Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Director's Note

It was Bernard Shaw who said,
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
In this provocative context, the story of jazz funnels the lives of a group of musicians into one man.
His journey from grave to stage is one of angst and exhilaration. His solemn funeral service is played out against intimate details of relationships he shared.
The stark treatment in staging draws you in to his mindspace which is inextricably woven with the present.
Interactive black and white projections have been inspired by the images from the same Jazz era, conjuring up characters, relationships, loves and times.
And the story flows between the stage and the screen, between the mentor and the pupil. Between death and life..

For me directing the play has been a journey of discovery- distilling out the essence - so that what is left is the spirit and truth.
I enjoyed the experience. hope you do.

Etienne Coutinho

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