One of the joys of going to AU is the availability of culture. Taking full advantage of the resources in DC a friend and I went to see the National Ballet of Canada perform Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We started out with some Mediterranean fare in the Foggy Bottom area, and then caught the shuttle to the Kennedy Center. It was a beautiful performance of playful choreography that truly brought the classic story to life. Through the three acts of this colorful ballet, we were not only entertained by unique and creative costumes, but also drawn to contemplate the deeper symbolism present in Alice’s Wonderland. After, viewing the performance we went upstairs, to brave the cold and take in the view of the Lincoln memorial and the rest of downtown DC.
The Kennedy Center is not the only location where a student can take in some culture. The city and our campus have numerous statues, museums, and performances going on all the time. Personally, I am interested in the theater arts, so I am always looking to catch a play. In the past six months I have seen the Globe’s touring production of Hamlet, master puppeteer’s in War House, and AU’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross with and all female cast, just to name a few. In addition to opportunities to see theater, I was also able to Assistant Stage Manage our department’s production of Guys and Dolls. Thus, being a student at AU has allowed me to be both a patron and participant in the arts.