TPM SALON #2
It’s the second salon of the year at The Good Will – Social Club!
THE SHAPE OF THINGS –This Salon is about exploring artistic practice from other communities. Seeing, hearing, differently abled, our imaginations are as powerful as each one of our senses. We are keeping our conversation going- the one that began at Tomorrow’s Child– about how we experinece the world in many different ways. Act 1 will be curated by Debbie Patterson through Sick + Twisted Theatre featuring performances by Debbie, as well as Dan Augusta, Angela Chalmers and Dianna Rasing.
In Act 2 we will return to our exploration of This Land Floods- workshop style, together with our student reps Evan Martin, Reena Jolly, Alistair Wright, Chris Sousa, Emily Solstice, Sarah Jane Flynn and Tanner Manson, accompanied by our guest artist Ila Barker.
This is a free event, open to the public taking place from 7-9:30pm on November 28th! Please, join us.
Hearing is Believing
Great review from CBC Manitoba’s Joff Schmidt about Tomorrow’s Child
You should experience Ghost River Theatre’s Tomorrow’s Child. You should not, however, see it.
That’s because this production from the Calgary theatre company — which they first performed in 2014, and which is being introduced to Winnipeg audiences by Theatre Projects Manitoba — is meant to be heard, and not seen, by an audience deprived of sight by blindfolds.
The result is trippy, immersive and engrossing.
Adaptors Eric Rose, Matthew Waddell and David van Belle use Ray Bradbury’s 1947 short story Tomorrow’s Child as their source material.
Set in the then-distant year of 1988, it tells the story of Polly (Anna Cummer) and Peter (Tyrell Crews), who decide their unborn baby will be delivered by a high-tech birthing machine. But a malfunction results in the child being born in a different dimension — and appearing to his parents, and the rest of the three-dimensional-seeing world, as a tentacled, blue pyramid.
Can Polly and Peter learn to love their extra-dimensional child? That’s the question the sometimes surprisingly touching script asks.
It’s weird sci-fi, and there’s an element of what the creators call “retro-futurism” here, but for the most part they play the story pretty straight.
It’s how that story plays out, though, that’s remarkable. Audiences are asked to put on blindfolds before being led (gently, by a group of lab-coated “performer mechs”) from the West End Cultural Centre lobby into the theatre space.
The story unfolds for us completely in the world of sound, and while performances here are very good (or sound very good, anyway), the real star of the show is the sound design by co-directors Rose and Waddell.
An aircraft passes behind us, around us, and finally lands in front of us with a sound so booming and realistic, you’d swear you can feel the gust of wind it kicks up.
Voices move around the room, past us, seemingly coming from all points thanks to an ingenious speaker set-up and some superb sound recording.
Noises and voices often layer, phase or flange with musical effect, creating a rich sonic soundscape. Sometimes the sounds we hear are joyful, like a child’s laughter. Sometimes they’re intense and unsettling rumbles, or unplaceable and alien futuristic sounds.
It can be an intense, and sometimes discombobulating, experience. Everyone will have a different picture of the show in their mind’s eye, but the tapestry of sound created ensures it will be a vivid picture.
The overall effect is transporting — the initial discomfort of being deprived of a sense most of us rely on so heavily starts to give way to immersion in the show’s sonic world.
And coming in at just around an hour, it lets us return to the visual world long before its powerful effect starts to wear thin.
It’s a wild trip — and one that has to be heard to be believed.
Catch Tomorrow’s Child at the West End Cultural Centre until Nov. 5.
Intro to Multi-Media Design Intensive
Led by longtime Ghost River Theatre (Tomorrow’s Child) audiovisual designer and programmer Matthew Waddell, the Intro to Multimedia Design Intensive is a hands-on introduction to the latest tools and techniques used in sound and video design for theatre and multimedia performance. This four-day, 18 hour, workshop will combine lectures, live demos and in-class excercises that will guide participants through the process of digital audiovisual design and show control from conception to delivery. The intensive is intended for students, technicians, designers, artists and educators with little to novice experience with mutlimedia design or digital tools.
THE INTENSIVE COVERS
• QLab as a multimedia playback and control system. Qlab will be the backbone of this intensive and we will learn it from the ground up, starting with the very basics and slowly moving through its many features. We will look at how build basic and complex audio and video cues, how to apply live effects, video mapping onto custom surfaces and non-conventional shapes, working with multiple projectors and show control using MIDI and OSC.
• Audio techniques and tools including: effects, surround-sound and live performance systems. We will look at proper audio workflow techniques and software tools for making your audio sound better in any environment.
• Video techniques and tools including: efficient workflow, content creation, live camera manipulation, codecs, resolutions and how to deal with large video formats while using a slow or older computer.
- *No previous knowledge of Qlab required.
DATES AND TIMES
October 19: 6pm-9pm
October 20: 6pm-9pm
October 21: 10am-5pm
October 22: 10am-5pm
Early bird/Equity rate: $325
After September 15th, 2017: $350
E-mail a brief letter of interest stating why you want to take the workshop, and your professional CV to [email protected] to sign up or call 204.989.2400
Although not mandatory, participants are encouraged to bring their own Mac OS laptop computers to follow along with the demonstrations. We will be using Qlab extensively. Please have it installed and ready to use when you arrive. You will also have access to a projector so please bring a VGA adapter for your computer.
Download Qlab here: http://figure53.com/