[Journaling] Summative work #6

Reflection on VIDEO

Julie Taymor: Spider-Man, The Lion King and life on the creative edge

Julie Taymoi, a director of musical Lion King and other musicals, operas and theatre , is an epitome of Avant-garde performer. She is an experimental and pre-eminent director within art field.

She gives a speech about her observation of a ritual initiation ceremony of a young man , and introduces her way of creating performance. She simplifies overall theme and therefore, each piece is interpreted in her own way. ; Lion King becomes a circle, the Tempest tells that the civilization is under the nature. She tells the audience what to see/look and enhances the power to communicate.

She uses a silk and a canvas to symbolize The audience know is a silk, not a sun. But the audience suspends the disbelief and consider it the sun. And that is what she likes about the theater.

Research

“Playing with Fire” – Julie Taymor

Fire is an element of composition, it is also an element of transition.

What I(We) Did

  • In our thoughts, a hero’s journey is still general theme. So our group decided to shorten it down more. We brainstormed again came up with a theme.
    • Considering our original theme was a ‘metamorphosis’ , we thought a hero’s journey demonstrates intellectual,mental and physical metamorphosis of a human. In the process of a hero’s journey, a hero faces obstacles that discourages him. Despite painful situation, the hero struggles to find hope. And this is the main aspect of the hero.
    • Therefore, we boiled down our theme to ‘Finding hope in a hopeless place
    • People finding silver linings in a war situation
  • Again, we put ourselves under the exquisite pressure and think of scenes as a director. I developed my scene by considering how to succeed in delivering my artistic intension.

My scene

[No Music, No words]

Starts with lights on.

Every performer hits the wall eight times, in synchronization. [Architecture: Wall]

Lights are turned off. The stage is in silence. [IGC: Extreme silence]

Shotgun sounds are echoed through a stage hall. [Prop: play a shotgun sound with a smartphone]

The performers should be knocked down in a row as they hear a shotgun sound. [Viewpoints: Kinesthetic Response]

Again the stage in silence.

Someone light up the dark with a flash light. [Prop: smartphone flashlight app]

She walks up the stairs [Viewpoints: duration and extreme tempo]

and finds out all people dead.

She shocks in disbelief. She hears a sound of an alive human. She wakes the person up.

Progress

Our group also started to think upon the way that can shift one scene to another. Since there is only 5 transition in entire performance. 2 directors are responsible for each transition. Director 1 and 2 should negotiate and compromise in terms of a transition. We decided to use an ingredients of great composition without making distraction. However, we are struggling a little bit in being imaginative. Since we all agreed to change our theme , we all agreed to discuss about transition after we organize each piece of performance.

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