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The Cardinals

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The Cardinals

We’ve just added a new page to the site which will tell you a little more about the above which is currently in rehearsal.

Thanks to Graeme Braidwood for the photography.

The Cardinals is a Domaine d’O commission.

Clowning in France

Friday, September 24th, 2010

domainelaunch

All the timing worked perfectly yesterday. Apollo Steps is planned and we finished the planning immediately before Domaine d’O’s winter Season launch began.

This event was essentially a two hour long advertisement for the venue. Artists talked in rotation to groups of people about the shows they are bringing. I, along with other artists and the venue’s director talked to the whole crowd about more shows arriving. Video clips gave glimpses of yet more performances to come and there was a tiny taste of live music. The whole procedure took two hours and ran twice to a combined crowd of well over six hundred. Amazingly it seemed to work! People stayed focused and appeared to enjoy it, thanks in no small part to a clown I know only as Luc, who did an wonderful job as MC, frankly they should get him in to host the Oscars.

As soon as the last audience member had left and we had all finished eating the heavens opened and, despite running for our cars, everyone got utterly drenched. Cue further excellent clown action as a mini convoy of cars entirely failed to negotiate a portion of the city’s one-way system barely 10m from our hotel.

Ford-ist Approach

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

It’s always interesting to learn how things work on the factory floor. It sounds from Graeme’s blog entry, that there’s something Ford-ist about the process of delivering The Cleansing of Constance Brown.

James

Constance Brown In Montpellier: Nearly Over

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Constance Brown has nearly done its thing in Montpellier. The show is in good shape. We’ve been deploying the British Cycling Team’s principle of constantly trying to find marginal improvements in every aspect of the show to make the whole show better. To the mock chagrin of Ray Newe I now particularly like a moment after The Mirrors scene in which all the doors are closed and there’s no one in the corridor. The corridor is a powerful presence in the show and this moment, with lights on full behind the doors and thus the corridor criss-crossed with needle thin lines of light, although it carries no intrinsic meaning, is powerful and seemingly important nonetheless. Nina after a extended period of negotiations with the mixing desk has perfected a very pleasing way of getting to silence following the exit of ‘the orange billowing mass’. Where previously she’d always been disappointed having to fade the music out (the duration of orange mass billowing is notoriously variable), now she is delighted to cut the source of the music dead and with swirl of reverb.

Of All The People In All The World is still looking good in Montpellier and one presumes, in Aberystwyth where Jack is gearing up to give his first Stan’s Cafe talk. Go Jack go!

James

Constance Brown In Montpellier: Get In

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

The Montpellier get-in is super-smooth. Fresh from Mainz people are in the groove, it’s not such a memory stretch. The theatre’s floor is level and true, no chocking required. The local tech team is top notch. We are flying.

This is the six door version sat on their stage with seats taken out of their rake so the audience sit on the risers there are nine rows so a minimum capacity of forty five, but with bleacher style seating who knows, it could go higher if the audience show.

There is a plan afoot to have a back stage audience here, as in Toronto, except there with a balcony it was discreet and somehow detached. Here they will be in the wings and up close. With luck all performers have remembered to pack their industrial underwear.

James

Travelling Home From The Domaine d’O

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Yesterday marked the official start of our three-year relationship with Domaine d’O, a beautiful and intriguing venue in Montpellier. Set mostly within a formal walled garden the venue has a series of formal performance spaces inside and outside as well as untold potential for performances in less formal settings. For the opening we set up Of All The People All The World in the first floor gallery space of the Chateau d’O, where it runs for a fortnight. Next week this is joined by The Cleansing of Constance Brown, fresh from a great response and glowing reviews in Mainz, which will be squeezed, in its six-door version, onto the stage of Theatre d’O.

Then, in an extraordinary development, we are in their brochure for March with a question mark beside our name. We will be back, but with what no one yet knows. Throughout, the venue’s director, Christopher Crimes, has been determined upset convention. The launch of the reorganised venue and its first season was trailed merely by cryptic posters stating simply “La lune vous attend le 21 September au Domaine d’O” which I suspect means “the moon awaits you…”. The pre-season press-conference was held just an hour before gates opened to the public. Christopher didn’t give a big speech to the thousand people; he remained anonymous. Instead, instead with keys, pencils and brochures awaiting their annotations, the public were led in groups of ten, following various coloured lanterns, through the grounds and into ‘conversations’ with artists whose work would be seen later in the season.

Whilst 300 people visited Of All The People, Chris Dugrenier and I performed our Stan’s Cafe ‘conversations’ in a small dressing room behind the theatre. Chris acted as my interpreter as I introduced the company, it’s origins, history and philosophy. Unfortunately it turns out I’m an arrogant git and Chris exacts revenge via her unreliable translation, first of my words and then my thoughts. It felt like a neat little performance well received. It has however reminded me that I should avoid acting at pretty much all costs..

Finally, an observant reader may ask why this major arts event took place on a Monday evening. Well as previously noted Mr. Crimes is looking to break with convention and so, for the foreseeable future, and for reasons he has explained to me and mostly convinced me of, Domaine d’O will be following a lunar calendar.

James


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