Devising Notes

crow gang

A group of individuals working together as a whole

– in context? A murder of minds?

There are several different explanations for the origin of this term, mostly based on old folk tales and superstitions.

For instance, there is a folktale that crows will gather and decide the capital fate of another crow…

…But the term “murder of crows” mostly reflects a time when groupings of many animals had colorful and poetic names. Other fun examples of “group” names include: an ostentation of peacocks, a parliament of owls, a knot frogs, and a skulk of foxes.’ –

“I do not take notes as they were not mine to begin with, they are ours. There are no full stops; I hope this will encourage thought to transcend the page. There are commas for something has to happen next. There are question-marks, there are always questions.”

Space, breath, darkness, light, chanting, candles

Ceremony, rites and ritual, object exchange

Changes in rhythm, dynamic, levels

Creation, space and beauty

Sheets – for projections? Above? Within?

Recycling/Upcycling – gifts, objects

Plastic bags to make crow wings? Audience contribution – bones (from Sunday roast)?

Creating a structure to use? After the performance it can be made into merchandise, knitting single plastic bags into stronger bags, they could be advertised on the website? ‘Song of Crow’ bags-for-life

Patterns of movement

– Lines and angles, direct choices, intent (erratic energy can come into either)

– Soft, curves

The journey, not the destination


Boundaries – how to enter and exit the space (rites, ritual)

Transforming space – utilising key features, tools from site specific practice, set suspended on wires, the position of audience members, use sheets to hide the building interior so can reveal at choice moments as the piece progresses

Singing bowls, could audience keep them going, do they stay ringing when passed?

The opposites – creation/destruction

Characteristics – mirror/contrast

“Penned in the post-rehearsal glow, to develop or discard. I write without restriction and these notes are presented here as part of our process.”

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One thought on “Devising Notes

  1. So much food for thought here…even if many remain as ideas, they will be stored to germinate maybe for future performances. How the audience can truly participate. And to me, it also seems really important that perhaps nothing is left after the performances. No structure, no bones, no upcycling. Why? Partly because there is something so beautiful in allowing an experience to be what it is. Here. In the Here and Now. And largely because artists are tired. Very tired. Tired of being left to sweep the floor and clean the toilets once the audience has left. To take those plastic bags and upcycle them, because they promised they would, and no one else has pledged to do it. And then they have to take that structure home, and find a place for it, in the midst of a family home, and then they must…..

    The idea of the singing bowl – that will carry on singing, and we have all made it sing. Will it carry on ringing if we pass it on? Maybe we need to find that out.

    Deep, thoughtful thoughts, Ellen.


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