FAQs – Any Requests? Castlemaine Fringe 2013

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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, as long as the content isn’t obscene, dangerous or damaging to the venue. If you are coming to the 5:00 show, we also ask that your request be appropriate for children.

Some examples of requests we’ve had previously are:

Music tracks – any genre.

Props – e.g. a puppet, a costume, a stack of old novels, a box of fortune cookies, musical instruments.

Directions – physical instructions, concepts for the dancers to think about while they’re dancing, instructions about the number of dancers on stage at any one time, etc…

Spoken word – e.g. poetry, advertising material, stories.

Images – e.g. photographs, drawings, book illustrations

Q. If I am bringing a request, what time should I arrive at the show?

A. If you could aim to arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time it would assist our volunteers with a smooth request-collecting process!

Q. Do you need to know any details about my request?

A. 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. artist, author, source, etc) with you on the night.

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 CD if possible. However, we are certainly able to accommodate other formats – if you would like to bring a music request in a format other than CD please just send us an email (travelartdance@gmail.com) 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 on a given 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 show. We can also combine requests from different audience members (e.g. if you have a prop you would like to be used with someone else’s music request, or an image you are happy to have used with someone else’s direction, etc.). Just let our volunteers know whether you’d prefer your request to be combined or not.

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 (travelartdance@gmail.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 (travelartdance@gmail.com), or leave a comment and we’ll get back to you… And keep an eye on this page or become a fan on facebook for more updates as they become available!

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