Hello there, team!
I was reading some of the posts yesterday and I saw that some of you have some questions for the project I am working on in Prague. So here are some answers as best I can supply!
The play is focused on a process invented by my best friend in the whole world, Jenny Jacobs. She has creative people she adores and wants to work with but we are scattered all over the world, which makes it hard to pull together a company to create things. or so we thought. Then Miss Jacobs came up with a stroke of brilliance.
She decided that not only was she going to create her own theatre company, Iris Theatre Co. (iristheatreco.org), but she would bring together all the people she most wanted to work with from wherever they are in the world and put up a play.
The idea she had was to utilise the virtual world to her advantage. She put up a website and got commitments from all the people she wanted to work with. The focus of the project was creating and building art work from every genre based around different challenges and chunks of the e.e. cummings poem “somewhere i never traveled and gladly beyond”.
We have three actresses, one writer, one dancer, two musicians, two visual artists, and a lighting designer.
After 6 month of creating and posting and cross creating and posting (you can check out the process on our blog on the iris website), we met in Prague one week before the opening night and began to write our show.
We spent two full thirteen hour days brain storming and coming up with idea after idea.
It was insane! We would build something up only to throw it all away. Until we decided, ok, we need to make a decision and start to block.
And we did.
And in 5 days, we had a fully formed, choreographed, scored, and designed show. so this has been our process! It has been so terrifying and wonderfully exhilarating! I am so proud of what we have accomplished and we are coming up with so many ideas for next year! There will be video blogs showing and documenting our first 3 days, we have just been a bit overwhelmed getting the show up and running up until now!
So keep watching!