For today's movement exploration, we walked around the room. Filling the gaps, making eye contact with each other, physically communicating our intentions so as to not bump into one another. Ricky then would call out a number, and we would come together in separate groups with that amount of people, keeping the heartbeat of the ensemble that we established.
When we split off into these different worlds; the church, the castle, the madhouse - how do we stay in tune with each other? DO we stay in tune with each other? Or do these worlds have their own rhythm? How, if at all, can we keep the central heartbeat of the ensemble when we split off?
Kiera, Hamish, and I learned a couple of songs in music call today. Ricky and Bobby (our composer writing original music for this production) are inspired by various songs that conflate love with madness - and also songs that aren't very appropriate the more you analyze its lyrics (e.g., "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, anything by R. Kelly, or "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett and The Union Gap.)
One of the songs we learned was very much in the "Young Girl" realm - in which the singer is in love with a girl that might be a little too young. Kiera was stood in the middle - Hamish and I stood on either side of her. And I couldn't help but think about the Alsemero, Beatrice, and Deflores trio.
A moment where the madhouse reflects the castle. Hmmm.......
Mikko Juan (Ensemble)