The other day we met in a classroom and worked out a plan for the show…
There are two areas of the stage:
1) THE BACK WALL for performance of visual text
2) THE FLOOR
There are two lighting states – one for the A.Lone text and one for the B.B.B text.
On THE FLOOR there is an electric piano with stand attached to a laptop and a piano stool.
During A.Lone state, on THE FLOOR Karen sits at piano and improvises in playing the pre-recorded A.Lone text, each line of which is programmed to a different note, while Ryan improvises with movement using the ten gestures connected to the A.Lone text. On THE BACK WALL is projected ‘truisms’ taken from the A.Lone text.
During B.B.B. state, Karen sits in the centre of THE FLOOR on the piano stool and improvises with movement, sometimes standing up and walking to the edge of an imagined circle, then walking round the circle at varying speeds, sometimes stopping and returning to the stool. Meanwhile on THE FLOOR, outside this circle Ryan improvises in vocalising one of four chants taken from the B.B.B text. On THE BACK WALL is projected questions taken from the B.B.B text.
The transition from A.Lone to B.B.B is initiated by Karen who moves the piano stool from the piano to the centre of THE FLOOR.
The transition from B.B.B to A.Lone is initiated by Ryan who moves the piano stool from the centre of THE FLOOR to the piano.
As the performance progresses, the actions belonging to either state may cross over in various ways, as improvised.
THE BACK WALL may also be used to project a live and delayed-live video stream of onstage action that appears and reappears during the performance.