(Note: the group has had several rehearsals prior to this one, in which we brought in material to “jam” with. The rehearsal log starts here, with the first week that the ensemble actually performing the show was to be in attendance. Andrew is abroad for three months and will only participate tangentially. Mayu and Mari have recently rejoined the group.)
For this rehearsal we all brought in anecdotes about a time in our lives we felt isolated. We began working by making a shape with our bodies close together and entangled, upstage centre. Once satisfied with the shape, Robert and I stood stage right and Bjarke and Kira stage left. We spent time just standing, being present in the space, acknowledging one another across the room, and then as Graig dimmed the lights, we made our way upstage centre and created our shape. Then one by one we peeled off, walked over to a microphone and read our anecdotes. Once each person finished they walked over to a stool and sat, either facing or with their back to, the audience. We tried this sequence with many different variations initiated by Graig, including switching to the person’s native language.
After a break, we picked up with the anecdotes again. This time with the musically gifted Robert playing various kinds of piano music behind each anecdote. It was interesting to see how having lounge jazz or sad theme music changed the overall feel of the anecdote being told.
After some discussion of what we discovered in the rehearsal and some of Graig’s ideas and musings on the show, we were given our weekly homework assignment. Next week everyone will bring in a piece of writing about Boyd, a man who appeared in some text brought in by Andrew a few rehearsals a go.