Players in Tableaux vivants
One my first mental images of the piece involved people on stage surrounding a figure, firing off flashes like paparazzi.
A paparazzi passion.
I thought of the people on stage as Ninjas, in reference to a job I had for Orange choreographing dancers to create virtual cinematography for 100 40-second spots. Those Ninjas were faceless, completely covered in black; the Ninjas were partially inspired by Kuroko, stagehands dressed in black in traditional Japanese theater. Chris suggests Supernumerary, the operatic word for extra. James likes the word movers, but as they may often be motionless, I’d like to suggest players.
It became clear that moving figures would create a feeling of a play, and distract from the light. We spoke with James about doing very slow movements, to match the long-waved rhythms of light. And Jim suggested static people, which connects with my current work with tableaux vivants.
Tableau vivant originally evokes elaborate set pieces with immobile people to create breathing sculptures for public festivities,masses and, more recently, staged follies. By extension, I use tableaux vivants to mean immobile objects (sculptures and video canvases) displaying slowly moving figures.
By freezing the action of the people on stage, we can foster a meditative attitude in the audience, to replace the feeling of a play with that of a series of tableaux vivants.
To move from passion play to illuminated frescos.