So, finally, at long last, here is the video of the first performance of the first of the three stories that were produced. I hope you like it!
Above is a picture of guitarist Maximilian Bauer, actress Nina Heithausen, clarinetist Judith Damm, and to the right of the shot, Hayley Glickfeld-Bielman, the person whose brainchild this project has been. The location is the Think Tank room at JOSPEHS®, the public contact part of the Fraunhofer Institute, a place similar to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Germany. They were the ones who invented the mp3.
Here's a quick snapshot I took with my phone of the people hanging around chatting and enjoying some incredible Bavarian beer after the show. We had 25 people show up which was a record for this dance studio, at least for productions inside their facility. They were very happy with us and we with them. They are the Tanzzentrale Region Nürnberg.
I have found that subtitling is a little more difficult that I had first imagined, so I may put up some video of the Fraunhofer performance and post it here only. I don't have access to all of the video that was taken from the full show premiere (pictured directly above).
So, the premiere of the music at the Fraunhofer Institute was lots of fun and then the premiere of the full show for Nur-So Geschichten (The Just-So Stories) was incredibly fun. We had a really good turnout for the show, too! I got both on video, but since most of the people reading this blog tend to be English speakers, I'll put subtitles in before posting. That might take a while, but I'm pretty free this week. Stay tuned
So, at long last, I have some time to give an update. This time I have actual photographic evidence! We've been working out transitions and rehearsing with full costumes all this week. It's been a lot of difficult and frustrating work, but it has all been work that the whole crew enjoys doing and we seem to share the strict belief that it will be very much worth it.
Above: Here is a moment from How The Leopard Got Its Spots. Max Bauer (on the ladder), Elisabeth Schlicksupp as the pre-spotted Leopard, the "Kamel" peeking out over the prop, Narrator Nina Heithausen as the as yet not black Ethiopian (Thanks Mr. Kipling. But I suppose he had no idea how awkward that would become 110 years later.), And clarinetist Judith Damm as the Zebra.
So, here is the handbill advertising the musical performance (without sets and dancers) that's happening this Saturday. JOSEPHS® is a part of the Fraunhofer Institute and seems to function as an interface with the general public. It has a really nice coffee shop with free WLAN (German for WiFi). The search for WiFi was how I found this place. The people there are so nice and through some conversations in my terribly broken German it became known why I was in Germany in the first place. German switched to English and next thing I knew we had a performance scheduled. Dumb luck was on my side that day! Here's a link to their website, but it doesn't seem to have an English version.
Here is our clarinetist Judith Damm with her mask for her role as the dog. The scene she's preparing for is from How the Camel Got Its Hump. There's also an ox and a horse and a genie involved in the story. It's looking really cool now as the costumes are getting added (this photo is from last Tuesday). More pictures coming soon!