UC Davis Creation Residency 2010
1/11/10 First Rehearsal. 6pmU-Club
Present – Me, David, Maria, Jörg Claire and Kaino. Dani (Dave's PA)
Everyone has arrived, Thankfully. I am relieved. Still a bit ofrearranging this week on the housing front.
Kaino brings home made fruitcake, donuts and Tangerines from her neighbors tree.
We open therehearsal with a 3 minute check-in go-round. Feels a bit clunky at first, but actually nice once people get into it. David admits to feeling a bit freaked out by the whole context of our symmetry installation at Keith’s Too Much Event last night.
Then a lot of logistical talk. Dates and such.
We decide that each rehearsal will begin with45 minutes of individual warm-up. Everyone will be ready for group movement activity starting at 6pm.
We take a break and Kaino takes photos of everyone.
I propose a 30 minute observation score. In partners each person is observed for 30 minutes and then doer and observer report to each other.
With Maria watching, JörgChanges clothes cries, and then takes off his clothes and turns upside down with his hair flying up off his head.
With David watching, Claire is very minimal and sits on a yoga mat and sort of stretches. gets up to put on her socks.rubs her knee
At 23 minutes Jörg gets up and leaves the room.
While Jörg watches Maria lays on mats a long time, moves against wall, does fire breath.
While Claire watches David Lies down, Walks to white board. Moves onto block. Moves from Bech to stool to bench. (Changing levels is beautiful.
People watching people is beautiful. How can we provoke the audience to watch each other?
Maria writes on Chalk Board the lyrics to “The man I love” and pulls down her pants.
Watching each other watching is beautiful. (David watches Maria)
Maria removes words from the song.
David moves on to top of table and reads over my shoulder.
(david at edge of table is scary) (table dance for later)
Maria is just fucking beautiful. she quotes Café Müller.
David watches Dani?
I love David’s T-Shirt “Wasted”
End in10 minute Free Write
Here is mine. I am in love with these guys already. Oh my god, that was beautiful.. I could invite people to watch that tomorrow. The incredible simplicity of each of their presence was just stunning. I may be just in a fucked up kind of sentimental mood, butthat was really exquisite. I need to do really nothing at all.
Jörg’s tears, Claire’s eyes as she watched David, David’s face and the simplicity of his moving up and down between levels and just sitting on the table. I must be losing my mind for sure, but actually no one but me really needs to like this piece. I don’t have to sell any tickets. There will be no real reviews. I can explain away a weird moment of process to any presenters that happen to come through.
I loved that.
I wonder how my viewing as an outside outsider affected the proceedings? I imagine so many different possibilities about this set up. watching each other then everybody watching one person, then choosing an audience member to watch. Copy? Turn the theater inside out really. (Fuck William Forsythe.)
I want Josh to make the Mondavi look like the U-Club. I want the audience to have the choice to follow people outside and walk into the space. David watching from the seats was good. Jörg outside the windows. David with Maria’s hat on.
I am really pleased. I also feel a little sad. It had a kind of sadness to it that I liked.
that seems like about enough to say here. Quotes from Jerome Bel and Pina Bausch.
1/12/10 Tuesday – U-Club
5-6 Personal Warm-up
6-7 Sensing Score working through Proprioception, kinesthesic filters to be in movement and focusing on underlying sensations in the body that are not normally conscious.
Then working through Hearing, Smell, and Vision as filters for shaping movement choices.
7-8 Break for Safety Training and Volunteer Form filling in.
8-8-30 Worked in Contact pairs rotating through each possible pairing with one observer at all times (Idanced with)
8-30- 9-15Worked on a making exercise. Jörg/David and Claire/Maria.
Notes on Each
Not touching, Close proximity. Working Spaces in between. Various Modes include David sliding under Jörgon all fours, Jörg jumping with David’s hands in between feet. Jörgs behind David and whole game of hands moving through and around. Spooning image at end. David pushes into handstand to avoid hand between legs. David Jumping on hands and Jörg trying to emulate. What is the meeting/meaning here?
Approach facing each other. Attach heads. Arm gestures.?? find hoodie. Create Arm puppet with hoody (project) Re move hoodie Claire reverses and they move through space.
