Improv: (notes)
RULES:
1.) The piece is 1 hour long; no more, no less.
2.) Chorus speak for all parts and do not move.
3.) Actors improv with either abstract movement or conventional movement.
4.) Anthony (music) leads; actors follow his sonic direction.
5.) Once we start we do not stop.

The Performance:
Jessie: In the ending I was able to reflect on the process and how I felt about what was going on (was it slow/fast/positive/negative?)

Beginning moment:
- Lindsay: heels are tough.
- Katie: Couple of character traits that appeared:
  • Gray- hands in pockets.
  • Trevor- spiraling.
  • G & T- lot of comedy
- Anthony:
  • When T & G enter the sound has a sort of "march" to it (emulates the "soldier" nature of the two men)
- Katie: Lot of traveling btw the characters.
- Jeremy: There was a moment when Jessie had the fan in btw her knees (interesting moment)
- Katie: The beginning sets the tone of the piece.
- Anthony: Worried about audience coming in, hearing Mariah Carrie, and commenting on the show
- Katie: it's not recognizable enough. It's NOT satisfying, which is GOOD.
- Katie: "inside voices" ??
- Katie: interesting set up of the three women that resembled a sort of family. Keep it, work with it. It was sort of "sistery."
- Jessie: I've been very interested in exploring what I'm saying and what I'm NOT saying but Lily is saying for me.
- Katie: we have a lot of potential for Annie to mirror the movements that you [Jessie] are doing.
- Peter: The shapes changed so much--> The women began very structured and stiff while the men were very flowy.
- Katie: Jessie was doing a very deconstructed/abstracted version of the "pop-lock-and-drop"/"bend-and-snap" motion.
- Katie: Jessie was getting on the ground while traveling somewhere. This horizontal feel related to the act of traveling is interesting.
- Katie: There was a narrative that T&G added in about needing to get somewhere. There was a lot of playing and fighting that was very iconic "boy" stuff.
- Peter: The levels shared btw T&G was an interesting addition to the act of traveling.
- Jeremy: G trying to elevate T was interesting.
- Katie: Jessie spent some time dragging body parts around. She would drop a part of her body and PERHAPS Annie could put her back together.
- Katie: Jessie's shoe/fan shrine.
- During the dynamic dance segment:
  • Jessie: The memories became more corrosive/painful (there was more chaos)
  • Trevor: I was trying to get to her, draw her in.
  • Stephen: First time Trevor and Jessie touch.
  • Anthony: There's a man who has a few outcries.
    • Katie: I wonder if we can have the actors emulate those types of outcries in their dialogue.
  • Katie: there was a sense that Jessie was hallucinating at this point
- Katie: There was NOT a lot of stillness in today's work (which is to be expected), but this is something that we will work towards later on.
- Katie: With such poetic language, finding very literal moments is key.
- Katie: I had a sense of "regularness" when Gray brought the x-mas tree out.
- Katie: the music cut-outs were nice.
- Katie: the shadow play was beautiful. Is there a way that we could incorporate?

Last 20 mins.
- Lily: It was interesting to see Jessie and Trevor have this long span of time together to find different levels of being "together" (post-marriage)
- Jessie: Where do we want the play to end?
  • Katie: a swift ending is valuable. We want to have a final build to a climactic moment that is immediately ended upon.
- Katie: towards the end when the Chorus read one line every few minutes it was as though their lines became titles for scenes we then watched take place on stage.
- Lily: There were moments where our (the chorus) inflections gave attitude to the lines.
- Anthony: We might explore recording the chorus and doubling/manipulating their lines/voices.
- Katie: This week I would like to work on having Jessie speak and the chorus members imitate the way Jessie is speaking or even harmonize.
- Katie: tonight the actors were emoting while the chorus was apathetic or neutral, I wonder if we might invert that one rehearsal.


Hey guys, here are some dance/lighting inspirations that spoke to me after our first rehearsal. Potentially completely inappropriate, but things that interest me and came to me while rolling around on the ground yesterday.

-Jer

Fuerzabruta

Chunky Move