This is basically how rehearsals look like. Some of them.
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Rie Manaloto for Wait For It, Sydney Australia, January 2015. Post by Rie Manaloto
Loads of fun and brainwork at rehearsal. Man, how time flies! We are only a couple of weeks away from performance day. We were too diligent to be in uni rehearsing during the intra-session break. How good it actually made us feel! Ha-ha!
Looking over the overall impact and quality of the performance, the team had to consider the helpful suggestions and insights put forth by the people in our class during the workshop. It was kind of thrilling to try out some new things and to tweak some parts a bit so it would create a better effect. We know that there is still a lot to engineer in terms of structure, dynamics and overall impact. We have scheduled our last filming day (plus general rehearsal) next Friday to continue to polish and memorise our parts.
One of the highlights of this day was actually lunchtime! Funny how we had our “lunch break” first, before actually rehearsing. We also discovered that our Amabelle is a great cook! Her thoughtfulness is as sumptuous as the very special homemade lasagne she prepared for us. It’s definitely saying hello to truckloads of kilocals to burn! Nevertheless, it was just so finger-licking good and we had quite an amazing time!
Finally, the day of our workshop presentation has come into full view. The day was scheduled for presenting a substantial portion of our work in progress. Definitely, a nerve-racking one. The team, I must say, was well prepared, and pretty much presented 80 percent of the overall project. The first part comprised the first two minutes of the film, still not scored (because we’re opening doors for suggestions, insightful ideas, etc from the class). The second bit was the skit and live music in which all the action took place!
The performance gained a combination of really complimentable, helpful and hypercritical feedback(s). All in all, these comments surely have stirred up our brains and helped us improve our present material. There were really interesting stuff some people have pointed up, like the use of a can of Pringles as an instrument. Quite cool, huh? Oh, well. We’re hoping to finish everything not less than a couple of weeks before performance day.
We are now really getting so close to the workshop day! It is our second rehearsal day (or probably the last of the most comfortable ones) and we finally got to deliberate clearly and profusely the things that we will be carrying out in the next few days through the workshop day. We have all come in to create, conceptualise, strategise, brainstorm and plan what to present on Thursday. Everyone’s role for the performance is defined as well, because it is one of the ‘confronting’ questions that is normally asked by the lecturer. And I am just so happy to be in a group that is dynamic, proactive and creative to a great extent. Hallelu, sistah!
The live performance is partly improvised, partly structured. We love improvisation! I personally think that it is an extremely creative process that all musicians (and all other artists of any kind) need to learn and master. It is where your mind’s biological sense of imagination and spontaneity are unfettered and you get lost in the material. Improvisation for me is an enormous part of what makes a musical performance supremely special. I think it is the lifeblood of music.
The team has not come up with a title for the group’s performance, although ideas and insights are being raised. Hopefully it’ll sound as cool as how the production will look and sound like. What we got to do now is to just memorise our parts and take it all to heart so it will come out natural and real.
So, what do we plan to do on stage? As I said in my previous posts, the group will be starting to range over the components of the second half of the live performance.
I would break the rule if I stipulate the products of our conceptualisation on this blog. But on the whole, the performance is a combination of the important things we have learned over the years of studying in the university with the intention of even promoting the course.
It is scrupulously challenging to come up with a material that is creative, interesting, and clever; a material that also embodies the new knowledge, learnings and expertise we have gained in the three years we were doing the course, in a manner that is engaging and fun to watch. In other words, erratic. At the moment, the team is trying to get rid of the ‘creative mediocrity’ (although the concept of it is truly subjective), and break through the conventions and just be cool on stage.
Our workshop for the project is on next week, along with all the other weighty assessments (I know, how awesome! I am in imminent danger of gaining some weight!). A day will be set for formal rehearsals soon to finalise what we are presenting in the Thursday workshop next week. Just hoping for the best, the most creative, the most artistic!