REVIEW: Reflections CAN U 12Reflections Dance Ministry is definitely the most hyped Talent-oriented Service unit in CU and gradually it is becoming less talented and more of hype. To be fair, they aren’t the only ones suffering this decline, from Contemporary choir to Classical Choir to CUTG, everyone seems to be losing their killer edge as far as the talent goes.
I would like to tell you that CAN U ended on a very high and positive note, but I have no idea how it ended seeing as I left early feeling very frustrated and angry. When I was leaving I was shocked to find a steady stream of people pouring out of the Chapel, apparently, I wasn’t the only one that left unimpressed.
In all honesty it isn’t that there are no more talented people on campus, it’s just that the act has become old. This year’s CAN U was another reminder of that fact. From the the CAN U ad video that was filled with the same old, waist bending, and erratic hand movements that are supposed to be break dancing to the events MC’s that kept cracking personal jokes and trying too hard to engage the audience (yet still failing). I honestly suggest that this CAN U should quickly be forgotten for the sake of the dearly loved Reflections.
The performances on stage left more to be desired and though they inspired quite a number of shouts and hand claps from the audience, that ‘wow’ standing ovation moment never really came around.
Once again, the choreography wasn’t totally in sync. Although there was some level of coordination, a certain total uniformity never showed. Limbs kept flying and gliding seconds apart, hands and feet were raised at different elevations and instead of appearing like a seasoned army with one mind, the performances felt like primary school kids passionately learning how to perform a march-past.
There were largely no new concepts (wonderful costume but no new concepts). There was another fighting scene. This time, instead of being between the devil and an angel, it was between a janitor and a guy in black (I have no clue what they represented).
I expected to see concepts that excite and are easily relatable to the audience. I would have loved choreography showing the struggle to get to C.H.O.P every morning. I would have loved a dance showing the how to study in the midst of sleep, or one showing how you feel when a lecturer marks you down and you feel you should have done better. Things like that and even better. But since there was no new interesting concept, the concert became about the background music playing and multiple CUTG and singing performances.
Did I mention there were back flips and somersaults?
They were so many of them that it got boring…really fast. Like every other dance had a at least one back flip or somersault. Also featured was a lot of carrying. People were lifted up in the air, sideways and other ways. At first it was interesting, but after the (I had lost count but let’s call it 5th time) when someone almost fell I was in a let it go kind of mood.
Before someone from reflections tries to…let me move on to more positive matters about CAN U.
Well…the chapel was full, people shouted quite often and that was good because that meant there was some level of excitement, no one got injured…and the costumes were super amazing (I’m possibly exaggerating how nice the costumes were)…and I’m out of positives.
Let me just be clear, I’m just writing this because of the very high standards I hold reflections to. We can forgive both choirs for weekly mishaps, but Reflections are supposed to be a cut above the rest. It was really disappointing after waiting for a long time for CAN U only to get the same old story.
But we (me, myself and I) have faith in you guys, so,
And do it Fast!!!
ANY GRAMMATICAL ERROR WAS DELIBERATELY LEFT HERE (that’s a lie, I didn’t see it so just let me know In the comment section).
Also let me know what way you would have improved CAN U if you could have.