Q. How does the show work?
A. Members of the audience are invited to bring a request with them to the show (although bringing a request isn’t a requirement of being part of the audience!). There will be volunteers collecting and compiling the requests as audience members arrive, so that the performers are kept suitably unaware of them… The performers start on stage and, as requests are played/projected/presented in the space, they create an improvised performance work around each one. There is no prior discussion between the performers, and nothing about the performance is set or choreographed beforehand.
Q. What can I request?
A. Almost anything (music, objects, images, instructions, spoken word, etc.) as long as the content isn’t obscene, dangerous or potentially damaging to the venue (no naked flame requests!). If you’re planning to come to the matinee performance, please also make sure the content of your request is suitable for children.
We’ve listed just a few of the requests we’ve received in previous shows below, if it helps with your brainstorming!
– Music (e.g. recorded music in any style, percussion instruments,playing something for us live, a music box)
– Directions (e.g. no music, but the dancers have to create the soundscape themselves, all dancers must start on stage in pairs, the dance can be in any style except that of the music, dancers to be in physical contact with each other at all times)
– Props (e.g. newspapers, a puppet, a packet of dry pasta, a skateboard, fresh flowers, Ikea furniture assembly instructions!)
– Spoken word (e.g. live and recorded poetry/prose, a picture story book read aloud on stage)
– Images (e.g. paintings, photographs)
Q. If I am bringing a request, what time should I arrive at the show?
A. Please aim to arrive up to 30 mins (no later than 15 mins) before the scheduled performance start time to ensure your request can be accepted.
Q. If I’m coming with young children, which performance will be most appropriate?
A. We don’t anticipate either of the performances will NOT be appropriate for children, but the 2:00 matinee performance will be a particularly child-friendly one, where requests from the junior members of our audience will be prioritised.
Q. Do you need to know any details about my request?
A. No, you don’t need to tell us any details about your request before the show. But if your request is something you did not create yourself please just bring any relevant details (e.g. title, artist, author, etc) with you on the day.
Q. If I have a music request, is there a particular format it needs to be?
A. For ease of collecting requests, we would prefer you to bring your music request on a CD if possible. However, we are certainly able to accommodate other formats, too – if you would like to bring a music request in a format other than CD please just send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know.
Q. Can I request more than one thing?
A. If your request is a combination of things (e.g. an image with a direction, or a prop with a piece of music) that’s fine. But our shows are unfortunately not long enough for us to accept more than one discrete unit of request input per person!
Q. Will you use every request you receive?
A. It depends how many we receive for the particular show. Our request-collecting volunteers will compile the requests for us, and if we receive many more than we have time to use, they may need to use their discretion about which would make the best combination for a particular show. If we receive a large number of requests, we may also have some “combined” request sequences, where multiple pieces of music, directions, images, props etc. are introduced gradually throughout the piece as the dancers are working – so if you’re happy for your request to be combined with others, please let our volunteers know!
Q. What if I REALLY want you to use my request, and I don’t want to risk just bringing it with me on the night?
A. If you send us an email (email@example.com) including your name, which show you will be coming to and what sort of request you will be bringing – e.g. music, prop, direction etc (but NOT the details of what your request actually is!) we can make sure your request is on a priority list for that show. Also, if you think your request may require any special accommodations for us to be able to use it, please let us know via email in advance..
Q. What should I do if I have a question that’s not on this list?
A. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org), or leave a comment and we’ll get back to you… And keep an eye on our website/facebook page for any updates in the meantime!