een andere kijk op het toneelstuk en was eigenlijk zeer slim bedacht. In het verhaal zijn er twee families die al eeuwenlang ruzie met elkaar hebben, en nu leek het net of de twee kanten van het publiek de twee families voorstelden. Ook werd er voortdurend naar het publiek toe gesproken door de personages, alsof ze iedere keer hun hart uitstortte door al hun emoties en gedachten aan ons te vertellen.

Romeo en Julia waren de enige twee ronde personages doordat zij het meeste werden uitgewerkt, daarmee bedoel ik dat we veel meer te weten kwamen over hun gevoelens, achtergrond en gedachtes. Zij waren ook de hoofdpersonages. Ik kon me niet echt identificeren met één specifiek karakter, maar begreep wel waarom Romeo en Julia zo veel van elkaar hielden. Liefde op het eerste gezicht kan soms zeer krachtig optreden.

De opbouw van het toneelstuk kon ik het beste plaatsten bij de aristotelische opbouw of tragedie. Het verhaal was in zeer vaste lijnen vastgelegd, het werd ook niet verstoort door nevenintriges. Het hele verhaal speelde zich af op nagenoeg dezelfde plaats en binnen een beperkte tijd. Het verhaal eindigde ook zeer noodlottig.

Al bij al was het een mooi toneelstuk, maar ik zou het niet nog eens gaan kijken.

 

 

Task: Storytelling in the digital age

Topic: plagiarism

Recycled lines? Shakira faces plagiarism claim over hit song La Bicicleta

Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives have been accused in a Spanish court of copying the award-winning song from a Cuban singer

Singers Shakira and Carlos Vives perform in Leticia, Colombia. Photograph: William Fernando Martinez/AP

The Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives have been accused of copying part of their award-winning hit La Bicicleta from a 20-year-old song by a Cuban singer, according to a complaint filed with a Spanish court.

La Bicicleta (The Bicycle), a catchy fusion of reggaeton, cumbia and vallenato, won the duo two Latin Grammys last year – best song and best record.

But, according to the complaint filed with a commercial court in Madrid on behalf of Liván Rafael Castellanos – known as Livam – it borrows parts of his 1997 song Yo Te Quiero Tanto (I Love You So Much).

The music publisher MDRB, which lodged the complaint on Livam’s behalf, claims there are similarities between the melody and lyrics of his song and those of La Bicicleta.

The chorus of Livam’s song is, “yo te quiero, yo te quiero tanto” (I love you, I love you so much), while Shakira and Vives sing “que te sueño y que te quiero tanto” (I dream of you and love you so much).

A spokesman for the court told Agence France-Presse the complaint was against Vives and Shakira – who lives in Spain – as well as producer Andres Castro and Sony Music. Shakira’s spokespeople declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

I have nothing against Shakira, Vives or anybody else,” Livam told Associated Press. “It’s the law that needs to decide whether changing a song’s key is enough to make it different.”

Livam, who works in Madrid as a composer and producer, said his three-year-old daughter identified her dad’s melody in La Bicicleta when the family heard the hit on a radio during a beach holiday last summer.

A legal representative for Sony ATV Music Publishing in Spain, which represents Shakira and Castro, said the company couldn’t comment as it had not received notice of the lawsuit.

SGAE, the main society managing the rights of authors and publishers in Spain, said it had suspended the rights of the song following the association’s usual procedure when two of its members lodge a complaint.

This is not the first time Shakira has faced allegations of plagiarism.

In 2012, the Dominican singer and composer Ramón Arias Vásquez – known as Arias – accused the Colombian superstar of copying one of his compositions in her 2010 hit Loca.

Although a US judge initially ruled that Shakira’s song was indirectly copied from Arias’ song, he later dismissed the copyright infringement case on the grounds that Arias had lied to the court and that the cassette tape on which he had based his claims was a fake.