9-15 1015 Table Section
Reviewed material from Berlin. Sitting around table passing claps then sounds, then layering a phase of counting with different tones. We then moved into passing the 5 tones around the table in a star, which made the melody 1-3-5-2-4. Then layered numbers 1-4 over that then a four word phrase. Brain Fuck but really fun.
ended with an improv trying to tell an improvised story around the table while maintaining the tone pass path.
5-6 Personal warmup
6-7 Jörg leads
Claire -Fun house Mirrors
Jörg – Opera Singing
Maria – Walk Across, Ask questions: What is your favorite animal? Favorite Tree? Tell me something about being in love? Tell me something about growing old?
David- Chair circle - Pushups
715-830 talking/Moving - Sound into Contact
vocal mirroring into 5 way mirror in levels on one plane and then 5 way mirror score around the table. Then we did say what you do Sound what you do into duets.
J/C , M/DNice Duets
8- 9 Half hour Watchings into Duet Makings
I gave the direction to not disallow direct engagements of the observer.
jörg plays trumpet while observing. Claire sits eats and watches David as Jörg observes. Claire moves on stage and reads her book. “Bodies”I like this image.
J. adjusts his view point, gets very far away and then very close.
Maria watches first round. David goes for a wheel chair dance then moves over to table for a bit of a table dance and then interesting stuff climbing on an upside down chair. Ends lying on the ground stretched out.
d/Mwings and heels, “ tu me fai girar” karaoke in the kitchen.
c/J Trumpet in the courtyard and a construction project back in the space with a found hat rack. J reads from ”Bodies.” Maria enters with wig and brick on head as he reads. too perfect J into closet.
J keeps reading as Claire plays piano. Stuff about kids and photoshop loss of visual history.
Maria enters again with brick on head. and Best of Life Magazine book
“knees are no longer to be taken for granted.”
J. French accent good.
What if we had a chorus of watchers? This last twenty minutes became really something.
9-10 voice and table
1/14/10 Production Meeting
Going well, meeting today
Seating set now. Jake ready to start when he knows more about the set.
Nina’s Cargo Net is in process. Daniel getting one from Travis AFB, Josh not at meeting. I want funhouse mirrors and a table, Daniel will see what is in stock. We will meet Friday at 3 for the cast to go through storage to look for interesting objects. Spoke about installation event at U-club, all OK no real need for tech support.
We have new SM Roz and ASM Paige. They and Josh and Jake will attend rehearsal tomorrow at 11:30
1/14/10 Costume Meeting/Pulling
Whole cast met in costume shop and went through stacks to pull fantasy costumes.
Fun. I got shp captain’s coat and hat. Maria marilyn Monroe ish dress and wings.
David Elizabethan get up and Viking horns. Jörg Shiny Blue Suit, Claire got a pile of stuff, but I didn’t really see what it was.
They will bring to U-Club but I need lock up capability, need to get key from Socorro.
I feel slightly overwhelmed with choices.
1/14/10 Rehearsal U-Club
Began slightly late due to costume field trip.
5-6 Individual Warm up
6-7 David lead through a process of enacting a happy childhood memory.
Maria sang with Yoga Mats as dress up costume. Jörg in bed listening to Radio with Parents. Claire at Beach with her Dad. Me in car on trip to Crater Lake alone with my Dad.
7-8ish Contact technique exploration
Manipulating Passive Partner, alternating Active and Passive roles, then alternating passive and active
1/15/10 Rehearsal U-Club 10 – 6
10-1045 Individual warm up
1045 – 1130 Maria Leads Group Activity
1130 – 1230 Showing/Watching Improv
Score – Watch at least half the time? Begin in pairs, but can spit off to watch others, Watching is also valid performance activity. Audience invited to follow whenever people leave. Return to material from last four days.
If we have costumes you can play with some but don’t get too distracted by them right now.
1230 – 100 De-Brief Improv
1-2 Individual projects-
Maria – blonde heels, brick, Songs
Claire - ????Crutches used in different way than before? Corsette???
David – Table dance. Story of Fake legs??
Jörg - ???? Books???? Reading??? Objects??
Jess – Tenerifa Dance Story of leg braces
3-4 Meet Daniel in Scene shop
Look for interesting objects to interact with.
