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Our Fathers development summary 2011 17 Jan 2012

 

This is an edited version of a report written by dramaturg Brian Mullin to bring everyone up to date with artistic progress, especially director Juan Ayala and choreographer Jean-Marc Serrano who will be joining the process for the next (main) rehearsal process beginning 23rd January.

 

Since the first work-in-progress showing last April at mac, the focus of our work has shifted....

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Our Fathers Jan 2012 rehearsal first week 23 Jan 2012

By Lydia Burke - Assistant director, Our Fathers

To sum up the first week: we have been rediscovering old material and generating new ideas. The company last worked together in December for a week of rehearsals at Warwick Arts Centre. This is also when I joined the project as production assistant. It has been really exciting and interesting for me to gain first hand experience of the devising process. On Monday the compan...

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Shaping the show 02 Feb 2012

by Brian Mullin - Dramaturge, Our Fathers

 

When you’ve been developing a show for two years, you generate LOTS of material.  And when that show is very intimate and personal, you get attached to particular stories, characters, and moments.  ‘Our Fathers’ has been workshopped in many different forms, in three different cities, under at least three different titles. 

Right now, though, as the c...

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Thoughts on Our Fathers by Dr Laura King (Historical Consultant) 05 Apr 2012

Since starting to work with Babakas last autumn, on their piece on fatherhood past and present, ‘Our Fathers’, we’ve been sharing material and ideas on a regular basis. Yet I hadn’t had the opportunity to see a full rehearsal of this work in progress until the Bite Size festival led by China Plate at the Warwick Arts Centre in March. The show in its current form is exciting, engaging, emotional – and provides so much potential for ou...

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They Come Over Here R&D - dramaturg's notes 13 Nov 2013

‘What if we turned the map upside down?’

We use the imperfect, reductive tools of history and geography in order to get a handle on our material.  Maps and timelines.  Linear, two-dimensional.  How can we subvert these?  We put them on the ground, and tread over them, re-draw them.  Annie plays with ways of embodying them.  Scott projects national symbols, flags, and iconic images onto the perform...

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They Come Over Here R&D - dramaturg's notes 14 Nov 2013

We are a theatre ‘company,’ a word associated with a kind of collectivism, a democratic ethos.  Everyone gets a say.  It’s not individualistic.

And yet, as economist Martin Slater reminds us, this term stems from the advent of capitalism, a financial mechanism created by Italian city-states, perfected in the Low Countries.

Nations usually take the rap for colonization, but the entities that carried it out were...

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They Come Over Here R&D - dramaturg's notes 15 Nov 2013

Proposition: This is NOT a piece about colonialism.

 

It’s about…

Territory.  Contracts.  Dividing things up.

Gold

 

Mosquitoes

White ants

Germs

Infestations

Swarm intelligence

The territorial dances of birds

Ruffled feathers

 

Permission

Agreements

Treaties

Boundaries

Surrend...

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They Come Over Here R&D - dramaturg's notes 16 Nov 2013

New flatmates dividing up an apartment:

‘I don’t have much time.’

‘Can I say something?’

‘Let’s establish the utilities…’

‘Can we think about the communal space?’

 

A couple separating after years:

‘Is this th...

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They Come Over Here R&D - dramaturg's notes 17 Nov 2013

Journeys.

On the first day, Mike took us around the globe, along the lines that we and our families have traveled.  Also through billions of years of human migration as well…

We seem to agree that this show shouldn’t stay seated.  Space needs to keep being reconfigured, we want to take people on an actual journey, to keep giving them a sense of disorientation, new encounters.  What are the ways we can do...

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They Come Over Here brainstorms @ BAC 16 Jun 2014

Exploding and interrogating the ideas behind the show...

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From 'The Complete Indian Housekeeper & Cook' (1888) 14 Nov 2013

 by F.A. Steel & G. Gardiner:

‘The bearer should always be on guard against the ravages of white ants, fish insects, and other vermin; and in the rainy season he must not forget the periodical airing of all woolen clothes, blankets, rugs, &c.

‘Another important work of the bearer is making the beds, excepting, of course, those in the ayah’s charge...

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From the 16th C. 'Requerimiento' 15 Nov 2013

Read (in Spanish) to the peoples of South America before the conquistadores attacked them and their lands:

‘…Because of the great numbers of people who have come from the union of these two [Adam & Eve] in the five thousand years, which have run their course since the world was created, it became necessary that some should go in one direction and that others should go in another. Thus the...

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An incident from Greek occupation 16 Nov 2013

In December 1803, the Souliotes began evacuating Souli after their defeat by the Ottomans.  During the evacuation, a small group of Souliot women and their children were trapped by Ottoman troops in the mountains of Zalongo.  In order to avoid capture and enslavement, the women threw their children first and then themselves off a steep cliff, committing suicide. According to the legend, they jumped down the precipice o...

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Interrogating Our Received Ideas 10 Nov 2013

10 November 2013

 

Before entering the rehearsal room on our new show THEY COME OVER HERE, each of the company members reflected on their relationship to their nation’s colonial past:

Lucy (ENGLAND)

In school, we learned that Britain had the largest empire in the world at one point, but now we’ve given all the countries back because ‘we know better.’ I don’t really r...

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