WE BRING: One stage. One hour. One dance company.
YOU BRING: One request (e.g. music, prop, image, instruction).
THE SHOW: We see/hear your requests for the first time on stage and create an amazing performance experience with them…
Travel Art Dance Company is excited to announce the return of “Any Requests?” as part of the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival. “Any Requests?” is a fun, creative, improvised performance work built entirely around material supplied by the audience at each show. Audience members are invited to bring a request with them to the performance – a piece of music, a prop, an image, a direction, or anything else they would like to see in dance form. The performers see, hear (or otherwise experience!) each request for the first time when they are on stage, creating an improvised performance work on the spot around each one. By popular demand, the 2010 “Any Requests?” season will also feature a matinee performance, at which requests from junior members of the audience will be prioritised!
Friday September 24 at Dancehouse (150 Princes St, Nth Carlton) 8:00 PM
Saturday September 25 at Loop (23 Meyers Place, Melbourne) 4:00 PM
Saturday September 25 at Loop (23 Meyers Place, Melbourne) 6:30 PM
Sunday September 26 at Dancehouse (150 Princes St, North Carlton) 2:30 PM matinee
AUDIENCE INSTRUCTIONS AND FAQs
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 coming to the Sunday matinee performance, please also make sure the content of your request is suitable for young children.
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 any of the performances will be inappropriate for children, but the Sunday matinee performance (2:30 at Dancehouse) 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. 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 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 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 (email@example.com) and let us know.
Q. If my request is a digital image, will you be able to accommodate
it at either venue?
A. We will have projection facilities at Loop, but not at Dancehouse. So if your request is a digital image, photograph, animation, film sequence etc. suited to being projected please bring it to one of the Loop shows (Saturday Sep 25 at 4:00 or 6:30)
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 night. 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 are also trying something a bit different with this series of performances, and having some longer “combined” request sequences. Music, directions, images, props etc. will be introduced 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com), or leave a comment and we’ll get back to you… And keep an eye on this page, Myspace or Facebook for more updates as they become available!