Well, we have successfully cast our newest production, Walk With Me, and started rehearsals this week! In the beginning rehearsals we focus mostly on ensemble building because each group of actors- even if some people have worked together before- is completely new. We must learn how to work together in this way for this purpose; something we have never done before. This process happens for each production and I love watching and being a part of it.
We’re working on creating a visual vocabulary for this production. Especially considering that this piece is more movement-based than any of our shows in the past; a visual vocabulary is important as we begin to devise the work together. We work on de-mechanizing our individual and ensemble movements to open our communication with ourselves and each other. We are exploring with great specificity how our muscles move, how we can use our muscles differently, and how we can connect to each other without words.
Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed is taking a large role in how we are building our visual vocabulary. T.O. has been startlingly helpful and unlocking in our work in the past; and it just so happens that our director for this production studied Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed in grad school. Kimberly Lacroix will be directing this piece- the first 5th wall production not directed by me (because I am performing instead!); though she is new to working with The 5th Wall, she has been a long time friend and we are excited to see how this project develops.
So let’s see how T.O. will aid us as we build an immersive show about sex trafficking. I mean, this show is literally about oppression. We want to honestly and respectfully tell this story. Boal is a great launching point to start building. T.O as well as contact improv will be used a lot moving forward.
Hopefully I’ll be able to keep little updates coming along the way- we are shooting a promo video for the show next week so that will be along shortly!
Save the date: December 3, 2016. Tickets will be on sale soon!
Bekah Jordan, Executive and Artistic Director
The 5th Wall Immersive Theatre Company