Life and Times is a planned 10 episode project, generated from a single question, which director Pavol Liska asked of company member Kristin Worrall: “can you tell me your life story?”
We had no idea when we started what the answer would be, or how long the answer would be, or what we would make with it. When Pavol called Kristin, she talked for 2 hrs and was still not done talking, so they made plans to call again, and again, and again – finally ten phone calls and 16 hours of recordings later – she had told us the story of her life. It was an incredibly generous and thoughtful answer, and we decided it deserved an equally generous and ambitious response by the company.
Life and Times is our largest work to date. It is divided into ten episodes, each of the episodes corresponds to a separate phone call. Episode 1 starts with birth and goes to age eight. Episode 2 is roughly 8-14. Episodes 3&4 tackle the period from 14 – 18, etc… although we do edit the material for length and some names are changed, we have committed to the actual transcripted text “as-is” We do not re-write the material or edit for sense or change the actual texture and nature of the language as spoken.
With each episode we attempt to tackle a different formal challenge. For Episode 1, we work within the form of musical/opera and mass spectacle. Episode 2 we explore dance. Episodes 3&4 are dealing with theater and the genre of the “whodunit” or locked-room murder mystery. Episodes 4.5 & 5 explore drawing, painting, animated film, and book arts. Episode 6 will be radio, and so on.
We hope to have the entire Life and Times project completed sometime in 2017.