Chance Encounter Blog

road map

a series of meetings "in" (at?) (on?) the performance space the last week or so. susan and i decided exactly where each player will enter and leave seward park during the performance of 'chance encounter,' and which ones will emerge from taxis, which from the east side diner across the street, etc. then there was the meeting with the archivists - both photo and video - who spent much of their energies trying to find stake-outs either within the library or around the park from which they could capture the changing spatial landscape of the piece. now i am deep in parts preparation, making sure that each player's individual part gives only the information and instructions that she/he needs - no more no less. the entire spectacle will unfold somewhat like a rube goldberg design, or one of those huge domino concoctions i used to see on 'sesame street.' each instrumentalist, then, is like one domino at any given moment. their part must simply tell them "when domino behind you falls and hits you, fall down." of course, the process of creating and proofreading such parts makes my brain hurt, but in a good way...