The Stage (Working Title) was created by UWE Architecture MA students in collaboration with The Arnolfini, Bristol, as a participatory space of modular theatrical ‘elements’ which can be moved and re-combined by performers and the public.
We were invited to use the space to re-imagine some of the Site Singing sites, and over a two day micro-residency, we used the hand-built props to combine existing recordings with the acoustics of the space, as a testing ground towards generating a live version of the project.
March 14th 2017, Day 1: Experimentation
Watch a video of work in progress on day 1
Hear work in progress from our time with the movable props of The Stage (Working Title) working with three Site Singing sites, Over Bridge (‘the bridge’), the Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn (‘the barn’), and Stoney Littleton long barrow (‘the barrow’).
These audio treatments, made by Chloé Turpin, are from material made during our first session, in which we took recordings, photos and drawings from the sites in as a starting point. We found certain props lent themselves to the three sites of The Bridge, The Barn and The Barrow very well, and we ended up successfully incorporating every single prop in the space. We installed the field recordings within the props and improvised live, inhabiting each site/prop for duration’s. Listening back, we took samples from each ‘site’, and made this audio as a basis to return to the space for a scratch performance.
Hear the full album here:
Singers: Ellen Southern, Chloé Turpin, Leila Gamaz
Photos by Ellen Southern and Thomas Sale
Read the Arnolfini blog article here:
First audience reaction…