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Posted by Melani Lopez at 6:14PM
Professor Norman Johnson

Blog posting by Melani Lopez, Film, Photography, Visual Arts, '17, FLEFF Blogger, Houston, TX

As on campus events wrap up and FLEFF transitions to Cinemapolis, I wanted to reflect on one of the most impressive events of the festival so far: Carmen’s Habitats. This year’s multimedia concert in Hockett Recital Hall did not disappoint. With images on a screen pulsating in time with the music, a stage and audience filled with musicians, an extraordinary singer and dancer, and a strategically designed stage, this event took a lot of people to come together into the overwhelming performance witnessed Tuesday evening.

None of this would have come together had it not been for the Director of the event, Norman Johnson. After experiencing the performance firsthand there exists a sense of disbelief in the fact that Professor Johnson has never directed a FLEFF concert before.  

Despite many, superficially disjointed, visual and auditory pieces having to coalesce, Mr. Johnson managed to fit them together seamlessly. One piece of music blended with the next as the dancer, singer, and musicians all appeared at the right moments. He admits one of the biggest struggles of the event was trying to get a balance between all of the moving parts, and develop a flow.

Ultimately, Mr. Johnson trusted the performers know their bodies and the space around them to let them decide how they wanted to move within the performance space. Surprisingly for the audience, that movement wasn’t limited to the stage. Musicians were carefully speckled among the audience, Dawn Pierce, with the gorgeous powerful voice strutted her way through the audience, and a grand finale of filling the audience with red-my senses were overtaken. It’s not hard to believe that Professor Johnson is a professional at directing, despite this not being a type of performance he’s used to.

Here’s to another striking FLEFF performance. And here’s hoping Professor Johnson joins the festival to direct again in the future.


What was your favorite on campus event this year?

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