enter theater (pablo)

•March 17, 2009 • 1 Comment

first rehearsal in the theater. great new information, a refreshment for the eyes: het veem is quite a beautiful space, very idiosyncratic, somehow very cozy… I enjoyed very much today’s warm up. it made me think of all the beautiful materials, all the specific movement researches in this process that are, if not left out, at leas very restrained in their use in the choreography. which is fine, but also triggers some melancholy, a certain missing that which hasn’t happened.

I don’t know how did time pass so quickly, but it was great to manage the 2 runs. I know people are very tired, and that everyone’s days are very long, but at the same time we won’t have many opportunities to work in the space, so it’s great to make a thorough use of that time. on wednesday we will be able to work a bit after the tech-run, but afterwards we will have barely a daily hour to warm-up and discuss things, so not much time to really focus on changes or specific things.

in any case, going back to the runs, it was quite strange how different they were. the first one was very dragged and clumsy in timing, and yet it did seem to have a proper duration (a bit over 30′). I was completely surprised with the 2nd run being only 22’… somehow too short while, on the other hand, it had a much better timing and worked quite well. I hope we will find a compromise between both.

it’s funny how in the theater it seems to get much darker, but I think several things operate. besides the space being bigger than the studio (specially in terms of height), I think there were 2 issues at play. one is the distance, the fact that the performers were not so close to the audience. the other one is the emergency exit light from the back… it’s amazing how any little bit of other light can completely destroy what the choice of just one TL creates. I think it is very crucial to get that light out.

I was also quite happy today to finally get to try (more or less) all trhoughout a soundscape for the piece. I think there need be some adjustments, but it was great to feel that some of the ideas do work and that in the worst case scenario it could even be done with this recording. but, luckily enough, Merijn will have some time to retouch it.

I am looking forwards to seeing the Whole Thing, including the proper break with the jumping, breaking the TLs, etc, etc… Stephie’s role is working, though her choreography is still a bit messy. costumes are done, and it’s actually the first time in my life that I am quite happy and convinced about how they work. the lighting is sort of radical, still a bit on the edge but I like its roughness and a sort of fragility in it? I think the soundscape will be a very good layer. the spatial choices are very exciting. and the whole material and the performing is also very exciting. it is also fragile, on the verge of failing, but sometimes (maybe because of that) very exciting. I am glad to have found a deal in which I had to give up (part) of the control over the materials, and though it is very demanding for the performers, I think it’s totally worth it. and: that at least these performers are up to the challenge.

I’m very happy, all in all. I finished today’s rehearsal quite energized. I was sorry to see everyone so tired, but I tried not to let it get in my way. it was very important to see things coming together. many of the practicalities are getting sorted out, and though we still need to arrange things (that’s what we have rehearsals and tech rehearsals for…), it seems pretty much on the way…

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what a shitty title that was (refer to previous post)

•March 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

cool things (pablo)

•March 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

today’s practice was very beautiful. it had it’s moments, some better, some less better, of course, but all in all it was quite amazing to see you guys stay in the work for such a long frame. your concentration and the liveliness of your decision making + seeing the space are very interesting materials in themselves.

the run was a bit messy, and I’m sorry for that. but I am anyways quite confident that this new structure will work well. there is a complex issue of timing, which is essential for the piece to work, but which is not about cueing and cool timing together. I think it is difficult because there needs to be two quite autonomous tracks (the 4 people on one, Stephie and the TLs in the other), both with specific timing needs that need to be overlapped but not logically connected. I mean that the timing of one track should not affect the other (it is in that sense that I mean there is no cueing), but they do need to sort of complement each other… wow, come to think about it, maybe there is where the polyphony really appears: it’s not a harmonic construction of ‘chords’ on top of a melodic line (such as, the TLs accompanying the dances) but rather 2 lines evolving on their own, yet articulated in their cohabitation of the space. and this articulation, I think, is the thinking of their timings in relation to each other.

Stephie’s role seems a lot more clear now (Lotte also observed that), in spite of how complicated it was to rehearse it today. I like it a lot to see her much more integrated into the group and again, though in a completely different track, she belongs clearly to the ‘performers’. it works much better to have her cross the space, go through the group and relate to the space in a similar way (through the use of the eyes). her task(s) are still much more reduced than the group’s, and her choreography is independent from theirs, but now it looks very natural that she would share their performativity.

I am getting excited… and though it’s not so easy to know what and how to rehearse from here, I think the perspective is very good. I had the feeling today that sometimes the work before the run is too exhausting, but it also seems to clarify and enhance some senses. in any case we don’t have so much time left. we will probably be running it more in the next few days.

prepare yourselves for some jumping…

Post frequency (Ingrid)

•March 13, 2009 • 5 Comments

There are two posts to be found written by Ingrid in the blog. Hereby, the third one.

– Slightly insulted performer (21)

desire (pablo)

•March 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

it would be nice to have some private time, you and me work alone for a while (we’ll have that tomorrow, oh yes…). I still feel quite shaken and want a bit of that cozyness.

changos: I can’t thank you guys enough for your commitement and capacity. you’re amazing. thanks.

PS: when I wrote desire in the subject I remembered Ingrid’s (only) post; where is that sense of humour, woman? bring it back… this blog could use some more random posts, is too serious, it needs an appropriate percentage of humour

productive hardcore (pablo)

•March 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

today’s rehearsal was very important. something in the timing of how things got scheduled was not so great, because I felt overstressed and that I didn’t have enough energy and mind space for Maria and Igor (sorry about that Maria and Igor). and I felt like I also didn’t have enough energy and mind space and clarity for the performers (sorry performers) and for the choreography (sorry choreography).

in any case it was productive and good. I’m glad that we managed (somehow) to do the 2 runs, trying some variations and differences. I thought it moved things forward, and that’s good. what we have, we have already, and we can always use it. I was thinking today that it might be interesting to go back to the structure of the dry run with just a couple of very specific changes. would be an interesting experiment.

some reactions to Lotte’s comment (pablo)

•March 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I think form is the ultimate aspect that supports and/or obstructs the connection with the audience. every thing we do conditions how the next thing can be perceived, and the overall set of relations between the different components of the piece also affects the way these components can be perceived. I think that reordering sections, or taking a small part out could completely transform the piece, in the sense that it could completely transform the audience’s relation to what’s coming next. Like when you mention the idea to use the breaking of the TL to change scenes… then, I do like the idea of repetition a lot but again, I am wary of the form seeming to be too important.

I think you found a very good way to put things when you talk about a shift in how the audience is invited to look. and again, I think this shift is the structure.

I agree that maybe making Stephie’s role less subtle can be a good idea (we were actually already talking today about her going even more across the space of the others).