4-5 Table Work
Voice , pitch matching, rhythm word and image sequence practice
1/16/10Saturday, Rehearsal @U-Club
10-11 Individual Warm-up
11-12 Claire Group activity – Crutches
Individual Use of crutches in Non-Traditional ways.
Crutch Puppets manipulating each other with crutches
12 -130Individual Projects
3-5 Open Improv with Costumes and Props
Amazing Improv Set tons of Great images
Jörg Wass Duet Blue suit
Claire with Crutch Puppet
Sergio Leone Trio David/Maria/Jörg
Books on heads
Get on the Bus
Whole world in My hands
Death of the Author
Jess/Jörg/David Rhythm Dance
Claire and Maria in Blue Sequins Supremes Duet
Jess and Jörg Trumpet Duet Angel Devil
David/maria Gurney Dance
David in Chains
Claire in Suit – plugged in Lights with Godzilla, Washing hands, eating lights
Jörg/Maria kids in the corner. Awe score Orgasm. Open Mouth
Reading Alan Read 151
Crutch Duet Maria and Claire. Over the Rainbow
Jörg ventriloquist with David.
Death of the Author
What is the movement?
1/20/10 Rehearsal at U-Club
6-8 Guillermo exercises
Triptych image exercise
Word Jam – This performance is/not
This performance is:
Trees and squirrels
An open door
Imagining new bodies
Turning itself over
Looking for cows (in the footnotes)
This performance is not:
Knowing what it is yet
A bike race
Not what I thought it was
Like being in a movie
Wrapped in a flag
Sugar induced enthusiasm
America is not:
Aware of wine
Aware of lying
Aware of subtlety
Appreciative of sarcasm
My body is:
Slower than it was
Not as bouncy as it was
Stronger than it was
My body is not
Separate from me
The images I remember I have created in the last days:
Climbing on a lion
Dancing with a mannequin
Barefoot space man
Maria roller-skating in a blonde wig
Pretending to wear glasses
Jorg in a white wig and a blue suit
Clare with a cigarette
Clare in Maria in blue sequins dancing to disco
I do what I do because if I didn’t:
I’d still be postman
I would be married
I would still be living in Kilmarnock
I would have four children
I would be in jail
Somebody else would
I would have developed cancer because of the proximity of my mother
I'd be found face down in a river
I wake up every day and fight against my inner demons, enigmatic insects:
Fear of women
Hatred of men
The world as I see it
Fear of being mediocre
Longing for a belief
If I could do anything I want with this performance I would:
Make people feel more alive in their own bodies
Make people question their own perceptions
Offer my body to any one who wants to take it
Ride 20miles on a bicycle with the entire audience following me
Change identity 20 times
Improv Jam 8:30 -10
Jörg in blue
Maria in Fat Blonde Skating
Sitting on Chests
Sitting on Jess
Reading Alan Read at Table
Maria at Board
David in Black Glove
Claire in Fire Suit
Jörg Striptease/ Jess and David watch in Symmetry/Jess on Bass
David in Chains/Maria Skates
Maria Skates/Gurney/David Chair
Jess on Bike
David Red jacket.
Death of Representation, Militarism, sexual objectification, Colonialism
1/21/10 Production Meeting
Mondavi rehearsals?- not but maybe a visit.
Costume long term. – Can work out to take them with us after Davis.
Make-up expert? – Jessica somebody we should meet next week
Report from US
final fittings begin next Wednesday
PR – Janice
Exploded Art Gallery
When can we see, will show.
Laptop images for Nina?
1/21 Rehearsal U-Club 5-11pm
6-8 Guillermo exercises
Partner Gazing with Moving
“Raw Material” – See, Smell, listen, touch
Make an image with “raw material”
Make an image “ Non-Fictional Bodies”
Break – Kaino Food
830-10 Imrov Jam
Set up and did one hour jam
Limitations - Confined to center space and only one costume.
Jörg Blue Suit, David Red Jacket and Glove, Maria Fat Suit, Claire Grey suit(s)
Claire and Jörg on Blocks,
Maria Crying/Breathing at books
Gurney/Wheel Chair duet
Jess on Bike
De Brief –
Sort of almost meltdown at Bistro Bar, Claire is feeling freaked about improvising publicly, Freaked about improvising in general. David wants to know what we are doing?
