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Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Collaboration, Design, Past Projects | No Comments
Documenting the Un-documentable

What does that mean?

I’ve always wanted to document the process of making for a long time; not just the finished product, but the day by day creation process – with all it’s proposals, changes and evolution – from day one to opening.

And also because it’s been something that’s been lurking in the back of my head ever since Jennifer Tipton did it when I was a student of hers on a production (of, I believe, TROJAN WOMEN at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC). So the idea has finally foregrounded itself.  In part, I think, because I would like to have a way to remember all the steps of development in order to contemplate the process in a way that is not possible in the crucible of tech and also, perhaps more importantly, because I am spending a lot of time away from my students this quarter and I’d like to give them a lagniappe…

But then again, how does one document the un-documentable?  As best one can…

The Plan

So for the next weeks it is my plan to post as often as possible (what possible means remains yet to be seen) visual documentation for the process of developing for the production of RITUEL POUR UNE MÉTAMORPHOSE, a production of La Comédie Française, for which I am designing the lighting.

This is going to be (of this I can be certain) a wildly dynamic and intense production to make.  It combines fantastic artistic and technical teams with the resident troupe of the Commedie, two very different theatres (the Théâtre du Gymnase for the make in Marseille and the Salle Richelieu for the transfer back to the home of La Comédie Française in Paris), a constraining rep plot, and not a lot of time!

Onwards and Upwards.

Day One – Rituel in Marseille

The get-in begins.  One of the things I love about get-in – which is different than tech – is the alone time with the crew.  And this crew is great – they are totally professional, roll with the punches (which come hard and fast working across cultures), and are committed to the project.  Stage-folk tend to be great barometers for a society.  Although I am biased with the French…

Now a few pics from Day one of get-in in Marseille…

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