Music won’t be made, but maybe music can be conjured, if you know how.
Blue Note is a collaboration between theatre artists, musicians, and architects. A character study of a vocal ensemble, Blue Note follows seven singers in rehearsal, painting a picture of each person. As in a piece of choral music, the whole story is only revealed once the individual voices are singing together.
An elegiac investigation into loss within the realm of collaboration, Blue Note is a work in progress, an installation rather than a traditional theatre piece, and during both the rehearsal process and the formal presentations the audience can observe the ensemble rehearsing, and the performance evolving, over the exhibition period.
Blue Note was commissioned by Harbourfront Centre as part of Fresh Ground, the largest awards available to artists in Canada to assist with the production of new works. Nightswimming has led the theatrical development of Blue Note, while PLANT has created a spatial setting to allow the audience access to the performance, and to contain the work in a metaphoric environment that supports the emotional and narrative content of the piece.
The architecture of the space creates an acoustically, visually, and socially provocative setting to agitate the encounter and challenge the conditions between play/rehearsal, performance/installation and player/audience. A visual narrative of colour and fragments of text, and a series of malleable light and acoustic devices complement the performance, and can be activated by the players or the audience to create alternate narratives. Each element plays the role of both environmental set and metaphor, such as the rag wall which tempers the space acoustically and creates a textural linear narrative of wounded collaboration as the rags are tied together to become a single rope.