Guillermo is encouraging in a way – Saying” you are not really directing, it’s great.” But this feels a bit weird, especially coming from him. Thank God for Jörg who is mostly ready to go for anything and willing even to push into weirder less formed territory than anyone.
1/22/10 Rehearsal U club 12-6pm
1-230 Jess Group motion
Dance “inside your body”
Make a move
230 – 345 Guillermo
Repeat Call and Response exercise.
Showing your stuff
Place for failure
Spider in my bed
A form of control
Performance is not:
Like being a postman
A marriage counselor
My community is:
My collection of books
The people who ride my bus
In my head
In my body
My community is not:
Imaginary animals and friends
I am feminine when:
When I listen
When I talk
When I am only with men
In bed with my lover
When I slide
I’m in my head
I feel peer pressure
I talk too loud
I try to be standing
When I'm with the rest of the boys
If I could transform the world with my imagination there would be:
No white light
No cell phones
Enough food for everyone
Champagne would be free
Wouldn’t be cops, teachers
No memory of Freud
Public transit everywhere
Easier to make friends
Tryptichs, more visual, more meaningful, “Some aspect of yourself.
Make a score for yourself and write it down without telling anyone else what it is. Can include activities that require others, but you’re not allowed to tell before hand
Score for run through
Breathe in Glove
Read Suzie Orbach
Foot Dance with David
Crutch on Neck
Pajamas on Gurney
Death of the Author
Sitting on Chest
Naked in Audience
Naked at Table
Reading Orbach on Table with Keith performance reading style.
Bike with Globe and trophy, Whole world in my veins
Crawl across space on back with trophy on chest
Gurney in Pajamas with
Death of the Author
Text -tell the Moral of the Story. What does it all mean, What do you want it (the performance) to do?
Post run-through thoughts.
This was a good exercise, we start to have a pool of returning images that re-inform each other in different ways as they return. Guillermo’s work has definitely bumped up the level on visuality and symbolic content. at least for me and I think for the others as well.
Need to try
Everyone Starts Normally dressed, move toward fantasy images
Everyone make your best dance solo
Everyone make cool moves to create group dance.
Everyone make an image of your death.???
1/25/10 Rehearsal U Club
Warm up 5-615
Jess – Dance is??
Jess –Contact dialogs with Sound what you do
These were great and should be in the show somewhere.
Check in – Some more of the same.
All are tired, need two days off and less rain.
David starting to get it I think, Claire trying to hang in there on the improv material.
Improv Jam 845-10
Began with sitting in street clothes- keeper.
Crutch Bridge/Frame – Keeper
Hand Clap Sound score??
Jess naked in Audience -??
Reading Book Naked at table event- Keeper??
Claire – Start in Grey Costume tonight save red dress for after fire man-
Jörg Afro wig better – Like blue thing on ground more than on tie.
David – Black Glasses better – Do we need more?
Black Glove to Jess (touch me would be strong)
Roz – need bike water bottle(s)
Maria costume change sooner
David – Light my fire - keeper
Center Persona exercise
Each person gets 30 minutes with everyoneelse questioning and suggesting.
1/27/10 Rehearsal at U-Club
Lost this one.
1/28/10 Rehearsal at U-Club
7-10 Improv Jam
Quick Notes from 1/28/10
3 hour improv - feel incredibly sad.
How do we find joy? I am not afraid to make a sad piece. A piece about loss and longing. about letting go. About what feels difficult or even impossible.
But it’s a challenge.
Can’t tell where the personal is totally overshadowing the art. How much do I let in.
I liked our diagonal line to begin.
Gazing at the mannequin then Claire took it away.
put half a mannequin back in her place.
liked the books getting in there already.
How do we have an outside eye? How can I be an outside eye? Music? need something up or we are going to kill them, and ourselves.
Death is a bit strong heredon’t need the piece to die for us
Riding is hard in shoes. didn’t do the song and I feel like it loses the clarity of the image. image is clearer with, has a point of view.
Costume installation? was nice to do.
Jörg/Maria/ David trio was nice with nudity.
Feel like dyin.
Jess torture felt strong.
Rowing Gurney into cooler was nice, with an audience I would have stayed longer.
got stuck in catatonia with Maria on Gurney 2nd time.
We are dark.
Multiple ipod’s were nice actually
Sad there is no live music.
