Musings

I am freshly returned from Greece, where as Scott (who plays Walters) suggested, I did some much-needed beach and sea research for the show!

Actually, I did think a lot about the project over my holiday – looking at and swimming in the ocean – the water represents such a significant force in Leda’s life and is so formative to her emotional well-being in the play.

I am really struggling with the balance between naturalism and stylization in the show and trying to puzzle my way through the fusion of the many disparate elements – music, video, movement, but with text very much in the driver’s seat– to create a cohesive visceral work.  The texture of the project feels different from a lot of my other projects but I am eager to find my way into it.

Dramaturgy and Rewrites

Jenny and I got to do a short post-mortem over dinner right after the August workshop, but are looking forward to further conversations with each other and the design staff about how to strengthen the project.

Shooting coming up on Jones Beach and Lower East Side

Tal, Jenny and I will meet in the next couple of weeks to further conceptualize the video and plan our upcoming shoot with Okwui and Todd at the end of this month. We plan to create some new footage showing the everyday past life of Leda and the Stranger as well as reshoots of a bunch of beach and water stuff.

Other design developments

We plan to interview and hire the lighting and costume designers over the next couple of weeks and have a design meeting at the end of the month. I can’t wait to see the next iteration of the set that David is working on.

This afternoon, we stumbled through this epic show in about 1 hour 50 minutes  (the show needs to be 90 minutes but we will get there) – kudos and thanks to our phenomenal cast and design staff for tackling this piece so gamely in such a condensed period – we are so grateful for your talent and enthusiasm –

Jenny and I had a great dinner talking about what we found and what we were still missing- i foresee edits and changes to the different storylines

I can’t wait to get back into rehearsal on this in December!  Thanks all!

Today we started to work out  how the group scenes work. We have several times in this show when all six characters are on stage trying to get their needs met. Fun!  Hard!  (especially when working so fast….. we are trying to sketch in the whole play this week so we can get a sense of the rhythm of the whole piece by Monday for the open rehearsal.)

Lots, lots of little line changes . (Jenny!)

We made a dent today on how sound might work in the show. Talk with Kamala and Matt on when the big sound bed shifts occur – and what Leda (Okwui) does to cause those shifts. Matt implementing lots of fun, little q’s throughout the day. Kamala off composing some of the new ideas……

Trying to figure out with Tal and Jenny about if its ok for Josh (Stephen) to be a video artist or if its better if he’s a photographer — what are the repercussions of him shooting video of Leda and projecting that for the audience to see—— what do we gain, what do we lose? thinking overnight and will reconvene in the am …

A fun, fun  day.

Lots of table work with Okwui, Scott and Rudy and some exciting stumbling around and  discovering stuff on our feet and on the analytical couch.

Talk with Okwui about Leda’s physicality/gestural work  in the songs – we’re thinking it is a journey from a kind of stylized ornate choreography to a simpler, more directly emotional approach.

Long talk with Matt and Kamala about how the sound design works – how much underscoring throughout, how realistic, how much affect/impact Leda has on the sound

Also, how does the last song / the end of the show work – what is the punctuation that ends this? is it video, gestural, sound, all of them  —–

What do you think?

Rock goddess Leda feels it coming, from deep down, from the ocean.  It won’t bow to her grief.  Hear it?  Lust, longing, life, chaos.  The music.  The Stranger.  SOUNDING is a new cross-disciplinary production for seven characters that pays homage to Ibsen’s LADY FROM THE SEA.  It synthesizes cinematic video from Leda’s point of view with dialogue and an original songscape influenced by Patti Smith, Bartok and Portishead.  Written by Jennifer Gibbs and directed by Kristin Marting.

We will have an open rehearsal at 4pm on August 24.  Email me if you are interested in coming – we only have space for a limited number of folks but would love to have some thoughtful eyes and ears.