The Films As Performance
Two award-winning blue-chip documentary series, now recreated as spellbinding live orchestral performances. Presented on stage by filmmaker Niobe Thompson and conducted by composer Darren Fung.
Knowing the importance of synchronizing picture and music, our team brings a time-coded playback and click track system to each venue, complete with headphones for every player, monitors displaying picture and visual click track, and all the computer hardware to drive the system in a robust fashion. All members of the orchestra wear headphones playing a dynamic click track (with multiple meter and tempo changes) synchronized to the picture. All musicians, including chorus, will be able to see the measure count displayed in one of several monitors dispersed throughout the orchestra.
This system was rigorously tested in workshop (two-piano) settings, before the program’s successful performances with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.
Narrator and Host Niobe Thompson delivers lines straight to the audience from front of stage, facilitating a dynamic and lively performance. Teleprompters well below his eye-line ensure his narration synchronizes perfectly with music and picture, without distracting from his direct engagement with the audience. Synchronization of narration and picture is ensured by an automated dialogue replacement (ADR) system commonly found in film post-production houses.
We have produced feature 80-minute (with intermission) and 60-minute versions of the performance, and have successfully performed to evening, late-night and children’s matinée audiences. The flexibility to program across such a wide breadth of audiences makes Odyssey and Equus in Concert a terrific financial proposition for programmers. Host Niobe Thompson and composer Darren Fung are seasoned promoters, and enthusiastically participate in media events leading up to their performances.
The rental of headphones and the multiple laptop computer system and the engagement of the show’s technical director (not including travel) are included in the license and performance fee for The Great Human Odyssey In Concert.
These programs are represented by Erika Beatty of The Arts Firm.