Images from FURYFactory 2011. (Click on one to enlarge and start slideshow.)
Okay, yes, we disappeared from here for a while. But we were busy! Script, music and movement was finished, workshopped, rehearsed (by two different Bees – thanks, Lindsay and Ben!), and performed. We deserted the blog to make that happen. Sorry about that.
However, you can now see the video from our San Francisco Friday night (June 10) performance here. The first seven minutes or so are just recording our set-up; the performance starts at about 7:30 so you may want to click to start there.
And if you’d like to hear us talk about the process a bit, you can listen in on our talkback from the same night. We start around 10:30, following the talkback for Outlook’s performance.
Many thanks to High Concept Labs in Chicago for hosting our workshop production a couple of weeks ago, and to FoolsFURY Theatre in San Francisco for hosting us at the FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theatre this past week. We’ve had a wonderful time.
Many thanks to Lindsay for capturing some footage of our basic bee movement vocabulary and posting it to youtube. Lindsay and I are creating movement, and Ben will be taking some of it on when we get to San Francisco, so this is a way we can start to share what we’re coming up with. In the video, I just go through some of the basics: some walks, flying options, and (at the very end) a “sting” gesture. I also go through modifications of several of them showing what might happen when the bees are sick, confused, or otherwise struggling in some way. (Note to Ben: Feel free to come up with other movements and post them so we can see!)
We also have a lot of other movement we’ve been developing, primarily for Claire – some of it based on the bee movements, and others based on cooking, writing, emailing, texting, gardening, tasting, etc. If we get a chance maybe we can post some of that – but only if we can find a less complicated way to do it. If anyone out there has suggestions of easy ways to get video from an iphone to youtube, we’d love to hear it!
**(You can also hear some of Josh’s fabulous music in this video as well. Enjoy!)**
I see Claire accepting responsibility after she is stung. I have drawn her as a queen bee, though I’m not sure that’s the idea we’re still going with at this point. I debated whether her journey should be from soft to hard or hard to soft. Yes, she does open up more to the community around her, but she also needs to go into the world to fight for the bees. It’s less that the clothes cut her off from other people as they give her strength in knowing who she is so that she isn’t as afraid to deal with other people.
Michelle asked me to help picture Claire, before and after her transformation. In order to do this I thought about what it’s like to hole up in your house all day long (something I am not unfamiliar with). Dressing up becomes unnecessary, since no one is going to see you. I imagined Claire wearing a bathrobe all day long. Not sexy but comfortable. She’s almost like an immature larvae that doesn’t have a protective shell and has built a cocoon (the walls and screens around her) for protection.
I realize this doesn’t quite work with Claire greeting the audience at the top of the show, but wonder if perhaps it makes more sense for the other character to be the greeter, so that the audience is more connected to the hive, rather than Claire?