Shakira, who has released 10 studio albums, is a goodwill ambassador for the UN children’s agency Unicef and runs her own charitable foundation called Pies Descalzos (Barefoot), which aims to help poor and displaced children in Colombia.

Summary article

The Article is about a man named Livan Rafael Castellanos ‘Livam’, a Cuban singer, accusing Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives of copying part of their award-winning het La Bicicleta from his 20-year-old song. The song won two Grammys last year. According to a commercial court in Madrid, Spain, it shows simularities between the melody and lyrics of the 1997 song Yo Te Quiero Tanto. The complaint is against Vives and Shakira, producer Andes Castro ad Sony Music. “I have nothing against Shakira, Vives or anybody else. It’s the law taht needs to decide wether changing songs key is enough to make a different.” were the Words of Livam. According to him, his daughter heard the simularities between the two songs. It’s not the first time that Shakira is accused of plagirism, in 2012 she was accused by the Dominican singer Ramon Aris Vasquez of coppying part of his song and using it in her song Loca.But te case was later on dismissed. 

Jones, S. (03.03.2017). Recycled lines? Shakira faces plagiarism claim over hit song La Bicicleta. The Guardian.

Video fragment

This video tries to explain what plagiarism is and which sorts of plagiarism exist. In their exact words, they state plagiarism as “using someone else’s work, either their words or ideas, without giving them credit”. But there are also other sorts of plagiarism like failing to put borrowed language in quotaton marks, failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own words, recycling your own work and submitting it as if it was new, copying other people’s work, even with their permission, to use as your own, copying something like a graph or picture and pretending it’s your own work, having someone doing your work or paying someone to do your work and saying it’s you own. You can avoid plagiarism by using in-text citations, by using quotation marks around borrowed words and phrases, by planning ahead and not leaving things to the last minute and most imortant, by doing your own work and giving credit where it is due!

Movie: The Dark Tower

Recently, I saw the English movie The Dark Tower, directed by Nikolaj Arcel. The movie is based on Stephen King’s novel.

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as Roland tries to defend the Tower with the help of Jake (Tom Taylor) from the Man in Black.

The movie wasn’t that great, I expected way more, but I really like the concept and the atmosphere of the movie. I think it had a great potential, but the director ruined it…

En vacances en France

Les vacances passées je suis allée en France avec ma famille. Nous avons campé sur une camping à Cause-de-Clérans, surnommé Domaine du Cournou. Nous les avions trouvés par des amis. C’était très plézant parce que il faisait beau. Avans d’y aller, nous avions fait de la recherche sur l’internet pour trouver des activités qu’on pouvons faire là. Nous sommes allées à Sarlat, Bergérac et Bordeaux et on a fait du shopping et on a mangé chez des restaurants. On est allée aux les plages du bordeaux. Il y était beaucoup des surfeurs. Somme toute, c’était une vacance magnifique.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor domaine du cournou

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English breakfast

Last summer I went to the Jurassic Coast in England. I’ve never been to England, this summer was my first time. We went camping. It was also the first time that I ate English breakfast. English breakfast consists of bacon and eggs, scones with cream and of course a cup of tea.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor scones tea

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Presidential elections

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor presidential elections 2016 dank meme

You might not know this but every time world news shows up on all the social media, people start making memes about this. A meme is a picture with a quote on it, mostly a humorous quote. This year there were thousands of memes created because of the presidential elections in America. People like to show there opinion through these memes, it is a way to express what they think of the candidates or the political system in America. And the fun thing about these memes is that they are designed to make you laugh. The elections will soon be over, but people wil find another subject to make memes about.

Un film réjouissant

J’ai vu le film Intouchables pendant les vacances d’automne. Ce n’était pas la première fois que j’ai vu ce film, mais je pense que c’est un film fantastique et réjouissant parce que je peux voir ce film un million fois. Remarquable de ce film est que c’est une histoire vraie. Je pense que la morale de c’est histoire est que chaque personne a une place et a un talent, n’importe quelle nationalité tu as.

Trailer

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