|I will just discuss one aspect of the space of "Monkey Business Class" , which deal with the theme at hand. The proscenium stage is stratified into three horizontal zones or registers, each with distinct rules: the stage floor, the video screen, and the fly loft, which, of course, is not meant to be seen. Performers can move vertically through the registers. But when the broker, for example, arrives in the second register, he is subject to the laws of video: he can be duplicated, cut up, fast forwarded... When the performer is hoisted into the third register, into the fly space, he is off stage and suspended 40' over the stage floor, available to the audience strictly through a mirror pitched up at 45 degrees.|
The chorus is made up of three singers, each a cultural stereotype associated with the three principle collaborators. The music remixes traditional popular music of those cultures. Each of the singers escorts a rolling video trolley which features his or her own pre-recorded video double. The songs are performed in various combinations: duets between singer and taped double, lip-synced sequences which slip in and out of register, songs in groupings using a variety of combinations of live and pre-recorded characters.
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