and, oh, the other thing i meant to ask about was whether anyone was doing / had thought about doing anything to promote the gig maybe a week or so before? definitely up for it! we can go hang around Covent garden or Camden (although camden is not very art friendly)
kind of flyering-combined-with-street-installation-of-human-art.
i have some ideas but i may be being overly ambitious with the amount of time i have at my disposal / amount of street space etc etc.
Well the ideas rattling around my brain currently are as follows, so everyone feel free to throw in your opinions, ideas etc. As the aim here is to promote the show they do focus on amanda....
- The first idea is actually from my little sister. She thought that we could have several scenes arranged in a line, each one containing someone dressed as amanda & portraying a different part of her life / career, the last in the series being a dead-amanda. Other scenes might be an eight foot bride, a dresden dolls scene etc. These could be living statues, interactive or a happy medium between the two. But together the scene would form a chronology leading to the tragic demise of amanda.
Space, however, could be quite problematic here, as well as costumes, props etc as these would be fairly specific.
- Another idea was to have a kind of police line up / cluedo thing going on. Have "amanda" lying dead in the fore, covered in a veil, flowers etc (similar to outside koko), & then behind her have the police line up. The line up would be composed of people holding masks to their faces (yes, you inspired this one raliel...) & wearing a number around their neck with a number as in a real line up. Each mask would be a photo of anyone whose face is fairly well known in the media - say Rihanna, Margaret Thatcher, George Bush, Winnie the Pooh.... (could we get away with that?)
Other than that people could wear whatever they felt appropriate - although probably not something the person on their mask could wear. It would be quite cool for each potential murderer to also be holding a cluedo based weapon - a candlestick etc, but i'm not sure if that would work as surely we couldn't be brandishing large knives, although we could probably make it work even if the weapons got less & less likely! "Who Killed Amanda Palmer" would be chalked across the floor somewhere, & in addition to the statues people could hand out flyers advertising the gig.
I really like this idea, & it shouldn't be too hard to arrange, as well as leaving quite a lot of creative input available to everyone taking part. What does anyone think?
- Another idea would be to have someone narrating short stories - each story a possible scenario of how amanda could have died, while a several people mime or hold a freeze frame - a different one for each story.
However - firstly this could sort of be "stealing the thunder" from amanda & neil gaiman's book before it's even released, AND, it would require short stories to be written, & choreography of mime acts to be planned so that they matched the times of the stories - so REHEARSALS, & costumes would be more specific too. In an ideal situation with limitless time & resources & space this would also include a small musical ensemble providing a dissonant, atmospheric underscore. But yes, this idea is somewheet impractical.
So um, yeah. I think that was the extent of my ideas.
Please please please let me know what you think everyone as i have no experience whatsoever in street art performance, & haven't studied drama since around age fourteen.
And i have exams on thursday so don't even have time at my disposal at this exact moment in time.
Butt i do have enthusiasm.