Author: Mara Georgescu (Mara Georgescu)

Made in CREA
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Made in CREA

It’s not unusual for weekend evenings at CREA to involve some kind of performance. In the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to attend a plethora of concerts, dance shows, plays, and improv nights, most of which have even been enjoyable. 

CREA likes to move it!
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CREA likes to move it!

By now you probably noticed that there’s a CREA show going on about every week, whether it’s dancing, singing or comedy, the students of CREA courses get the chance to showcase their hard-earned skills in front of their loved ones, friends, family, and of course, one random YOUvA Today journalist: yours truly. After all, no true passion project is complete without the unsolicited judgment of strangers on the internet. So, without further ado, here are our thoughts on the 'Movement into focus' show at CREA this Saturday.

Memes at the UvA
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Memes at the UvA

If you’ve found this article and are reading it from any device other than a fax machine you are probably aware of memes, and it would probably not be a stretch to assume that you’re also familiar with @uva_meme, @uva.memes.faculty, or any of the other active and inactive pages dedicated to immortalizing the struggles of Amsterdam student life. Separate faculties even have their own pages, like @uvaeconmemes and @uvapoliscimemes, where memes get even more specific, engaging students and faculty alike. 

UvA stand up nights
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UvA stand up nights

It’s happened to most of us international students, right? Your dutch friend is talking about this great show they went to, this brilliant performer they saw, and oh, if only they could have taken you along… except you don’t speak the language. Maybe you gave up trying to find some good -and affordable- English-language entertainment after the twenty-third google search, but for those still holding out hope so late in the year, one UvA student group was proud to present its first Stand Up Comedy Night on Thursday at the Boom Chicago bar. But was it worth the 8 euro ticket?

Unpacking the Wolfpack 
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Unpacking the Wolfpack 

In 2010 five teenagers look at the world outside their apartment for the very first time. Almost their entire lives up to had been spent confined within a three-bedroom New York apartment. A few years later the world will get to look back at them through "The Wolfpack", a documentary that recounts the incredible and disturbing story. This weekend at CREA cafe theatre group STA attempted to tell their story once again, only this time live and onstage.  

CREA: dare to dance!
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CREA: dare to dance!

Whether you’re the kind of person who lunges for the nearest table as soon as the beat drops, the kind of person whose wildest dance routine consists of a few timid head bobs, or anyone in between, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and watch the professionals do all the hard work. True, the dance crew at Saturday’s show may not be professionals -yet- but how did their performance hold up for a half-hour of almost non-stop dancing?

Making Noise at Science Park
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Making Noise at Science Park

While the UvA is certainly no stranger to creativity, it might surprise you to discover that one of the newest art installations on campus was recently set up at Science Park. “The Noise Gap”, a sound art installation that aims to highlight the issue of gender discrimination in academia will be set up until the 14th of April for anyone who would like to visit. On the 5th of April, we attended the opening ceremony for the project to find out more about this unconventional and extremely relevant piece of art. 

Behind the scenes of ‘Come from Away’
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Behind the scenes of ‘Come from Away’

What does it take to create an award-winning musical, and what does it take to stage that musical in an entirely new language with an entirely new vision? These were the questions that the creators and crew of “Come from Away” attempted to answer during a two-part talk hosted by the UvA’s musical theatre chair at the DeLaMar theatre the afternoon before the very first performance took place on the 25th of March. 

Easylaughs lives up to its name!
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Easylaughs lives up to its name!

What is student life without at least one obligatory improv show? While Amsterdam seems to be full to bursting with any number of comedy nights, stand-up shows, and cabarets, international students might have some issues trying to satisfy this unwritten collegial requirement. Luckily, however, for those of us who haven’t mastered the Dutch language yet, CREA cafe will be hosting English improv comedy shows every Friday until the end of April. The question is: are they worth it? These are my impressions after attending the 18th of March Level 1 class showcase.