Stage Picture

Susan Messing gave her “Group Pretty” workshop about stage picture a few weeks ago, and the topic came up again during Tara’s workshop today.

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Messing’s class was devoted to how symmetry and mirroring could be combined to create great stage pictures, taking a bottom up approach in which individual performers could use techniques to construct a better visual picture by being conscious about how parts could play a role in the whole.

In Tara’s class, the discussion came up in more of a top down fashion. In one of our openings, we had largely stayed in a semicircle of death except for one scene in which we’d switched into a more visually dynamic choral stack. Tara pointed out that the choral stack is more likely to arise when a team is attempting to construct a single picture (e.g. a machine) than multiple individual pictures.

In both cases, there was a common theme: play out towards the audience.

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