Dance and Dreams in Divines

The French movie Divines (2016), directed by Uda Benyamina, looks into the tragic reality of people that are not born privileged and have to find their place in the world, making money and becoming adults a lot sooner than their peers. Dounia is a young adult searching for her identity in a very unfair world. Her mother is not concerned about her wellbeing and the … Continue reading Dance and Dreams in Divines

Social Discoing: The Persistence of Party Culture

Clubbing and COVID-19 are not a match made in heaven, to say the least. While the two completely juxtapose one another, club owners and managers are trying desperately to work within restrictions to keep their businesses afloat. Prior to the 10pm curfew, many club goers were offered a COVID-friendly way to enjoy a booze-fuelled night with their friends. Table service and seated dancing acted as … Continue reading Social Discoing: The Persistence of Party Culture

“No One Wants to See a Fat Cheerleader”: Using Body Shaming as a Weapon in Female Conflict

I’ve realised that Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006) was one of the formative films of my childhood. It was hardly a critically acclaimed masterpiece but, in a modest way, the film attempted to tackle the issues of race and class, adhering to and deviating from teenage stereotypes in equal measure. As well as this, there are cheerleading routines galore, an amazing noughties soundtrack and an appearance from a young Rihanna – what more could you want from a film? Continue reading “No One Wants to See a Fat Cheerleader”: Using Body Shaming as a Weapon in Female Conflict

Review: Dare Me

Once more I was lured in by the banner at the top of my Netflix flaunting a new series. This time it was Dare Me. On the surface it seemed to be a Riverdale-esque teen drama, centred around cheerleaders. Given that Riverdale is my guilty pleasure and being a member of the University’s Cheerleading and Gymnastics squads, I was inevitably drawn to the show. However, within the first episode it was clear that this series was both badly written and should certainly contain a trigger warning, given its appalling treatment of body image and eating disorders. The acting was generally poor, and the so-called cheerleading was even worse, and borderline laughable. The reckless treatment of mental health issues, as well as the bizarre plot, made me quickly realise I would not be recommending Dare Me to my lockdown-bound friends. Continue reading Review: Dare Me

Hard To Say Goodbye: Cheesy Tuesdays

Ah, Cheesy Tuesdays. How I wish I hadn’t taken you for granted. I used to scoff at any suggestion to return to the sticky tiles of the Unit 1 dance floor, with a VK in hand, pressed up against eager, sweaty freshers. “Will they ever change the playlist?” I would cry. “If I have to hear that bloody Grease mash-up one more time, I will go up to the DJ and sock him one for lack of creativity!” What a fool I look now, pining after one last predictable, old-fashioned cheesy boogie whenever ABBA plays on the radio. Hindsight is a wonderful, heart-breaking thing. Continue reading Hard To Say Goodbye: Cheesy Tuesdays

Introduction to K-pop

How does K-pop work? Let’s get the basics down first.

K-pop stars, referred to as idols, are singers, dancers, and/or rappers. They may be part of a group, or a soloist (though sometimes, an idol in a group may release a solo, whilst continuing to promote and be a part of their group!) They’re also skilled at variety, as a big part of their job when promoting their music is to go on variety programs, such as Weekly Idol or Hello Counsellor. In fact, an idol’s personality is a crucial aspect of their career, as the genre greatly depends on an idol’s persona to attract and maintain a loyal fanbase (which then gets its own specific name. That’s why you’ll hear BTS fans be referred to as Army).  Continue reading Introduction to K-pop

Review: Ballet Boyz – Fourteen Days

The concept behind ‘fourteen days’ is simple – four choreographers are paired up with four composers and are given fourteen days to create new pieces of dance and music, all centred around the concept of balance and imbalance. This experiment in the artistic process formed the first half of the performance, and the results are mixed. Initially excited about watching an award-winning innovative dance company … Continue reading Review: Ballet Boyz – Fourteen Days

Why You Should Join Razz Magazine

Are you a creative person with a passion for writing? Then Razz Magazine is the society for you to join. As Exeter University’s only Arts & Lifestyle magazine, our articles cover theatre, music, literature, baking, travel, and fashion pieces. Whatever your interests are, we are bound to cater to them. We always want to hear fresh ideas for articles, so at Razz you will have … Continue reading Why You Should Join Razz Magazine

Review: May-We-Go-Round?

The Hiccup Project, a new theatre and dance company founded by real-life best friends Cristina MacKerron and Chess Dillon-Reams, brought their debut piece May-we-go-round? to the Exeter Phoenix last Tuesday. Cristina and Chess first met at school and growing up together they have experienced everything from first loves to heartbreaks. After finding an old diary recording Chess’s love life from when they were 10 years … Continue reading Review: May-We-Go-Round?