Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Lake Effect Fringe Fest

Cangue League invades local theater sampler!

Lake Effect Fringe Fest is a festival of local theater groups performing in a two week period to heighten awareness for the various groups.

February 11th & 12th Cangue League will put up another full 90 minutes of contemplative, challenging, provocative and entertaining avant-garde theater pieces.  Besides using a different set of lenses to spy on familiar ideas and attempting to verbalize new perspectives we consider our job incomplete if we don't incorporate the audience, if only to hold a noisy candle.

In "Flowers", our very first show, we invited our guests as they entered the lobby of Dog Story Theater to help colour a section of clear 16mm film. Some chose to memorialize their moniker while others used a more abstract pen coloring random (seemingly) lines and splotches of many hues.  At the very end of our performances I enlightened the crowd as to the title of the piece that they participated in - "Communion".  After projecting our cameraless film I cut it into 3 or 4 frame snippets depositing each clip into an envelope marked "Communion" and distributed it amongst the audience.  We could all meet on a future date and splice it back together, to rejoin  for another screening.  We will do "Communion II" for Fringe Fest but with an additional twist. Come commune with us!

For our second show, "Revolutions", we decided to incorporate the audience in one of the renown Cangue League Orchestra's seminal compositions. The Orchestra employs marbles in bowls to create a mesmerizing whirl of sound as a basis for some of the musicians more exotic vibrations.  The twist was that each audience member was handed a can with a marble with a candle inside.  As the music swelled our grand media tech, Josh Dunigan slowly lowered the theater lights until we witnessed only a glow from each seat in the room.  It was beautiful.


Whispered Consuela in the Dark

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