Where do I want to be by 31st of October?
(insert brexit joke here)
Ok, so I've typed this up a little later than planned, so now it is more of a 4 week plan.
My imminent goals are quit simple, the main focus is getting the stories written up. So I have challenged myself to create one per week, so I will have four by the 31st. Here is an example of what I am aiming to create for each song.
How many songs and stories do I actually have?
I plan to find a good handful of songs that can be performed with the story part alongside it. I have only performed a 'story-song' once before and have some that are suitable but to create the show I need to dig deep into the back catalogue of my songwriting history and dig out some oldies. And of course maybe write some newbies.
Leigh Davies brought up a book in his presentation that looked interesting - Colour Theory by Josef Albers
This will be useful when it comes to the design of my show overall and what colours I could use to help generate my own aesthetic for the show.
2. Project Summary
Project Title & Description Live Visual Music Performance.
45 minute live storytelling and music performance with performers and visuals.
Before each song, the songwriter will tell how the song evolved. Whilst the songwriter is telling the story, several actors/dancers will act it out on stage, from the story’s start to the end of the song.
Each song is it’s own story, but the performance as a whole will have a consistent artistic aesthetic that will glue them together, as not to feel too disjunct.
The main aim of this project is to create a new way of experiencing live music, that will be successful enough to sustain itself as a performance piece capable of touring. It will work better in theatre and studio spaces as a performance, but I would like to make sure there is a version that can be performed in more traditional music venues.
I can see it potentially developing into a tv series that has established artists taking part in the process, explaining the stories behind their songs and creating a live performance.
The storytelling aspect would also lend well into workshops within theatre schools and primary/secondary schools. Exploring what lyrics mean, which words are emphasised melodically and how can we interpret that into physical/visual art.
Project Development Requirements
To develop this project I would have to improve on my knowledge of theatre tech and performance. I would research into what is feasible within the spaces that the project will be performed and how to get the set from A to B when touring, whilst also considering the financial side. Plus I’d need to work on event management and organisation if it were to tour.
Fields of Practice/Research
Storytelling (verbal and physical)
Current performers that tell their stories before singing their songs - Passenger, Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, etc.
'Performance Now: Life art for the 21st century’ by RoseLee Goldberg.
‘The Art of Songwriting’ by Ed Bell
‘Costume in Performance’ by Donatella Barbieri