Monday, September 28, 2015

Politeness Counts

Monday, September 28, 6:30pm - As I sat in front of the Tang waiting to get in for our evening workshop, thoughts of the Thursday performance circled around...The idea was to move throughout the museum with the pieces, but where to start? As student athletes were coming and going from evening practice, and the "Thank You" grocery store paper bag sculpture by Jonathan Seligman stood in front of the museum, lightening struck- what about a short readers piece that expressed gratitude through sports team huddle cheers. One that came to mind was from my own high school days- "2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? ___________ (enter name here)!!!"

I ran it by the Tang Readers (seniors, Alicia Graziano and Liz Aaron) who confirmed that the cheer still existed and were super supportive and encouraging of the idea (: D).  Like the Readers Chorus in LA, we quickly worked out the kinks and formulated the foundations for the cheering score. My hope is to run this with Liz Macy's gamelan class of 25 tomorrow. Fingers crossed. For now the piece is titled after the sculpture it was inspired by- Politeness Counts.

The Tang Readers Chorus gatekeepers Alicia Graziano and Liz Aaron in the Machine Project installation.