Online Hubbub: Aurélia’s Oratorio, Thursday, January 1, 2009

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

“I’d love to be able to find so much living space in a chest of drawers–think of the rent savings!”—Carolyn

“How to knit a limb back on!”—nikki

“Having the train pass through me – it is just such a great image.”—Evan H

“I would like to be able to have the kite fly me. I loved the series of images in which things were turned upside down (kite, face fanning the fan, etc), because it so playfully suggested alternative visions of reality.”—Alison d

“Jumping on curtains and swing in the air.”—Urszula

“The chest of drawers episode was completely fascinating – I’d like to be able to do that if only to be that flexible for once in my life!”—Louise O

“I would learn how to be the woman in the drawer with the sexy legs and hair.”—Claire F.

“I would like to scale the curtains because then I would be very strong.”—rudy bean

“The dance with her partner in the black and white suits.  The train trick at the end is pretty spectacular as well.”—Kim A.

“I want to learn to have my clothes fall onto me. It would be a fun and easy way to get dressed. I would also like to be able to knit a new leg if I lost one.”—Sarah M.

“Ribbon work.”—Shakti S.

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

“One of my favorite dreams is swimming underwater with schools of fish and sea creatures, and being able to breathe the water.  I can imagine Aurelia bringing this to the stage.”—Kim A.

“I want to fly through the Aurora Borealis. But I’d settle for getting a table at El Bulli.”—Carolyn

“Flying, through the sky or through my own memories.”—Alison d

“ ‘Controlled’ recklessness, ability to ‘fly’ and not be afraid of heights.”—Urszula

“You know those dreams where you can’t run away from danger, or run to catch a bad guy?  Well, I’d like to see that but where the dreamer somehow is finally able to exert control and regain control of their body to accomplish the needed action.”—Louise O

“To perform to the music of the composer whose biography I have written: Antonia Padoani Bembo (Venetian predating the scrumptious Vivaldi excerpts in her Oratorio).”—Claire F.

“Seeing the world upside down.”—Lina H.

“That we could go to sleep when the alarm clock goes off.”—rudy bean

“I would speak to the shadows of my past.”—Shakti S.

“To dance like she does and to have my husband dance like her partner.”—nikki

“To fly thru the air with the greatest of ease.”—Evan H

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?

“The series of images that included the kite flying Aurelia, the reversible coat dance with her partner.”—Alison d

“Flowers in vases, taxi ride, walking, dancing, coat hanger.”—Urszula

“The woman-flying kite, watering the clothes on the drying line, the two bottom halves of the dancing couple, the very aggressive empty coat.”—Louise O

“Flowers, Taxi, the upside-down dancer double with a “skirt” on performed by Julio Monge.”—Claire F.

“The first scene, with hands feet, arms and heads coming out of bureau drawers in unexpected ways prepared us for what came next.”—Eva A.

“The shadow walking and the real person doing the same gestures on the floor, wetting the laundry instead of drying it, and climbing on the rope upside down…”—Lina H.

“Kite flying the person, clothes wearing the person, storing shoes on a hat tree, etc. etc. etc.”—rudy bea

“The shadow walking the man; flowers upside down in a vase; Aurelia’s upside down taxi ride; of course, the puppet show (loved that part!!).”—Kim A.

“The shadow that was more upright than the cast-er, the actual inversions (ribbon stuff)….”—Shakti S.

“Clothes wearing people, flowers upside-down in a vase, holding a fan still and shaking the head…”—Carolyn

“So many! Plants, kite, people, rickshaw/taxi.”—nikki

“Puppets in audience, escaping down a rope, etc etc.”—Evan H

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

“My wife & I co-made a dance(her)/music(me) piece in the 80s.”—Evan H

“When there’s snow we’ve had some splendid domestic scenes develop in the back yard with the snow-folk sitting in the lawn chairs, enjoying a glass of wine and the newspaper with the snow-dog chewing a bone on the snow-rug.  Our Halloween decorations also fall into the art category most years – this year two straw people were playing cards, one headless because he’d been cheating with an Ace up his sleeve, beers in hand, the little toy gun on the table keeping things in line.”—Louise O

“Renaissance ensemble music, pop music, piano duets, writing my book. Just for the record, it was my mother, holding me as a baby, who spotted Charlie Chaplin in Heathrow and asked him if he would please kiss me. He did, and I wailed!”—Claire F.

“I am a pianist, and I wanted to become a pianist because of watching my mother play at home. I also have cooked and prepared dinner plates with my partner and my aunt, which feel like artistic projects!”—Alison d

“Home movies, drawings, discussions of arts.”—Urszula

“Photography.”—Lina H.

“My daughter and I played Blanche and Stella in A Street Car Named Desire.”—rudy bean

“Home movies/DVDs with scripts written by my children.  They are wonderfully creative!”—Kim A.

“Music and cake.”—Carolyn

“Family photo books…”—nikki

“We made a killer new year’s card.”—fonchik


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