“Choral Analysis”

Creativity / Audience.

“Choral Analysis”, it’s a pure & free translation – I’m sorry. It means that it’s a way of watching a show that catches the attention of an audience that doesn’t terribly want to be there.

This is a kind of exercise, which we did not invent at all, that we propose mainly to secondary and higher education teachers (from 15 to x years old).

This exercise absolutely requires the presence of a large group, because at the end it will be a question of putting together everything that has been observed to arrive at a “critique” of the show.

Here is the principle: the students are asked to divide into small groups (4 to 6 maximum).
Each group is then asked to carry out an observation and memorization exercise.
The first group should, for example, focus on the sound effects during the show.
Group n°2 will be in charge of the music. Then, together, they will try to establish which sound feelings were wanted during the show, to produce which effects.
Group n°3 will be in charge of observing the lighting – before that, they will have some points of reference: they will go to the show with the few most classical lighting used –
The group n°4 will be in charge of observing the colors used for the lighting in relation to the situations staged .

And so on, in order to have a look at everything, that can be noted as elements of creation on a stage.
This has the enormous advantage of highlighting all the technical dimensions of a show, to which a spectator does not pay much attention.

Each group is asked to remember and not write anything down on the day itself. The ideal is to put everything back together the next day.
Then each member of the group gives what they have found.

And at the end, each group presents a summary of their observations.

As a result, all those who did not know why they were there find a use “before”.

During the show, by dint of being forced to pay attention to one thing, they feel robbed.
And most of them end up paying attention to the whole show. Usually, their readings are for the most part in the first few minutes of the show – and then only concern what impressed them.

And because they’ve managed to identify work that is ‘hidden’ but in front of their eyes, they feel much closer to the company.
I have never yet read any negative criticism when groups embark on this exercise. And yet, not all the shows were unforgettable works.

If you can get them to meet some of the technical staff, they will quickly become a fan.

At this point, we have won.

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Featured Image : Technical File from Vertikal – M. Merzouki

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