Talkback: What Is FAME?posted on April 7th, 2012 by Jason Balinskas
LeeSaar The Company presented an intense dance performance at Montclair State last weekend. Called FAME, the show had no ties to the movie or television show with the same name. LeeSaar’s FAME was a creative and modern performance that showed the evolution of fame through music, dance, and lighting.
The show began in complete silence as the small cast came on stage. I saw this as the first stage of being famous, which starts as a dream or an idea. Several solos followed that could be perceived as the stage when a person tries to become famous. My favorite part was when one of the dancers lip synched to a song from a live concert, to create the feeling of watching a pop star. I interpreted this as the moment of fame, when the artist knows they are famous.
Most of the show was very abstract, and I didn’t always understand the message it was trying to convey, especially during the second half. Overall, was it about the decline of fame—or is there even an end to fame? Or maybe finding a “message” wasn’t the point? If you saw the show, leave a comment below on your interpretation!
Jason Balinskas is an undergraduate student at Montclair State, majoring in Communications Studies with a concentration in Public Relations.