Momenting Phase is probably my favorite phase of Blood Ensembles’ process.
Our Ensemble gets to come into a room and put ideas up on theirfeet. Ideas that we had in the spur of a moment, images we’ve seen in dreams, vaguely thought of concepts that we desperately need to see translated to an audience.
The Ensemble comes in with their “homework.” As an actor, you learn how to specifically ask questions of your Moment Director to get their vision represented accurately… questions like, “do you want me to walk in this straight line neutrally or do I have a sad feeling about walking towards the unknown?” To which, your Moment Director will respond, “I hadn’t thought about it. I think sad… but sad AND hopeful because I want that unknown to be something the audience looks forward to.”
In that room, everyone is a director, an actor, a writer and a designer.
For Barn Show, we learned a lot during our Momenting Phase. We learned that Moments constructed in the barn felt much different than moments constructed in various rehearsal spaces in Seattle. We learned that the walls of the barn were talking to us through these moments… we realized that moments that spoke to us seemed to be “of the barn” somehow. It feels as though when everyone agrees on a moment, that moment seems to be a part of the wood that constructed the barn, part of the foundations holding it up, part of the memories that any building can hold. It feels like we’re dancing in Dumbldore’s pensieve of memories and when we create, we pull out a few… and somehow? We know when we’ve got one.