Sunday, 2 May 2010

Where I am and garment design for Leaves Woman

I am sorry to say that my exploration has not been developed much at all since we left Japan. Or even, my memory is washed out by other things happening everyday.
I have indeed tremendous anxiety on our coming performance. I am extremely frustrated that the rehearsal scheduling has been very difficult for us. It is the most important thing for me to move the body and see what others do in order to grow my art. Without doing do, there is no development.

So I look back my blog. I am glad that I did this. For leave woman, I have to stick on this idea.

Leaves Woman 1
Reflection on Improv at Symposium

The most important things to keep in our mind are these ( I call these the essence of performance):

the sensorial information coming from leaves-
smell (Maki will create this?)
tactile texture (something fragile, which I can either destroy or cherish, / I will keep the tactile hand movement playing with leaves)
sound (it will be recorded sound manipulated via sensors. Oded has already done some experiments: Audio Visual Demos)
colours and shapes (do we have projected leaves?)

my personal associations drown from the sensorial information-
memory, secret, regret

The problem we are facing is that we cannot have the real leaves due to its ephemeral nature. However, the experience we have had is not ephemeral. It stays with us. The things that stayed with me are the ones above. So I will stick on them and they won't change even without the leaves. We shall try to create the scenography that conveys the essence to the audience.

Talking the garment, I have no clear idea. It almost feels like we have to think subtracted way first (quite Zen and very me). What is not necessary? What has to remain?

Then I look at the essence: smell/ tactile texture/ sound/ colours and shapes

Smell- Leave perfume on garment so it smells as I move?
Tactile texture- Fragile or delicate texture that implies the ephemeral nature of leaves
Sound- I am not sure if sound is important on this garment
Colours and shapes- could be undefined to show the ephemeral nature of leaves

What I am personally interested is 'undefined garment'. Rather than changing the garment from Red mutant woman to Leaves woman, it would be nice if we can transform it from one to the next. I imagine the transformation can be done with creation scene. I don't know how long the scene is but I could transform the world and myself gradually. I am not going to be naked in front of everyone. What I think is more like taking off layers like an insect metaphors and the remain could be part of the scenography if we like.

Last question to answer. The location of sensors. I would thing it needs to be on my hand or fingers since that is the only body part that I have mentioned as I describe the essence. And also it is easy to control the sensors on the hand, considering I have little time to explore the system.

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