Final Jabberblog - Pauline Mayers, Phoenix Dance Theatre
Run up to Jabberfest week
Following on from the great work that was done in February, Caroline and I began to shape how this section would be shared. The poem/song had been completed and it was decided that Caroline would take part in this section, in the role of Narrator. It is now a case of inserting Caroline into this section and for the group to learn the poem and song which had been written by the group (which was very catchy I must say!)
Because of the work that had been done to this point, it was a case of putting all the elements of this section together. Caroline and the group had the overview so I was there much more in a supportive role.
I was absolutely amazed by what this group had achieved in the three weeks since I last was with them. Matt, Charlotte and Kate had been with them in the interim period and had incorporated Matt in section as Lewis Carroll searching for the Jabberwocky. This was to be the theme for the entire sharing. It was simply a case of doing a couple of run throughs as I had very little to do! It was like working with a group of young professionals! Amazing.
Unfortunately due to prior commitments I was unable to have Judith’s group all day. Judith had concerns about the Jabberwocky which has now been finished by the Terry and the class, however the legs weren’t as stable as was first envisioned. It was left that I would liaise with Terry on the matter. In the meantime we set to work on shaping the events prior to the unveiling of the Jabberwocky by the group. This would be based on the music created by the group, which is to be their soundtrack.
The section will start with the introduction of the Jabberwocky’s organs in this order:
Snorkelpump (Heart) with music by Laura, Claudia, Bryony, Kelsy, Melanie and Georga
Backstacker (Spine) with music by Sam, Sammy, Melissa
Think Tank (Brian) with music by James, Adam B, Ryan, Harry, Emma and Holly
Oxypump (Lungs) with music by Adam, Lewis, Luke Jason and Thomas
Flame Inflator (Fire throwing organ) with music by Jack, Adam H, Josh, Liam and Anthony
Each group was given the following tasks in order to create the movement. This is to be completed by my next session with them.
The Snorkelpumpers had the task of working as one (using the beat of the music) to physically create the shape of the Jabberwocky’s heart. The movement was to be as long as the soundtrack.
The Backstackers were to create their movement by using canon (same movement one after the other) to create the idea of a spine through “building” their movement. The parameters set were that they could build the movement on either a low level on the mid level.
The Think Tank was to base their movement on the idea that the brain works by using electrical impulses to various parts of the body. They are to move within a circle and use canon as a basis.
The Oxypump through using the idea of breathing (inflation/deflation) have to work as a one unit.
The Flame Inflators, using fire as an influence (the idea that the movement should be sparky, engulfing and sharp like fire) had to move almost like an amoeba across the space.
20th March 9am – 10.30
This session I had Matt with me. Because we were unable to use the tables in the Dining Hall due to Health and Safety it was decided that the animals would use the Jabberwocky pieces instead. Because the scene was near completion all that was done was to finish off the scene. Matt as Lewis Carroll encounters the Animals as follows:
Lewis Carroll meets the Animals (To Animal soundtrack and Cello played by Matt in Dining Hall)
Starting with the Animal Noises, a group at a time.
1. James & George – Sh Sh 2. Laura & Nicole – Swsh Swsh
3. William & Jack – Suck click 4. Lauren Molly & Caitlin – A-whoo
5. Matthew P & Nathanal – cars 6. Thomas & Taryn – ddd chch
7. Allan & Jack – Ring ring ding ding 8. Mackenna & Matthew B - ring ring
9. Daniel & Rachel – a-whoo 10. Aimee, Shannon & Victoria Musha
11. Hannah & Tanya – Shh 12. Chloe & Abbie - Shhh
13. Matthew & Naomi - A-whoo
All Animal Noises at the same time from soft to loud. End abruptly.
Repeat the above with the Animal moves with the same structure
When everyone moves around, all groups get in to their “what do you see…?” groups.
Cello and soundtrack stop.
In these groups the Animal noises continues until Lewis Carroll walks into the space. The scene starts with a yelp from one of the animals. This stops Lewis Carroll (L.C.). Noticing the Animals on the ground he steps in to have a closer look.
1. What do you SEE – on see jump towards L.C. on see (L.C. jumps back. and walks to next group)
2. When you look at me (L.C. is chased by one of the Animals to the next group)
3. Creep up – the group “sniff” Matt
4. Close – wolf howl sends L.C.
5. Listen – one animal points at L.C. Whole group – To My (the group pull him in towards them) Name – emphasis on Name
"What do you see when you look at me,
Creep up close and listen to my,
Name (on “Name” all the Animals rise up to their knees looking directly L.C.)
What do you see when you look at me!"
The group creep and crawl towards L.C. Introduction of the “Dictionary of the Animals” book to L.C.
L.C. runs through the list of Animals before the Tarantatoad stops him mid – sentence and gives L.C. the Riddle.
(Animals repeat each line after L.C.)
“Beware of the twisting, turning paths,
That will lead you to no good,
The jabberwocky will be lurking,
Deep in the Tulgey Wood”
On the word “Deep” all the Animals lurch towards L.C.
