Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Pillow Posts -- 8-15-07

Sorry I haven't posted much recently--I've gotten to that part of the summer where everything has pretty much become routine (Oh, you want us to replace an entire lineset? Yep, been there, done that), so I don't consider as many things interesting enough to write about. At the same time, I'm also tired, so I have less energy to write. However, we're getting close to the end of the summer, and there are some things I want to cover before I forget about them.

First off, last week was Mark Morris Dance Group. For some reason, they traditionally start their performances a day early, which meant that we didn't get a day off last week. That was okay with me, because I ran sound, and I got to work with live musicians, which are kind of a trademark of Mark Morris. Another trademark of Mark Morris is that he's a personality, and he certainly is that--when one of the interns came onstage to give him flowers at the end of the performance, he swooped her down and kissed her full on the mouth in front of 600 people and a bunch of video cameras.

This week we have Henri Oguike, and his choreography is some of the best I've seen this summer--I really like it. I also like the fact that he brought freaking taiko drums with him. The drumming piece is loud and energetic and a whole ton of fun. Apparently the drumming keeps shaking loose bits of wood and dust from the rafters of the theatre, and anything loud enough to do that gets my enthusiastic approval.