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Horror Music Performance
Year 1 students from Music Practitioner Level 3 students have been working hard to put together a 'killer performance' since January 2017, and this hard work came to fruition with a performance to a full house on 27th April.
The unit, 'music performance to a camera' was one that gave the students a fantastic opportunity to plan and create a performance with a theme, visual aspects and engagement with both the camera and an audience!
The students decided upon the theme of horror, since a large majority of the music they enjoyed to play was dark in nature, and thematically, 'horror' was something they felt they could to achieve in terms of stage setting, costume and props.
Tutor Briony Featon said: "As a tutor of performing arts, I was able to guide the students on a more theatrical approach to performance, including stage settings and ideas that helped to inspire them to create two backdrops, which they designed and created themselves. These were an integral part of the overall performance, and honestly, it was quite astonishing to see how quickly the Lecture Theatre was transformed by having these simple, yet effective backdrops created with colourful chalk and fluorescent paint.
"Working as one large group (which is something they had never done before) meant that, at times, some performers were left doing nothing. Seizing this as an opportunity the learners decided that two of them would dance behind two hanging screens with lights behind them to cascade their shadows. This was done to the opening number, Little Monster (Royal Blood) which fitted in terms of song theme and lyrics, and provided a highly visual aspect to the opening of the gig.
"Applying stage makeup before the gig was something (as you can image) the males had not done before, but they were more than happy to get stuck into the whole idea, smearing black hand-marks all over their arms and faces, which provided a dark, ominous feel to the overall look of the gig.
"The final edited video includes some close-up hand-held shots of the group which were taken in the final full-dress run of the show, they wanted to include shots that showed detailed playing, vocal performance, and add an intense feeling to the final product with the help of grainy/black and white filters.
"The students worked extremely hard, rehearsing stage craft, performability and how to engage with an audience through the use of visuals/technology/stage props and lighting. The final product was stunning, the video captures around 70% of the magic on the day, but you really had to be there and be among the crowd to really appreciate what they managed to achieve!"
Take a look at the video below:
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