This is a 3-minute excerpt from a sketch that we performed as part of the Home Theater Festival in May 2010, at Laura Arrington’s place in San Francisco. I worked with Marina Fukushima and Christine Bonansea for 2 and a half weeks in May to develop some initial ideas for the Lumiere Project.
We focused on developing duet material that would bring out the relationship between these two brothers, concentrating on theatrical characterization combined with physicality. While I like the indecipherable chatter, the shrieking that develops is my least favorite part. It’s a little too excessive for the mood of the moment. The phrase with the arm blocking is something I want to take further, and the quirky manipulation is a great beginning. I love Marina being upside down against the wall. It’s important to me to use their virtuosity as dancers, without using any dancer-ly movement.
As we continue to develop chunks of “Bring On The Lumiere”, I look forward to performing these sketches throughout the year and sharing them with different audiences. We had a great response to this sketch — and lots of useful feedback. Even if we don’t end up using this exact material in the final performance in Fall 2011, it serves as a base for further character development, a piece of past of these brothers’ lives together.
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