On the word “Wood” all the Animals point towards the Hall then retreat to the back of the Dining Hall, whilst the Tarantatoad hops towards the Hall. L.C. follows.
The group worked extremely well and fast with Matt, it was a real pleasure to work with the group!
10.45 – 12pm
We continued with the work started last week. Each organ (group) had to come in to the Hall one at a time (entering from their classroom exit) and perform their section (exit the space via the Dining Hall). An extra session has been added to the schedule for the week (Tuesday)
We decided that the legs of the Jabberwocky would be dispensed with.
1pm – 2pm
Jabber Ballad - Rachel’s Group
Caroline, Kate, Will (the trombonist) and I were all hands on deck in putting the scene together. My role was again supportive.
2pm – 3pm
Tulgey Wood – Jennifer’s Group
The group worked so well! They were a little confused by the term “snail” in the section and where it came from. Caroline in my absence explained that it was the seeds growing into trees so the term “seeds” was to be used instead. (I was very pleased with this). Lewis Carroll enters the Tulgey Wood as follows:
The Tulgey Wood ( To Tulgey Wood soundtrack and Cello played by Matt in Hall)
Group One – Fog starts as soon as the drumming sounds
Group Two – Fog starts when the cello “miaows”
Once finished everyone continues with their Fog movements to get into their “seeds” position
Then “seeds” movement
Jumping over logs and leaves – From a small shape on the floor, jump up and stamp
feet starting with the right three times
Toffee wrappers blowing – Swirl arms in the air, movement from high to low
Thorns cracking – High to low shape or vice versa with stabbing on Thorns Cracking
Blossoms swaving – wave the hands above the air
Ivy tendrils curling – splayed hands wrap around the body in a low shape to repeat all
(L.C. repeats the song after each line)
Smoke drifting – Waving arms in the air x2
Spider webs clinging – circle arms behind and stop in front of the face splayed hands
Shining in the moonlight - circle arms above the head full circle to floor (small shape)
Owls hooting – Right hand to mouth on Owls, on Hooting open hands very sharply
To pull away from mouth to high shape
Tweaking a - circle arm behind full circle to front
Warning – STOP
In the darkness - splayed hands in front of face and pull away from each other
Darkness - splayed hands in front of face and pull away from each other
Repeat the verse (everyone)
Into Trees section
L.C. to orchestrate.
Everyone stops moving on “flop”. Start moving again on “Bubble” to get into one big group, on the right side of the space. On the next sound, the group move towards L.C. and engulf him. Once the soundtrack finishes, the group as one say the following:
“Beware, The Jabberwock approaches!”
Then retreat into two lines, sat down on the floor, facing each other. As the lead tree passes in-between the two lines, the lines separate in front. When L.C. passes, the lines close very quickly as the words “Turn back! Keep going” are repeated. On the sixth time L.C. shouts “Trees make up your minds!” The group finishes on the words “Keep going!”
The lead tree says the words, “The Jabberwock is waiting”
L.C. leaves the hall
21st March 9am – 10.30am
The main focus of today was to make good use of Matt’s and Will’s times as Matt will not be present during tomorrow’s Dress Rehearsal.
Just finishing of this section and going through it several times!
10.45am – 12pm
1pm – 2pm
Consolidation of the section
2pm – 3pm
Judith’s Group – The Jabberwocky
This is the extra session with the group! We put just about everything together (the JW will be added tomorrow) so the finale is as follows:
The introduction of the Jabberwocky’s organs (in this order):
Think Tank (Brian)
Flame Inflator (Fire organ)
N.B. All exit through the doors to the Dining Hall (to pick up the JW parts)
9am – 10.30am
Finally we have put the Jabberwocky together! We’ve added to the section prior so the whole thing is as follows:
The Jabberwocky appears – (To Organs and Jabberwocky soundtrack with will playing Trombone in the Hall)
The introduction of the Organs as is then when Will’s Trombone sounds, enter running:
Everyone else to run into the Hall and get underneath (Group A under the Neck and thorax, Group B under the Abdomen and tail) the Jabberwocky and then shuffle into position with a space in-between Group A and B
Enter the Head of the Jabberwocky (held by two people from The Jabber Ballad Group)
The five Guardians of the Jabberwocky enter and take the jabberwocky’s head
The Trombone sounds twice then both groups start the “inside the Jabberwocky” movement
On sharp blast of the Trombone, the Head of the Jabberwocky races up to L.C. as the rest of the body parts join up behind (all those not holding the Jabberwocky run to the sides of the Hall and stay in position)
L.C. starts to stroke the jabberwocky (head rears up)
L.C. starts to run away (The Jabberwocky encircles L.C. with the Head finishing by the side of L.C.)
The Head lays low (when L.C. asks The Jabberwocky to sing, the Head rears up and accommodates)
Into Song (Everyone)
10.45 – 12pm
Philip’s Group – The Rubbish Puppets
Caroline asked if I could help this group in some way with the movement of the Rubbish Puppets (there are five in total). All that happens in this group is as follows:
The soldiers enter
Followed by the Rubbish puppets (file in one by one)
We have the Dress Rehearsal this afternoon. I am very confident of the success of the sharing!