Friday, May 30, 2008

Next, Hollywood

The applause was (justifiably) wild and everyone went home happy. We had an incredible week as everyone's work reached a climax of perfection. Students, teachers, parents and staff were all proud of the shows that were the culmination of many months planning and dreaming.

You can hear Webster's world premiere of The Phoenix and the Fish and Burroughs's premiere of Jungle Dreaming.

Video will follow when edited.

Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr did a feature on All Things Considered.

WCCO-TV did a brief spot very early one morning and KSTP-Fox 9 too.

Congratulations and thanks to all concerned. Until next time.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Into the Home Stretch

One week to go until Installation Day and the Rumble Strip is taking (enormous) shape. The poetry is being calligraphed elegantly around the organically-shaped rumble areas. Everything has been glued and painted and the warped plywood has been wetted and flattened, rescuing the whole thing from disaster.

It make quite an impression (and sound).

The Webster poets came up with some watery/sky imagery so their piece now has a name:
The Phoenix and the Fish

We started some bird and fish choreography (it is a school after all)

Burroughs visited last week to try out the actual instruments. Their piece,
Jungle Dreaming
gets very weird in the middle so gives us a good reason to play the Potato Dance (pictured). This involves passing a potato, held in your elbows, from one person to another without dropping it. The winner gets to carry the triumphal pineapple down the Strip.

The whole piece starts with the sounds of raindrops (the ends of the balloon flutes)

Friday, May 2, 2008

Webster Plays Some More

Listen to Webster as they combine stones, drums and gongs in a thrilling climax.

Philip did a spot on KFAI's Art Matters on 5/1/2008with Marya Morestad to promote the show.

Slowly the works are gaining direction and structure. The Rumble Strip materials have been delivered so much painting will follow...