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We thought that it would be fun to share our ugliest photos with you all, since there have been so many great photos taken in  the past few weeks during SOUNDING- Call it a line up, call it silly, or just plain ugly, here we are!

Ms. Gibbs!

Not so secret... Irene and Rudy

Deer in the headlights- Stephen!

The fearless leader- New Haircut face.

This woman isn't so into it. She's like, a famous actress or something...

Ana: Shocked and shot from above

Taili: There ya go. Tongue and all!

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Saturday, February 20th

photo: Nick Vaughan

photo: Nick Vaughan

SOUNDING PANORAMIC

Week Three finished up strong and we’re into our last week before loading into the HERE Arts Center Mainstage for tech.  Check it out- Week in Review:

Friday, January 22

Okwui worked through the opening for Act III with Tal and Jane building cues madly through the course of the day.  These sequences are intricately designed in conjunction with script and acting discoveries on a daily basis.  The full cast joined in the afternoon to work through Act III.  Seeing the piece in larger chunks is beneficial and also raises contanst questions.

Saturday, January 23

Today we revisitied Act II, working through the end beat by beat before we ran the show from top to almost bottom!  We’re, um, a bit over time but, no worries… early stages…

Monday, January 25

Rudy and Irene.  Stephen and Ana.  There were sparks all day.

Tuesday, January 26

All I can remember from today was major conversation about the ending.  WHAT HAPPENS TO LEDA? is a question still debated in this rehearsal room; raising it effectively keeps everyone in the room at the emotional stakes we hope our audience will find during the performance.

Wednesday, January 27

Today we began work on our closing sequences for each act which  heavily involve video and sound similar to our opening sequences.  The past rehearsals have emphasized finding parallels, reflections, and echos between scenes and the video is clarifying these attempts throughout.  Oh, and we choreographed cake sex.

More rehearsal photos to come!

JK

And we’re moving along…

Slightly more than half-way through Week 3 of rehearsals and we’re on our way to a full work thru this Saturday!  As the scenes have begun to take shape we’re adding layers of nuance and connectivity among the actors who remain onstage through the whole piece.  Jenny Gibbs, our playwright, has kept our sights on the mythology of the piece and the emotional signposts that guide each act: terror, seduction, and sacrifice.  Elenna will be posting some really cool background on the mythology used in the play so keep your eyes peeled for that.  Here’s the week in review thus far:

Monday, January 18

We worked through Act II today.  Our gals worked out some choreography with a fabric portion of our set that serve as screens for projected video images.  While the track for the fabric was tenuous we discovered some beautiful imagery.  Check it out.

Tuesday, January 19

Today Jane and Tal worked the opening sequence for Act II while Okwui and Kristin played around to find choreography for Leda’s seductive duet.  Rudy came in to work on his monologue and found some amazing physicality while giving the stretched-thin production team a much needed crack-up.

Wednesday, January 20

Well-deserved day off!

Thursday, January 21

Jane and Tal repeated the magic today and created a lovely song sequence for the top of Act III.  Each sequence they create builds from its previous counterpart and the arc of the whole piece is really becoming apparent in the rehearsal room.

We’re working towards run throughs and the final week of rehearsals before we start teching, but for right now we are still discovering new things every day.  The script changes, the actors are making exciting choices, cues are being written, sequences being built and we’re glimpsing the fruits of our labor.  We have a long way to go but those glimpses are promising!

Woo hoo. We are two weeks into rehearsal and have made it about 2/3 of the way through the piece -lots to do but getting the spine of the piece into place

what an awesome cast — we have been thrilled to have Michael Pemberton join us as Walters.

Jenny’s been furiously rewriting as we work thru and the script is getting into really great shape.

we’ve begun weaving in some sound by Jane Shaw and lots of video by Tal Yarden with more integration of all these elements to come in the upcoming week –

Made some exciting changes to the 3rd song with Kamala and Okwui to express more of Leda’s emotional state.

we are so grateful to have a rehearsal space two blocks from HERE – donated so generously by our neighbors, Trinity Real Estate. It is about the size of our theatre and enables us to work spatially like we would in the real theatre – this will make the transition into the theatre a lot easier —

look for regular posts on dramaturgy for the piece from Elenna Mosoff and rehearsal tales from Jen Kraus —

Its been ages since we have posted anything but there are lots of exciting developments.

Upcoming Work-in-Progress Showing

We are going into rehearsal next week to look at the first song swim and the Stranger’s return with Okwui (Leda), Tal (video) and Jane Shaw (our new sound designer).  We will show what we develop on Thursday December 17 at 7pm  at HERE – its free and there will be free wine!

Production Staff

We are thrilled to have some fantastic new collaborators on the project – Nick Vaughan on sets, Rie Ono on lights, Liz Bourgeois on costumes, Jane Shaw on sound, Emily Rea as stage manager, Jennifer Kraus as assistant director.

Script Development

Jenny is working on rewrites. She and I continue to meet frequently for dramaturgical sessions to refine and reshape the script. We’re getting really excited about how things are coming along.

Saturday’s video shoot:
Okwui, Todd, Tal and his son, Ivo.

photo

Kristin Marting
Artistic Director, HERE
kristin@here.org

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