Bollywood Nights - The Return to Bollywood
First, I need to apologize to myself and my friends for being so inattentive to my own personal writing process. I began this blog 5 years ago in hopes of giving myself and others some focus on my personal life and our communities history. I put off this writing largely because I find that as I continue to get drawn deeper and deeper into new technologies and new ways of thought, those ingredients only tend to drive me further towards finding new ways to express my self through art & technologies. This keeps me progressing as an artist, but slows me down as a writer. That my friends is a long chapter it self... and not one for this particular point of view today.
Today, in order to prepare myself and my fellow travelers for this new 2019 production that I am calling "Bollywood Nights," I have decided to lay out my complete vision for the upcoming Saturday August 24th live performance date. My hope is that this chapter will inspire & inform not only my fellow dancers/actors in this production, but by revealing my creative point of view, it may bring you closer into the center of your own personal creative process as well. "Bollywood Nights" may be a new production to you perhaps, but it has been in development for well over a decade. I will back track briefly as a point of history and so you can understand how i developed what I believe to be a new art form and how I created a platform to show it.
The Mother of Invention is the Mother of necessity. In the year 2000 I took the position of Chief Audio Engineer & Production Manager for the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, I position that I held for nearly 16 years. Besides having the incredible opportunity to work with some of the greatest artists and touring talent in the world, It gave me the equally benefits of developing, what I call music/video syncs and mash-ups. On taking this position, I inherited a 30'x50' theater movie screen in this grand old room and immediately started searching out the best ways to use it. I was already deep into exploring the urban legend "The Dark Side of Oz" and was well equipped with the video & audio editing software to put some new ideas on the big screen. I was fortunate enough to be able to create something in the morning and display it that night as part of the walk in pre-show entertainment. If you have been to any of my productions at The Mystic Theatre in Petaluma CA. during my 16 year run, undoubtedly you've already seen some of my video syncs at door time.
So, what is my form of audio mash-up and music video sync presentation all about? well, it's basically a magic trick that happens between your eyes, ears and your brain, or more to the point when your perception get mislead. The hand (frame rate) is quicker than the eye! When you take 2 independent sources of materials like audio and video that have no real time connection to each other and then reintroduce them to a new reality or story line... that's where the magic happens!
For example take Billy Idol's "Dancing with Myself" and play it while you watch Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain." As your Professor of course, there is no greater sync than the Mother of all syncs my "Dark Side of Oz." You can see how this magic works for yourself, try it! Through the years of developing my creative process for this art, I have found certain subject matters that work perfectly with this form of expression. The wonderful, colorful, story lined music videos from Bollywood are prime subjects for me to re-introduce to my crazy world of music mash-up syncs and ultimately for your viewing pleasure! But this isn't your typical DJ show by any means, if anything it is a multi-media platform for dance, fx lighting, room environment and performance art with a heart & soul!
On that note my friends allow me to introduce you to our "Bollywood Nights!" A full stage, full screen dance extravaganza scheduled this Summer at The Redwood Cafe in Cotati! Sat. 8/24/19
Technically his 2 part, 2 hour live stage presentation will include the use of my big 10x10' movie projection screen as well as full 1080HD projected presentations of my Bollywood syncs shown on stage with live dancers/actors flanking each side of the screen. Our actors/dancers on stage loosely represent the main characters of the story line of our performance... the classic Hindu story of "Ramayana of Valmiki." Rama & Sita, as well as the animation & story line of "Sita Sings the Blues" act as a song narrative through out our show. Where I believe the concept gets the most interesting is that all of the mash ups that I'm using represent western culture pop, rock & hip hop dance music anthems and the lyrics, which can be very different than the intended Indian story lines and can be hilarious and sometimes mind altering.
Our production team headed by Your Professor: Randy Teaford (Randy Teaford) for Bollywood Nights" has taken the ID tag of "The Fab 4" and are now in the middle of grasping the concept and the motivation of the musical story line. Every good story has it's characters, It is my pleasure to announce my 2 lead actor/dancers playing the parts of Sita and Rama in "Bollywood Nights"... will be Kimberley Charp (Kimberley Charp) (Sita) and Patrick Malone (Patrick PJ Malone) (Rama). Kimberley, is well trained in the art belly dancing and burlesque, while Patrick rules the stage when fronting numerous rock bands in the Bay area. Together they will make a dynamic team and as we'll all find out... sparks will fly!
As I have explained my concept to them and now to all of you, The purpose of the actors/dancers on stage is two fold, it's not necessarily to dance like a Bollywood dancer, it's more about interpreting the western culture song lyrics with movement, while engaged with each other and the interacting with the audience. For the actor/dancers, there are no vocal speaking parts in the entire show... their dialog comes primarily from knowing the lyrics to western culture dance classics and interpreting those lyrics in hand & body movement. Since all of the dialog on my music mash-up already look like a bad dubbed B movies, anything even close to the original lyrics looks correct :-)
As I tend to do in my productions, I wrap my entire life and art into one big public demonstration.
Love, laughter & hope... all of the ingredients for any person to fall in love with their Muse are here for you to discover! The good news for me this year is that for the 1st time I will be able to multi-cam video record this event, making it even more of a public spectacle for all to enjoy... for the dancers who dance on their feet, and those of us who dance like crazy in our heads!
There are obviously a lot of aspects that I don't want to reveal here, because it will be all about the moment for those of you who are supposed to be there. This presentation will be a high energy dance show with limited seating, no advance pre-sale tickets all in a intimate limited capacity room.
$10 door - Dancer's Come in costume and you're in FREE!
Saturday August 24th - The Redwood Cafe in Cotati Ca. USA.
After a 12 year urban legend run, There is no "Dark Side of Oz" this year class...
it's a class field trip and we are all going to Bollywood!
8:00 - PM door w/ DJ Ron
8:30 - BN Part #1
9:30 - 9:45 w/ DJ Ron
9:45 - BN Part #2
10:45 - Encore?
11pm - end.
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