Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Some Hansel and Gretel Audio

This is some audio recorded at BAC as part of our Hansel and Gretel scratch work...


Hansel and Gretel - sharing work at BAC

After 5 days of work at BAC and a greta time with a big variety of people we shared some of our work and ideas on the Thursday evening - and had a great time doing it.

We also got some of it on video - see below....

It's only a short bit of the scratch after 5 days of work but at least it gives you some of the flavour.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

More Hansel and more Gretel...

Back into BAC today for more Hansel and Gretel madness. We have been working on lots of music using some simple tunes and motifs for the show. We have also been writing some lyrics which is really entertaining and a new thing for me. I keep thinking about the age range for the show and if the story is too scary – terrible things happen in the story – famine and cannibalism and death. We have been trying to have fun with these and keep then playful, to make sure that we explore them in a playful and questioning way.

We worked on the story and how to tell it trying to find out what we thought was important in the story.

Some lyrics for the story

Birds came down out of the trees and the bushes

And they ate up all of the crumbs

(that Hansel had dropped)

And when they woke from their sleep

They were lost in the forest

The way home had been devoured

(by the birds from the first verse)

Unai’s hungry Witch was very funny and scary as was his description of her hideous appearance…

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Starting new work at BAC

Today was the first of a few days of development work at BAC in London. We were starting work on our new Christmas show based on Hansel and Gretel. It's a bit weirs to start working on a 'Christmas Show' in April but this is just the first workshop stage. The finished show will be on at the Junction in Cambridge in December of this year.
We have just started working on some ideas and messing around a bit. We spent a lot of time talking about the story and what it means and how nasty it is...
We also spent some time just playing around with some games and costumes. I have worked with Carly and Unai before but this is the first time that Steffi has worked for NIE - she was very very funny today.

Unai found out that the floor was not that clean.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Two Awards for NIE!

On the 5th April, our show Everything Falls Apart/Kollaps won the award for Best Production in Schools Touring in Norway 2011. The prize is 100.000 NOK and the award was presented to Kjell and Iva Moberg, NIE's Associate Directors, by the Norwegian Culture Minister at a special ceremony. The prize money will be spent on educational development projects, carried out by members of NIE’s ensemble over the next few years. Everything Falls Apart/Kollaps will be presented during the NIE Festival Vol.II in Dramatikkens hus in Oslo on the 13th May 2011

And then...

On the 6th April, the Norwegian Association for Performing Arts (DTS) announced that NIE will receive the Artistic Bravery award during their Annual Assembly on the 29 April. To celebrate this, My Life with the Dogs will be presented at Oslo´s brand new theatre Det Andre Teater also on the 29th April.