re:group are theatre-trained artists who make live cinema events. Our development process involves rigorously studying genre-specific film language, storytelling and cinematography techniques to develop a screenplay for the stage.
We storyboard each scene, identifying the framing and camera placement, and place this form within the constraints of live theatre. By developing a meticulous choreography, actors double as editors, cinematographers and film crew, rushing across the stage to achieve visual synergy on the screen. The end result is ‘the making of a movie’, where the audience watch a film performed, edited and shot in real time.
This time, our challenge is to use only one performer, replacing cast-members with cameras, replayed footage, and green screen. This project was confirmed for presentation at SUBSTATION as part of Next Wave Festival in May 2020. Due to the impact of COVID-19, our project outcome has shifted, as we begin to explore digital, livestream and online presentation modes.
Coil asks, “What happens when we task our technologies with the role of collaborator?”
In the past, re:group has created works with large groups. We aim to create a project that encapsulates our ambitious, frenetic, live cinema practice, with the challenge of reducing the cast to one performer and presenting work in isolation.
Creating a work together for the very first time as interstate collaborators forced us to think about staying creative in isolation, long before coronavirus. Since December 2019, Coil has been rehearsed via Zoom each week, with our members connecting and presenting film sequences in a rehearsal-cum-livestream video chat.
Now more than ever it seems uncannily relevant that we find a way to present this work, centred around a lone performer using technologies as replacement collaborators, for a possible world-wide audience practicing social distancing.
Contributing to this campaign will allow you the opportunity to engage in our adjusted but committed creative practice, as we attempt to forge an online arts community and find innovative ways to communicate and relay the information differently.
See behind the scenes how we work as live cinema practitioners, and contribute to an exciting new show that takes the making of a movie, live on stage, to the digital realm.