Online Hubbub: Aurélia’s Oratorio, Sunday, December 21, 2008

If you could learn how to perform one of Aurélia’s tricks, which one would it be and why?

“Hanging from that giant scarf/ribbon thing and using it as a hammock looked like fun. Although if I learned anything, it would probably be one of the tricks that involved being upside down for awhile. I have an irrational fear of being upside down that I would love to overcome!”—Brandy B

“The male dancer and the coat that fought him.”—Al G

“The train through the body tunnel trick – from where I sat, it looked impossible!”—Anonymous

“Well the obvious choice would be the chest of drawers, but I also would love to know how they get into and out of those jackets so seamlessly.”—Kathryn W.

If you could ask Aurélia to bring a dream to life for you, what would it be?

“My dreams always involve several people, all of whom seem to have a better idea of what’s going on around me than I do. My favorite parts of this production were the interactions between Aurélia and Julio, so I’d love to see more of that.”—Brandy B

“The performance was better than any dream.”—Al G

“For years, I had a dream child – a little girl with brown hair, who grew a few months every few years.  When I finally realized she was me, and that we were both in the place where we were meant to be, she disappeared – inside.”—Kathryn W

Victoria Chaplin was inspired to create this production by illustrations from a book about a world turned upside down. What elements of inversion did you notice in the production?

“There were several, but the ones that stick out in my mind are the kite flying Aurélia and the fan.”—Brandy B

“Many juxtapositions of space and cause and effect.”—Al G

“The whole series where Aurelia went to sleep when the alarm clock went off, the mouse bringing in a dead cat.”—Anonymous

“The kite flying the person.  The puppets watching the ‘people’ show.  The jacket with a mind of its own.”—Kathryn W.

Aurélia’s mother directed her in this production.  What artistic creations have you made with your family (in public or at home)?

“My older sister loves theater, and when we were young I was always dragged into performances in front of our family. Sometimes we’d use my grandmother’s old records as a starting point to invent a story, other times we would reproduce scenes from our favorite Disney movies. I remember one performance with a cast including my sister and each of my feet (as individual characters). In another one, I played the whale in Pinnochio–my costume was a blue blanket.”—Brandy B

“We have never expressed ourselves much, except in humor and music, but not in movement.”—Al G

“Tap dancing.”—Kathryn W.

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One Response to Online Hubbub: Aurélia’s Oratorio, Sunday, December 21, 2008

  1. Rufus says:

    Dream Theater is in the studio again, and I can’t wait to see what magic they produce!

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