Light fixture placements

Tenebrae et Lux - light placements - Benjamin Bergery--

02. February 2013 by benjamin
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3 paragraphs for the program notes

Margaret Moore asked me for a couple of paragraphs to add to Chris van Tuinen’s program notes:

When I was asked by Margaret Moore and Chris van Tuinen to create a visual work to accompany the keen voices of Gesualdo’s Responsoria, my starting place, with the kind consent of Joseph Nolan, was to change the order of the songs they had selected to create a 3-act structure based on the Passion story. I tried to be true to the music’s lyrics and origin.

I imagined the 10 pieces as moments from the story, a series of tableaux vivants with stationary or very slow-motion dancers bathed in light rhythms, and I have worked closely with James Berlyn to create not scenes from a play, but rather glowing frescoes where the choir also has its place, along with floating words, and a video fragment. The aim is to create a visual polyphony that combines luminous characters, voices and emotions.

The visual narrative is designed to help the audience enter into the inchoate world of luminous rhythms. While the varying lights sometimes represent recognizable rhythms like heartbeats and voices, they can also evoke and elicit amorphous emotions. I decided early on to abandon the idea of synchronicity between light and music, because it is so commonplace and often lacks mystery. Instead, with the help of technology created by my friend and fellow artist Jim Campbell, we are offering compositions of light and color that I hope will serve as a distinct, visual counterpoint to the magical music of Joseph and the choir.

30. January 2013 by benjamin
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Choir Staging

James Berlyn and I had a great Skype session. We refined the positions and movements for Joseph and the choir, and came up with this:

1. Tristis
a. start with mover downstage with heartbeat “bulb”
b. heartbeat spot on back wall above balcony
c. Joseph turns on his light, he is at center of balcony
Choirs sings neath vaults on either side

2. Seniores
Joseph is still at center of balcony but turned to face
Choir in the balcony

3. Jesum
Choir in straight line facing Joseph, then at end encircles movers
Two position options:
a. Around Judas and Jesus upstage
b. Around Jesus and 2 movers downstage

4. Eram
Two options:
a. Diagonal in between diagonal lights,
but difficult to position Joseph
b. Choir in angle backs to wall, facing Joseph upstage right

5. O Vos Omnes
Choir and Joseph moves from upstage to audience
Three options for movers: behind, in front or both

6. Tenebrae
Choir is in circle facing Joseph upstage center
the circle gets smaller
as the eclipse progresses

7. Velum
Joseph is under the Organ
Choir is on audience’s right

8. Aestimatus
Joseph is under the Organ
Choir is on audience’s left

9. Astiterunt
Joseph is under the Organ
Choir surrounds audience in U formation (on audience left front and right)

10. Animam Meam
If possible movement between 2 positions:
a. U formation with Joseph under organ
then Joseph goes down stairs to lead Choir to
b. Circle formation down stage center

If that’s not workable, between these 2 positions:
aa. Choir in front of audience in a line
with backs to audience facing Joseph down stage center
bb. Choir moves to form circle aro

20. January 2013 by benjamin
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Rhythming

Windthrop Hall Model n Rhythm Boxes- Benjamin Bergery-

Windthrop Hall Model- Benjamin Bergery-

19. January 2013 by benjamin
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01 Tristis – Dialogue v3 – sketch

James, here are the sketches of version 3 that you asked to have before the Choir rehearsal today. Of course this is very much a work in progress !
I look forward to our discussion on Sunday.

01 tristis est anima meam v3- Benjamin Bergery-

18. January 2013 by benjamin
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02 Seniores – Words v3 – sketch

02 Seniores - Words v3 - Benjamin Bergery-

18. January 2013 by benjamin
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03 Jesum – Kiss v3 – sketch

03 jesum tradidit arrest peter trial v3-

18. January 2013 by benjamin
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04 Eram – Magic Lantern – sketch

04 eram - Magic Lantern - Benjamin Bergery-

18. January 2013 by benjamin
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05 O vos omnes sketch

05 o vos omnes see my sorrow - Benjamin Bergery

18. January 2013 by benjamin
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06 Tenebrae – Death v3 – sketch

06 Tenebrae - Death v3 - Benjamin Bergery-

18. January 2013 by benjamin
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