Thursday, March 2, 2006

Day 2 - BOOT CAMP


6-6:10 Brainstorm – reactions, synthesized moments, gestures
6:10-6:30 Snake – a performance
6:30-6:35 Jump
6:35 – 7:30 Viewpoints
7:30-7:40 Break
7:40 – 8:10 Jump Rope
8:10 – 8:40 Run/Jump Pairs
8:40 – 9:10 Suzuki
9:10-9:20 Break
9:20 – 10:20 Transitions
10:20 – 10:55 Chase


The idea behind the Out Of HAND Boot Camp style of creating theater has several objectives.

1. To develop strength, balance and focus.
2. To create a keen sense of ensemble. To have a group of performers who share a physical and vocal vocabulary.
3. To develop a show specific skill set

For CARTOON specifically, we are focusing on Group Jump Rope as a skill and will be working on that throughout the rehearsal. In developing the Opening number/Theme Song for the CARTOON world in this show, we intend to have a lovely, complex and exciting jump rope number ... so we will take the time to learn and create such a thing.

These first days focus is also on discovering and creating the physical style of the play. Since we are working with the notion of CARTOON stereotypes, we are searching for how to make lines, pictures, and effects that relate to or bring the audience closer to the CARTOON world. It's tricky. Gravity is different in animated landscapes. Characters can often fly. Death has little meaning or bearing. Jump cuts do wonders for story telling.

Today, we found some interesting new ways to capture movement in still pictures. We got all of the characters jumping in the same rope. We exhausted our ab muscles in Suzuki training. We captured a series of CARTOON gestures that will be the beginning palate for the style of the show.

Everyone is sore and exhausted. It's been a good 2 days.
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