Jörg playing with recording was nice.
1/29/10 Installation Performance U-Club
David adjusting me to match mannequin
Claire’s crutches in my mouth
Claire with shoes on Crutches
Claire Transporting stuff
Audience members with love glasses on
Maria tapes knee pads
Jörg with crazy lady dance
Jörg and Maria Dance David as hippie
twirling Maria on gurney
Jörg red riding hood
Claire Kitchen crutche sculpture
Jörg feet manipulations
Jess on Gurney in Cooler
Davidblack hand and jörg red riding hood
ending with teabagging
Maria engages boy at table with book
Maria chubby go go girl on skates on block
Jess long rolling down hall
J/M/D statues on blocks
Maria lipsyncks sandman
Jörg is naked a long time
Sergio Leone Trio to staya little longer
Maria and Jörg discodance
Jess on Bike goes to dark
Claire in Fire Suit arranges lights
jess and Claire Dance/ Guillermo speaks nahuatl
Maria asks audience to express their frustration
Claire fire suit as dress
David Chains across floor
Jess Dancey solo
Jörg squeaking clarinet to Jimi Hendrix
Maria tongue with Godzilla
David and Jess Floor dance
Claire dances with Red Dress
Maria writes questions at Chalkboard
Interview Jörg with Translation
End lying down.
David and Jess Floor dancenotes
Worked with Markers and Index cards to propose a sequence which came surprisingly coherently together. Who knows if it will actually work and if any of these things actually are anything that anyone wants to really watch.
My own sequence is
Naked at Mannequin?? with Audience??f
Slow Rolling Dance with Maria
Death of the Author
Bike Man Powers Disco
Bike Man with Astronaut
Bike Man with David Red Man Dance
2/2/10 U-Club (Jörg’s birthday)
Warm up 5-6
8-10 work on sections
2/4/10 Studio Theater Modavi
First night in the Mondavi.
6-7 Load in- Spacing Culled Set
7-930 Work Second Half
930-1030 Run thru
We have a draft that works, see excel sheet. at least in terms of being able to get through it. There are lots fo things to work on, but that’s the fun of it.
thoughts/Notes from run through
Run Thruough 6-830
Bodies are pre-show
Claire is go-show
Bring Black Gove in
Claire take hklto tub!
try line again
need light here not drama
need music under space man not normal Claire
Men working on 2nd entrance??
540 First Get up -Need to see faces here
Claire bring arm to Mannequin
Need General light here and lighter music
Jörg black pants wrong – jeans?
David/Maria Yellow and Jörg Jess Arm should be simultaneous and lit
Claire entrance good. could get there sooner.
Jörg - Sock Dance too much with Claire – get to Blue man Change sooner? and re-think this placement – Tub??
Big Gap in Crutch approach
Jörg and jess Dress and Undress???
David can you work my arms all the way up
Re place Mannequin SRDavid Go SR after Mannequin manip
Claire up faster after Fall Can you get up and B- boya little more to the music
Re-placeClaire DS Jørg US David by me at Mannequin, Maria near board already
Jörg get to blocks for end of “number”
Claire leave it a pyramid – less crutches
Strip Tease not its own section. Overlap with Dreams
David sleep in Pyramid - Claire Bring Bunny with Fire Suit - to tub (with fire suit ?)- And then take Crutches.
Should glove come with Fire Suit???
Gurney for middle
Robe in Fridge. - What else?
Breath in more places
Longer sound in Dark B4 Claire Entrance
Claire bring fat suit to Maria
Claire and David need interaction before “In Dreams”
Claire bring Godzilla (To Fridge??) in Bike/Space Leave open to light David/Chains
Claire Dance – Six Crutches yes, warm –up moves yes, Conjure the space.
Final Dance/Die –in????? Kool-Aid in the fridge?? Champagne??
4:29 Claire first entrance
Light – meeds to be long fade for first Claire Is there a bit of light on mannequins
breath sound yes – could be more.
Strike the pale panels if they
Claire first change too long - walking beautiful – good leg placement
choreography of waking upbe one of 4 pretty good. could be a little more often
K- Jörg’s pants
L - I am out of light??
C- Something for Sound 2n d Carry
C- fat suit to Maria
D- Neck Strap on Glasses?
