We are getting very close. I am oscillating between bliss and ‘oh my we’ve really gone to far this time!’ But everyday we get closer, I get more excited and I think that is a very good sign.
On Monday Ellen (who will dance the woman in the wall) and I (Abi, the unnamed narrator, hi!) had the opportunity to workshop some of our dance sequences with Eliza Sanders. Eliza is an amazing choreographer and cofounder of House of Sand. I have watched and loved her work for years now so it was awesome (and at first kinda scary!) to get to be in the same room as her working on something we are creating! She helped us take our work to another level, and we are going to use our time very wisely and practice heaps to take it to the next-next level! It’s going to be amazing everyone we won’t let you down, because if we did this city is small enough we would probably have to see you on the streets and that wouldn’t do at all.
But on a serious note making this show has been a chance to work with some of my best friends and heroes and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I'm off to rehearsal with Liz Butler right now, but this is a perfect time for you to check out the amazing work Eliza does and to follow this link to fringe.co.nz to get your tickets to our show. They are selling out fast (I hope) so grab a few before it's too late. Bring your mom, bring your best friend, bring your first date, invite your arch-nemesis and discover really you are meant to be lovers. Or just let us terrify them for you :)
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WELL WELL WELCOME! To the first offical Yellow Cat Co/Yellow Wallpaper blog post! Whaaaa? Yea I know, here's your jaw, it's happening. Today, currently, it is the day time and many of our lovely performers are at work doing their day time jobs. I am on my kitchen couch also at work, working to bring you exclusive and beautiful YCC content! HUZZAH!
Tonight we will assemble for Yellow Wallpaper rehearsal! We have been fortunate to rehearse in the performance space which is the incredible Inverlochy Arts School. It is a stunning relic of time's past and certainly conjures a spooky feeling. A "what might be lurking in the shadows" kind of feeling - absolutely superb for our needs. I want to roughly block out transitions and start to figure out how we will marry movement with the narration.
Last week we got to work with the remarkable Robbie from Intimacy Poneke and it couldn't have been more groundbreaking for our process. He was integral to helping us create a foundation for our actors to feel safe. The team learned all about assessing their own boundaries and then sharing them with the other members of the team. I found it to be such a good practice of saying no. What a good reminder. I had an urge to say yes to everything out of politeness and I had to remind myself that taking my time and listening to what I am actually comfortable with can lead to much more trusting scenes. After the intimacy training, Robbie led us through some movement exercises. We did isolations throughout our whole body, starting from head to toe. It was a welcome reminder when Robbie told us to remember varying speeds. We thought about breath and diverse ways of varying the movement. The most exciting part for me was blocking out the movements to "The puppet scene" as Abi calls it. This is a scene where the Woman (played by Abi) is being led through her daily routine by John (played by Karwin)and Jane (played by, me, Liz!). The routine happens twice in the show once at the top and again at the end. The actions by John and Jane stay uniformed and rigid in both scenes but it the Woman who changes. Robbie helped us find such fun ways of presenting that concept and it left me feeling giddy with possibility.
Now the time has come for another rehearsal. It will happen ever so shortly and I must gobble some food and be off to the Inverlochy School! Transitions! Transitions! Transitions! Thanks for reading this far and please come back for more!
PS. I will put a link to Robbie's services in the comments! His company runs workshops quite frequently and I couldn't recommend them more!
HI I'M LIZ ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF YELLOW CAT CO AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE YELLOW WALLPAPER! PLEASE JOIN US WHILE WE DISCOVER HOW TO CULTIVATE A THEATER COMPANY AND DEVISE A SHOW!