In a theatre, there are heaps of unknown trades – poorly known – of the public.
And in the series: the unknown professions that make children dream, children who do not like school studies, we find:
The sound engineer
The light engineer
The stage manager
The technical director
Bring these children to see a technical set up, and you will suddenly hear their desire to “do like the gentleman”.
They will see the knots that hold the stage curtains.
They will see that each knot is done by hand
They will realize that the sound engineer will go down 10 times if necessary his speaker – if the sound is not correct, he changes the layout
They will discover with amazement that you have to be awfully muscular to lift the “small” speakers…
They will admire the women who do the job, without seeming to think about it.
They will see the light tests and will stay “baba”
They will see the meters and meters of cables unfold before their eyes
They will go up in the fly lofts and will find all that oddly high….
They will realize that all these people are working live
That they are here to ensure that the whole show goes well
And that nobody notices when “that” went wrong
And “it” often goes pretty well – perfectly with the technicians. A horror without them
That they have incredible schedules and that they remain hours after the end of a show to disassemble everything
That they know how to do everything with their hands
That often before they were seamen – and they are not afraid to climb so high …. In France, we have many former sailors, that’s for sure.
And with all that, even if the children do not like the theatre, not the circus, not the music, not the dance, not the puppets …. they like the technique.
And they come back to the theatre, to see how “they” did, the magicians we never see – the men in black so that the spectators do not see them working.
These meetings do not look like amazing.
But they are fundamental to creating a real link between children and their theatre.
It is therefore a fundamental element of the Altair machine.
Create the links between us and you!
And now, let’s dream of photographs taken by Gav in a place like this, with these artificial lights! It will be a pure pleasure…