By SAHAR DIKA, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Room 1500 in the Social Sciences building was full last Thursday as students and faculty gathered to enjoy the fourth annual Polyglotinous Lollapalooza.
Each year, foreign language students and faculty work together to “celebrate literature in four languages.” The French, Spanish, Arabic and German departments all had their own creative way of featuring a song, poem, or skit using the language they are studying.
The famous French song “Alouette” involved an audience sing along while the students carried signs of the words and the projection screen behind them presented the translation. “Lost in Translation,” a trivia game that had the audience guess the poor translation of American movie titles to French movie titles was probably the most humorous and fun. American movie titles such as, “Jaws,” were translated in French as, “The Teeth From the Sea,” while “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” was translated to, “Men Who Do Not Like Women.”
The Spanish department also included an extremely humorous skit titled, “Piropos,” which in English means the art of flirting. “Concepts of Time,” another skit that was put on through video was also very funny in its comparison of American and Spanish time concepts when it comes to dinner parties and job interviews. The Americans were always concerned about being punctual while the Spanish concept of time was a lot more relaxed and allowed for a fifteen-minute grace period.
The Arabic departments chilling and beautiful poem by Mahmoud Darwish, “I Am An Arab,” left the crowd silent as student Hassan Abbas read and acted out the poem. The department was also supposed to feature a song by Fayrouz but students did not feel comfortable singing that night because of the recent events taking place in Gaza.
The German department read a series of beautiful poems allowing each student to come to the podium and recite a different verse. Poets Christian Morgenstern, Joseph von Eichendorff, Herman Hesse, William Busch and many others were all featured in the department’s performance. They ended with a sing along Beethoven piece in German.
After Lollapalooza, the audience was invited to enjoy refreshments in the lobby where performers, faculty and audience members mingled and enjoyed a variety of foods. Each year, it seems as though Lollapalooza gets more and more creative and enjoyable. We are definitely looking forward to what next year’s performance has to offer.