M- Changing next to board is good.
J- Shoes first. Parallel w/ Maria good. Formalize more. maybe turn around.
Jörg – Change when? Can you slightly sooner so mor overlap with me
Claire – circle David with Chain
Sound good – Maybe too much werft (really a question) for Jörg or maybe not
jake Can we pick out corners during M/D, J/J
Claire one more pass with objects and make it more stylized
M- Jorg dressing sooner bring individual objects from the gurney right away.
Matt – Käse should start with Skating
Have to work this whole section
Jörg silly stuff first.
Jörg - Undressing by the chimes –
Maria write during
Claire Spiral Cross really good
David come to meet Claire Center not Crutches – Crutch puppet manipulation? Investigate her.
Light to Maria first – then MusicJörg Awaydon’t need you naked let’s get a G-String
End of song just Maria and David
Maria not Mike stand but Chalk thing
Need to work this Transition to Lion Tamer
When does the light change?
J- Great bunny reveal
Need light for David’s head on lift
Pause at waist on the way down
David Turn towatchJörg Müller before change –
Timing on Sound cue for Morriconehappens when David is Center
David should reveal gold out fit on first Music.
Jörg Flat back more flat
David see them now
Moving light need sto be there already
Should flat cover entrance like for Nina’s?
Light in Fridgefor Godzilla then light David beginning,
Yes Breath in this – Claire Bring Godzilla(to fridge?)
then work your way back from the bike down the light strand to build something with the lights
Jess Entrance for bike sooner
need light on bike
good breath cross fade for end of lion
good active hands David
Cue for Claire vocals??
Fridge opening, david changing?? off stage>>
leave fridge open
Claire walk to end of string.Stay US Form into circle around yourself or spiral
Wrap around your body?? Form into something then eat put on Zimmer frame??
leave suit at Gurney
Light - Maria pass at same level as David?? Need to write this
Maria travel more sooner
breath at end
Light – light my fire in Spots still until dance break and then to line
slower in steps mariarehearse timing
David undress Claire from Suit.
Claire go to dress in Underwear??
I died at same time
go to Flat Light look in transition to Red Dress and maybe once afterward too. as Claire dances
Can we get a second mike stand for Claireuiop
Grey Suits- Crutch Puppet
Fire Suit - Science Fiction – Bodies of the Future.
Maria Crutch Manipulation and head Duets
Red Dress Crutch Puppet
Crutch Dance Solo – Square Dance - Canoe
Blue Sequins Duet/Disco/Singing/Dancing??
Music-Songs- Vocalization at the Mike
Singing from Off
Blue Man w/ Wass
Sergio Leone Trio
Jörg playing Miles
Black Hand/Red Suit Man
Skate w/ Maria
Floor Duet with Jess
Reds with Calire
Top Hat gold Vest Man
Sergio Leone Trio
Light my fire Karaoke
Skating in Fat Suit
Writing on Chalk board explicating
“The Man I love” with Removals
Sergio Leone Trio
On Skates with David.
head and Crutch Duets with Claire
Bike Stand w/ lights
Crutch Duet w/ Claire
Little bike – Whole world song
Floor Duet with David
Long Slow Roll down hall – Solo
Long Slow Roll down hall – With Maria
David and Maria on Skates
Claire and Jörg Crutch Gazing
Claire and Maria Crutch Puppet
David and Jess- floor Dance
Claire and Jess – Bike/Lights Fire Suit.
Jess And Maria slow roll
Opening on Floor
Sitting at Table Passing
Sergio Leone Trio
Closing on floor
Jörg/David/Maria on pedestals.
Maria -Queen Lip synch sing-a-long
Maria “ Tu me fai Girar”
Trumpet w/ Miles recording
Trumpet and Bass
David “Light my fire”
Jess“Whole World Song”
Jörg as Blue Man/White wig
Maria in Fat Suit/Skates
Claire in Fire Suit
Jess on bike
Chorus of watchers
4 manipulate one.
Jess Gomera dance
Jess on Bike
Material manifested at least once
Maria “Man I love” on white board
Maria “Tu me fai girar” lipsync
Maria Blonde with brick on head
C/M head Duet -
Claire reads book
Jörg reads book
David Table Dance
Crossing space in Contact asking question