Monday, October 29, 2012

Dances and Faux Battles in 'Gilgamesh'

Our three scenes of physical conflict will be exciting and carefully crafted. The key term is choreography. These will be stylized scenes. One sequence will feature two characters wrestling; there will be no weapons brandished. The boys have already begun preparing this scene.

In another set piece, Gilgamesh and Enkidu, armed with swords and/or axes made from spray-painted Nerf material, will do battle with a bit of outsized art representing the monster Huwawa. This creature will either be played by half a dozen fifth graders inside a giant puppet produced in our Art classes, or by a shadow on a screen.

The final battle is planned to occur offstage. There will be sound effects, and soft objects like bundles of clothing may be tossed out onto the playing area, but no actual fight choreography will occur.

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